As the next Secretary of the Department of Education (DepEd), presumptive Vice President Sara Duterte-Carpio ensures that the government will respond to the call of the times and vowed to push forward the reforms in DepEd to produce young Filipinos who are determined to achieve their full potentials as individuals.
“Kailangan natin ngayon ang bagong henerasyon na may disiplina at pagmamahal sa bayan — mga batang Pilipino na tutulong sa pamahalaan para sa pagpapanday at pagpapatibay ng kapayapaan at kaunlaran sa ating bansa,” Duterte-Carpio said in her thanksgiving speech on Friday.
Duterte-Carpio has agreed to the offer of presumptive President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to head the DepEd to help produce “skilled learners” for the country.
Meanwhile, Liloan town mayor Christina Frasco, political spokesperson of Duterte-Carpio, clarified that there were no discussions with DepEd on making the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) mandatory.
This is in line with the remark made by lawyer Bruce Rivera, who is a supporter and friend of Duterte-Carpio, in an interview with a Manila-based media, saying that Duterte-Carpio wants the return of mandatory ROTC.
“This is to clarify claims by Atty. Bruce Rivera that Vice President-elect Sara Duterte’s priority in the Department of Education will be mandatory ROTC. There has been no discussion on this matter either with Atty. Rivera or with the DepEd pending the official proclamation of the VP-elect,” Frasco said in a statement.
Frasco added that while Duterte-Carpio looks forward to fulfilling her role as a DepEd Secretary, she is respectful of the transition process and therefore all policy discussions will be had post-proclamation.
It can be recalled that appointing Duterte-Carpio as DepEd Secretary has stirred a lot of reactions from the netizens as the position will allow her to carry out her thrust of making ROTC mandatory for all 18-year-old Filipinos if she wins as vice president.