President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed hope that his successor would be more competent and productive in addressing issues faced by the country.
“I hope that the next administration will be more competent than us now, brighter than us now, and more productive than us now,” Duterte said. He even promised to support the next administration. "I'd be on the sidelines providing inputs and recommendations," the president said during his weekly address on Monday (July 12) after acknowledging the World Bank apology over its report on the state of education in the Philippines.
The international body has since apologized for publishing the study prematurely and without taking into account data inputs from the Department of Education.
According to the World Bank’s report, the country's education system is behind the curve, enumerating several gaps in the Philippines’ education sector.
Duterte, however, argued that that if the Philippines had enough funding, the government would be able to improve basic social services.
"Kung may pera sanang marami (If only there was a lot of money) then we could have upgraded everything but we have not been able to work in our economy," Duterte said during his briefing.
Duterte then lauded Education Secretary Leonor Briones for demanding an apology from the international body, which had issued data showing that 80% of Filipino students had failed to meet minimum proficiency standards.
The president also said that he expects World Bank to craft a more "accurate" assessment of the country’s education system.
"I'm sure that the Department of Education is working on new set of data to them so that they can correct the figures and data inputs," Duterte added.
Duterte went on to say that the education department was working hard to rectify the “misconception," promising that it would provide data to the international body that would present a more "accurate situation” of the country’s education system.
Over the weekend, Vice President Leni Robredo urged the administration to declare an education crisis in order to source additional funding.
Contradicting the vice president, Briones noted that the Philippines had only recently joined the international education assessment.
The Philippines is set to hold a general election in May next year for the executive (president and vice president) and legislative (national, provincial, and local, except for the barangay level) branches of govenrment.
Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.
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