The Catholic Education Association of the Philippines (CEAP) has expressed its willingness to cooperate with the new secretary of the Department of Education as new government leaders take over after the May 9, 2022 election.
After the expression of presumptive President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. of his plan to appoint presumptive Vice-President Sara Duterte as the next Department of Education secretary, CEAP hopes that Duterte will give priority to the crisis in education that the country is presently facing caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Alan Arellano, executive director of CEAP, the position and popularity of the incoming Vice-President may be of great help in influencing the young people to become better Filipinos.
“Her popularity may be an asset to influence the young people to be better Filipinos. If indeed she will be the one to run the department, we hope that she could address the education crisis we are facing. In the days to come, she may be consulting the education stakeholders. We are willing to be part of that process,” Arellano said in an interview with Radio Veritas.
Although the incoming Vice President denied the proposal to bring back the mandatory Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC), CEAP expressed readiness to assist in the formulation of policies in case it is implemented.
“Kung magiging bahagi eto ng kurikulum, tutulong kami sa pagbalangkas ng mga nararapat na pagpapahalaga na dapat matutuhan ng kabataan na magiging makadiyos, makabayan, makatao at makakalikasan,” Arellano said.
Various religious and youth groups fear that the Marcos administration will delete the record and data of Martial Law and will re-write the history of the country.
CEAP also stressed that the truth could never be changed. Arellano added that Catholic and private schools will continue to teach the younger generations the facts of history as well as teach them the lessons that history brings that will strengthen the students’ judgment to always choose and stand up for what is right.
According to official CEAP records, there are more than 1,600 Catholic and private schools that are members of the association in the Philippines. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)