Sen. Angara Named DepEd Secretary by PBBM

DepEd Secretary

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. announced Senator Juan Edgardo ‘Sonny’ Angara’s appointment as the Secretary of the Department of Education (DepEd) on Tuesday. This decision follows Vice-President Sara Duterte’s resignation from the DepEd Secretary position, effective July 19, 2024.

Here are some details according to the report of Tutubi News Magazine.

Official Announcement and Acceptance

During the 17th Cabinet Meeting at Malacañang Palace, President Marcos formally introduced Angara as the new DepEd Secretary, noting that Angara promptly accepted the responsibility. Marcos emphasized Angara’s readiness to lead the department, stating, “Sonny has agreed to take on the brief of the Department of Education.”

Angara brings a wealth of legislative experience and achievements in educational reform since his Senate tenure began in 2013. With academic credentials including a Master of Laws from Harvard University, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of the Philippines, and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the London School of Economics, Angara’s educational background is well-suited for his new role.

His legislative successes include pivotal acts such as the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act and the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 (K-12). Angara’s efforts have earned endorsements from influential educational bodies such as the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (COCOPEA) and the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU).

President’s Recognition and Expectations

President Marcos highlighted the DepEd’s critical role in national development, emphasizing the significance of effective leadership under Angara’s stewardship. He expressed confidence in the forthcoming changes within the DepEd, stating, “We have many excellent candidates.”

Furthermore, the government conveyed appreciation to Vice-President Sara for her service at the DepEd, anticipating a seamless transition under Secretary Angara’s leadership.

Read Also: President Marcos Struggles to Choose New DepEd Secretary


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