Vice President-elect Duterte, outgoing DepEd chief Briones meet for transition talks

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 26) – Vice President-elect Sara Duterte and outgoing Education Secretary Leonor Briones met face-to-face in their first transition briefing at the Department of Education (DepEd) Central Office in Pasig City Saturday afternoon.

The closed door meeting came five days before Duterte officially begins work as the new Education chief.

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Briones also agreed to be a consultant for the incoming administration, DepEd said in its statement.

The transition briefing kicked off with a one-on-one conversation between Duterte and Briones. However, no details were given on their discussion.

Prior to the meeting, there was an exchange of letters and communication to determine the agenda.

In the meeting with top DepEd officials, Briones gave an overview of the agency's responsibilities, the administration's contributions to education reforms, as well as policy matters needing immediate attention.

"There was a consensus on policy matters that need immediate attention: the guidelines for the incoming SY 2022-2023 and the budget for 2023. These will be the subject of immediate consultations between the concerned members of both teams," DepEd said.

Among the issues Duterte will be facing include bringing back in full swing the in-person classes, reviewing the contentious K-12 program, and addressing the recurring plea of teachers for better pay.

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The Vice President-elect likewise acknowledged the contribution of DepEd to the programs of her father, outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte. She also expressed gratitude for Briones' immediate show of support when she was selected for the post.

Briones earlier said that under her [Duterte's] leadership, "the country will see the fruition of basic education's pivot to quality, enhanced by your new insights and innovations."

The outgoing secretary reiterated her support to Duterte and has "agreed to continue work with the incoming administration as a consultant."

DepEd said that a joint farewell and welcome ceremony will take place on July 4, as the new administration assumes office a few days ahead, or at noon of June 30.