Vice President Sara Duterte and US Vice President Kamala D. Harris discussed a number of matters during their meeting at the Aguado House in Manila.
The Office of the Vice President (OVP) revealed that some issues and topics discussed during their meeting covered education, security, and employment.
On education, VP Duterte shared she is looking forward to the institutionalization of the blended learning modality in the Philippines.
VP Duterte announced recently that the Department of Education (DepEd) is continuing to review blended learning as a permanent mode of instruction as the School Year 2022-2023 nears and with Covid-19 still impacting the country.
Blended learning is an approach that combines traditional face-to-face teaching methods with online-based instructions.
VP Duterte also discussed with Harris the enormous negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the education of Filipino children, resulting in learning losses.
Harris was reportedly impressed by Duterte’s work and responsibilities as VP and DepEd Secretary.
On security, Harris shared with VP Duterte that the US strongly commits to backing the Philippines against forces that might attack the country.
VP Duterte, on the other hand, said that coming from Mindanao, one of her agenda is security and anti-terrorism.
“Security is my first love,” Duterte said.
On employment, both talked about training that could help create jobs.
VP Duterte shared that the government is implementing the K-12 program and is working with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) on skills training for senior high school learners.
This is the first time that the second highest-ranking officials of the Philippines and the US met.
Aside from VP Duterte, Harris also met President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. during her visit to the Philippines from November 20 to 22, 2022.