July 25, 2021

Free education and pandemic assistance are two of the most important PRRD legacies

The opening of doors for Filipino youth to explore possibilities, leading to empowerment, success, and fulfillment of their goals, is one of the many things that President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration will be known for.

Students, especially the underprivileged, got an excellent education and fair resource allocation via the Department of Education.

The Department of Public Works and Highways stated in May 2021 that it had built different basic education facilities throughout the country, including 150,149 classrooms and 2,064 school workshop buildings.

“Nakapagpadagdag din tayo ng 206,000 na guro na madaragdagan pa ng humigit kumulang na 10,000 sa darating na August,” Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Rolando Bautista said during the “Pamana ng Pagbabago: The 2021 Pre-SONA (State of the Nation Address) Forum” at the Philippine International Convention Center.

As a precursor to Duterte’s last SONA on Monday, Bautista is the head of the Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cluster, which highlighted significant achievements in social protection, health, education, agriculture, and employment sectors.

According to Bautista, the government’s continuous execution of the K to 12 program has allowed it to ensure that 3.2 million pupils have the necessary academic abilities and are constantly educated to meet international standards.

“Natulungan rin ng pamahalaan ang mahigit na 2.2 million na kabataan na nais mag-aral ng high school ngunit walang sapat na kakayahang pinansiyal sa pamamagitan ng (The government also assisted about 2.2 million financially challenged youth who wanted to finish high school through) assistance programs tulad ng (like the)

The Duterte administration reinforced Republic Act 11510, or the Alternative Learning System (ALS) Act, to ensure that out-of-school adolescents and indigenous peoples get sufficient and timely attention and assistance for their fundamental learning requirements.

More than 3.6 million people have been diagnosed with ALS thus far.

Learning that is a combination of traditional and non-traditional methods

To guarantee that learning continues and all Filipino children get an excellent education in the face of the Covid-19 epidemic, the Department of Education (DepEd) enabled modular remote learning by distributing over one million computers, laptops, and tablets to 93 percent of the country’s schools.

In accordance with this, the Department of Education (DepEd) has educated teacher-broadcasters who use television and radio to educate students who do not have access to the Internet. There have been 1,427 episodes produced so far.

The safety of students and instructors comes first, which is why face-to-face courses are still being suspended despite the existence of additional transmissible coronavirus types and the fact that population protection via vaccinations has yet to be accomplished.

“Binigyan tayo ng assurance ni (National Task Force Against Covid-19 chief) Secretary (Carlito) Galvez na susubukan nila (We were given assurance by Secretary Galvez that they will try) to vaccinate our learners at particular ages and our teachers by August, perhaps the latest,” DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said in previous interviews.

“Pwede na siguro ma-consider ‘yung lagi namin pino-suggest na i-pilot ang (It may be considered, as we usually propose, to pilot) face-to-face by that time,” Briones said.

Senior high school graduates have the choice of continuing their education, improving their abilities, or starting a job or starting a company.

These were made possible by the signing of Republic Act 10931, or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, in 2017, which allowed 1.6 million students to enroll in 219 state universities and colleges across the country and provided 2.2 million students with student loans through the Student Financial Assistance Program.

Meanwhile, 9.8 million students graduated from the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Program of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) between March 16 and December 31, 2020, with 93 percent of them receiving certification.

The TESDA Online Program has approximately 1.2 million enrolled users as of June 14, 2021.

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