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Under Sara Duterte’s’strong leadership, education reforms will be implemented.

MANILA – Presumptive Vice President Sara Duterte is a “strong woman leader” who can effectively advocate for improvements as head of the Department of Education, according to a party-list lawmaker (DepEd).

Representative Ducielle Cardema of the Duterte Youth party-list delivered the statement in response to accusations about Duterte’s qualifications for the position of Secretary of Education.

“If you need to reform and uplift a very large organization, especially the country’s largest like DepEd, what you basically need is a strong lead character,” Cardema said in a statement. “The nation knows that Mayor Sara Duterte is a strong woman leader with a strong political will to enact changes.”

“Anuhin mo yung mga taong may doctoral degree at ‘di na lumabas sa classroom buong buhay nila, pero mahiyain na ‘pag makikipaglaban para sa pagbabago sa mga kaguruan at takot sa pagharap sa Kongreso para ipaglaban ang mas mala (What good would people with PhD degrees do if they never leave their classrooms for the rest of their lives, shy and fearful to fight for changes for teachers and go to Congress to advocate a larger education budget?) she said.

Cardema pointed out that Duterte served on the Local School Board as Mayor of Davao City.

“Kayang kaya niya ang duty as Education Secretary, isang batang-bata na national leader na may puso ng isang ina para sa ating mga kabataan, may political will ipagtanggol ang ating mga guro at kapwa Pilipino, and may leadership talent na baguhin ang mga nakasanayang burukrasya Cardema described himself as “a young national leader with the heart of a mother for the youth, the political resolve to defend teachers and fellow Filipinos, and the leadership ability to overhaul the bureaucracy”)

With her history of violence, abuse, and impunity, the College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) is concerned that Duterte will be “an education predator.”

Tolentino’s group opposes the Reserve Officers Training Corps’ reintroduction in universities, claiming that it “simply legitimizes abuses.”

The announcement by probable President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to install Duterte in her place was hailed by outgoing DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones.

Briones previously stated, “I, along with the entire DepEd community, is prepared to collaborate with Duterte-Carpio for the transition of work.”

She stated that they will hand over the Basic Education Plan 2030 to Duterte.

“This will be the first time in the Department of Education’s history that a medium-term strategy has been left for the new group of officials. “We are convinced that the new leaders are capable of carrying on the work that we have begun,” she said.

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, chair of the Committee on Basic Education, Arts, and Culture, said Duterte had the political capital to implement critical education changes, including a review of the K to 12 system.

“She receives more than 60% of the vote.” That’s a significant amount of political capital. In a statement, Gatchalian added, “That’s a lot of political capital she can utilize to overhaul our school system.”

According to Duterte’s camp, the goal is to generate graduates who are peace-loving and patriotic and can contribute to their communities.

In a statement, Duterte added, “Our country needs a future generation of patriotic Filipinos who urge peace and discipline in their individual neighborhoods.”

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