Valisno formally assumes post as DepEd secretary

March 15, 2010 11:37 pm 

By Hannibal C. Talete

MANILA, March 15 – Newly designated Education Secretary Mona Valisno formally assumed office following a simple turnover ceremony on Monday held at the Bulwagan Karunungan at the Department of Education (DepEd) Complex, in Pasig City.

Outgoing Education Secretary Jesli Lapus led DepEd official as he formally turned over the post to Valisno, who is a member of the Presidential Task Force on Education (PTFE) on concurrent capacity.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo earlier designated Valisno as the new education secretary after naming Lapus as the new Trade secretary, replacing Peter Favila who was named as member of the Monetary Board, the highest policy making body of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

The latest exodus of government officials under Arroyo administration came after a number of cabinet secretaries resigned from their post to run in the coming May 2010 elections.

Lapus, in his speech, expressed his gratitude with DepEd officials and education stakeholders in support of his administration.

Lapus took over as education secretary in 2006, replacing then education secretary Fe Hidalgo.

Under Lapus watch, DepEd gained a 62 percent public approval and was listed as among the least corrupt government agency.

Lapus was also ranked as number one top performing cabinet official of the Arroyo administration.

It was also under Lapus watch that bigger budget in education was extended from P121.5 billion in 2006 to close to P150 billion for this year.

Lapus also introduced the administration of National Career Achievement Examination (NCAE) for graduating high school students, replacing the defunct National College Entrance Examination (NCEE).

Lapus also institutionalized the connection of internet in all public schools in the country as well as the integration of pre-school level in the basic public school system of the country.

Also, Lapus relaunched the DepEd”s Adopt-A-School Program (ASP) which has generated some P7.3-billion worth of commitments from private sector in 2009 to help and assist the public schools across the country. (PNA)

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