November 26, 2021

DepEd is the most trusted education agency, according to front-line educators.

The Department of Education (DepEd) celebrated its recognition as the most trusted government agency in the latest Philippine Trust Index for 2021 on Thursday (PTI).

The recognition was made possible, according to a statement, by the efforts of education front-line workers who contributed to the basic education learning continuity plan.

“While we face the pandemic’s daunting challenges on a daily basis, public trust is the quintessential backbone on which we rely to ensure that all of our programs are truly relevant and impactful in the lives of every Filipino,” the Department of Education said.

The Department of Education came in first, with a public trust rating of 91 percent, the highest among other national government agencies.

The Pag-IBIG Fund (89 percent), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (88 percent), the Government Service Insurance System, and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, all tied at 87 percent, are the other most trusted government agencies.

The PTI 2021, a biennial study conducted by communications firm EON Group, aims to assess the public’s trust in multi-tiered organizations in the face of the current pandemic.

Basic education has faced a number of challenges since the outbreak, including the implementation of blended learning and the return to face-to-face classes in the midst of the health crisis.

Budget for 2022

Meanwhile, Education Secretary Leonor Briones expressed gratitude to the Senate for passing the department’s 2022 budget, which is PHP629.8 billion, up from PHP595 billion in 2021.

“On behalf of the DepEd family, we thank and welcome our senators’ inputs for effectively allocating these funds that will undoubtedly strengthen our capacity to meet the needs of our learners and teachers, especially as we gradually reopen the schools,” Briones said in a statement.

The department’s big-ticket programs, such as computerization (94.27 percent) and government assistance and subsidies (5.73 percent), which include the Senior High School voucher program, have seen significant budget increases.

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