Vice President-elect Sara Zimmerman Duterte takes her oath as the 15th Vice President of the Philippines at San Pedro Square in Poblacion District, Davao City on June 19, 2022. The oathtaking was witnessed by her parents, President Rodrigo Duterte and Elizabeth Zimmerman. Also present were President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., his wife Liza Araneta Marcos and former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. (MNS photo)

MANILA, June 20 (Mabuhay) — President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has instructed for a review on the implementation of the K to 12 program, according to Vice President-elect and incoming Education Secretary Sara Duterte on Monday.

Speaking to reporters in Davao City, Duterte said this matter should be discussed thoroughly.

“That is something na kailangan pag-usapan, na it cannot be decided overnight… but initially it is something na napagusapan din namin ni President Marcos and he already give instructions with regard to the review of the implementation of K-12 program of the Department of Education,” Duterte said.

Duterte earlier said she would look into three issues as Education chief including the effects of the pandemic on learners, the full implementation of face-to-face classes, and a thorough discussion on the K to 12 program.

Some Filipinos have already expressed their desires for the direction Duterte will take as the next DepEd Secretary. Some said the K to 12 program should be stopped.

Duterte said she is willing to have dialogues and consultations with teachers and parents’ groups to tackle the country’s education system.

“Yes of course, ang success ng city government of Davao is precisely that we’ve partner with the private sector, we consult the private sector, we consult the stakeholders kung ano ‘yung mga suggestions nila na puwedeng mai-adopt ng city government ng Davao so I will take that klase ng pagtratrabaho doon sa Department of Education,” Duterte said.

Asked about increasing the salary of teachers, Duterte said she would continue the programs of her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, on the benefits of the  teaching personnel.

“Actually the Duterte administration did something about that so we will dovetail from what the Duterte administration did for the welfare and benefits of teachers,” Duterte said.

“So, titingnan natin paano natin mapush ‘yun kung ano ‘yung mga accomplishments galing sa administration ni PRD,” she added. (MNS)

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