The Senate and the Congress have ratified the Bicameral Conference Committee report on the K to 12 Basic Education Reform program, needing just President Aquino’s signature to make it a law of the land.
Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC has expressed elation on the swift passage of the Bill in both houses. “I am very grateful for the support of our legislators in both houses and most especially the members of the Bicameral Committee co-chaired by Senator Edgardo Angara and Congresswoman Sandy Ocampo for shepherding the discussions and pushing for the harmonized version. I also remember with gratitude the late Congressman Salvador Escudero who supported us until his last days in Congress,” Luistro said.
He explained that the Bill, which is a product of extensive consultations with multiple stakeholders, provides DepEd with the legislative support to continue the reforms it has started and intends to pursue in close coordination with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
“We eagerly await the President’s signature on this important reform in our educational system which was part of his campaign promise,” added Luistro.
Luistro pointed out that DepEd will work even more assiduously to ensure that the implementation of this Basic Education Reform program will be sustained and institutionalized even beyond the Aquino administration.