On March 28, DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro presented “The State of Education” to the members of the Philippine Business for Education. He
emphasized the trifocalization of education in the Philippines between DepEd, CHED, and TESDA.
Sec. Armin discussed DepEd’s performance indicators, their change agenda, budget trends, resources, current initiatives, and strategic directions. The K + 12 Basic Education Program was identified as a flagship reform strategy. Also discussed were DepEd initiatives to address the shortage on classrooms, teachers, sanitation facilities, textbooks, and school seats. Apart from K + 12, DepEd has focused on adopting the indigenous people education framework,
strengthening the use of ICT in education, and implementing the five key reforms of the Basic Education Reform Agenda: a) school-based management; b)
national learning strategies; c) quality assurance and accountability; d) complementary interventions; and e) institutional culture change.