DepEd receives courtesy visit from Thai Minister of Education and SEAMEO Council President

PASIG CITY� Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones received a courtesy visit from the Minister of Education of the Kingdom of Thailand, in his official capacity as the concurrent Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Council President,His Excellency (H.E.) Teerakiat Jareonsettasin on 19 April 2017 at the DepEd Central Office (CO) in Pasig City.

This meeting was part of the SEAMEO Council President's two-day visit in the Philippines, which aimed to meet the DepEd Secretary and other DepEd Executive Committee (ExeCom) members to discuss efforts in advancing the educational system of the Philippines and other SEAMEO member countries.

To familiarize H.E. Jareonsettasin with the efforts of DepEd in providing quality, accessible, liberating and relevant education to learners, Briones introduced and explained the various programs and projects of the Department. Some of these are the Senior High School (SHS) program, Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE), and Alternative Learning System (ALS), among others.

Furthermore, this two-day visit also aimed to get updates and accomplishment reports from SEAMEO's three centers in the Philippines�the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), SEAMEO Regional Centre for Educational Innovation and Technology (INNOTECH), and SEAMEO Tropical Medicine and Public Health Network (TROPMED).

Aside from the reporting activities, H.E. Jareonsettasin also witnessed the groundbreaking ceremony for the Southeast Asian AgriMuseum and Learning Center Project, which will rise adjacent to SEARCA; and SEAMEO INNOTECH's tree planting activity, and exhibit�which depicts the Center's vision and mission, core values and strategic goals.

SEAMEO is a regional intergovernmental organization established in 1965 among the Southeast Asian countries to promote regional cooperation in education, science and culture in the region.

Source: Philippines Information Agency

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