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As she prepares to head the Department of Education in the next administration, presumptive vice president Sara Duterte-Carpio on Friday vowed to introduce reforms in the education sector.

“I, as the next Secretary of the Department of Education, will make sure that our government responds to the call of the times,” Sara said during a virtual thanksgiving party with her supporters.

“I promise to push forward reforms in DepEd so that we can produce young Filipinos who are determined to achieve their full potential as individuals,” she added.

For the presidential daughter, the Philippines needs a new generation of individuals who are disciplined and who embody the love for the country.

“We need young Filipinos who will help the government forge and strengthen peace and development in our country,” she said.

In a short press briefing on 11 May, presumptive Bongbong Marcos announced to the media that he has selected his running mate to take the helm of DepEd.

The former senator is confident that Sara can perform best as the DepEd chief as she is a “mother” who wants her “children to be well-trained and well-educated.”

Last Thursday, senator Risa Hontiveros said it would be better if an education expert would lead DepEd, as education experts would best address the pandemic-induced ongoing education crisis in the country.

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT), likewise, said an educator who understands the struggles of teachers should be the DepEd secretary.

Sara initially preferred to lead the Department of National Defense.

However, after a discussion, she said she and Bongbong decided to place her in a position where she could produce “skilled” and “patriotic” learners.

Bongbong’s camp also justified Sara’s qualification to lead DepEd, saying that aside from being a lawyer, she has the trust and confidence of the 31 million Filipinos who voted for her.

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