Education stakeholders in the province of Ilocos Norte on Thursday said they are looking forward to having more disciplined and patriotic students once presumptive Vice President Sara Duterte-Carpio officially takes over as secretary of the Department of Education (DepEd).
Bangui National High School principal Joel Manuel said the incoming DepEd chief “would surely make student discipline, citizenship training, and values formation as centerpieces of Philippine education.”
According to Manuel, going back to the practice of Citizens Army Training and scouting for students will do good for the students.
Another school principal, Rizalina Tejada Manzano from Piddig, Ilocos Norte, also welcomed this development as she underscored that the drills will help mold the students as better citizens of the nation.
“I was once a platoon leader and problem-solver in tactical competitions during my school days. I really can attest that the learnings and practices especially the military discipline I’ve gained from it were contributory to what I am now as a leader,” Manzano said.
Two days after the elections, presumptive president Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. announced that he would appoint his running mate as DepEd chief.
Duterte-Carpio is a lawyer and has a bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy from the San Pedro College in Davao. She also attended San Beda University and obtained a law degree from San Sebastian College-Recoletos in Manila. She, however, has no formal experience in the education sector.
It may be recalled that the incoming DepEd chief has been vocal about pushing for mandatory military service for Filipinos aged 18 and up once she gets elected as vice president.
But she said her proposal would be different from the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps — that her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, also wanted to be revived but did not materialize.
She also vowed to replicate nationwide the disaster preparedness training of the Sangguniang Kabataan in Davao City, where they also conducted a community emergency response team training.
Source: Philippines News Agency