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Department of Education’s Mission states that “We dream of Filipinos who passionately love their country and whose values and competencies enable them to realize their full potential and contribute meaningfully to building the nation.”
In fast few weeks, Presumptive Vice President Sara Duterte has vowed to look after the welfare of teachers and non-teachers of the Department of Education (DepEd) when he takes office in July this year. Duterte has expressed concern about the situation of some teachers who are “deeply in debt” due to the presence of moneylenders within the organization.
Mayor Sara said another non-teacher left Davao City to go to her office and ask for help with loans. She said she was saddened to hear that the teacher was earning only PHP 1,000 a month as most of his salary was going into his borrowed money.
Duterte expressed concern that teachers who were attacked by their own problems could disrupt the quality of teaching in schools.
“That is the sad reality for our teachers. I saw it when I was the mayor of Davao City. They were enticed by companies who offered them loans. They were paying big interest rates,” Duterte said.
It is one of DepEd’s goals to improve the well-being of teachers and staff. Given that the Department of Education has a high number of public service employees, the appropriate needs must be addressed. Presumptuous Vice President Sara Duterte also highlighted her commitment to producing talented students during her tenure as DepEd secretary.
“I only have six years to work with you and to improve your welfare and the quality of education in our country. “I am soliciting your support that we may come up with something concrete to improve the welfare of the teaching and non-teaching staff of the DepEd, and see a better country with learners that are disciplined and patriotic,” Duterte said.