BEDP 2030 to focus on immediate impacts of Covid-19 on learning, participation — DepEd

Published June 29, 2022, 6:55 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

The immediate impacts of Covid-19 on learning and participation will be the focus of the first phase of the newly-crafted Basic Education Development Plan 2030 (BEDP 2030) of the Department of Education (DepEd).

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In line with its commitment to address the challenges faced by the country’s education system, DepEd developed the BEDP 2030 and launched it this month.

DepEd said that the 302-page BEDP document, which will be implemented from 2020 to 2030, is fully aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals 2030. Phase 1, DepEd said, will be focusing on the immediate impacts of Covid-19 among learners.

At the onset of the pandemic in 2020, the Philippine government ordered school closures.

DepEd, to ensure that education will continue, has implemented the Basic Education – Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP) which focuses on distance learning. Classes in school year 2020-2021 opened in Oct. 5, 2021 amid the public health situation brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Under the BE-LCP, various learning modalities were utilized such as modular learning, online learning, television and radio-based instruction, and the combination of these modalities under blended learning.

In November 2021, DepEd finally implemented the pilot testing of limited face-to-face classes in basic education.


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Currently, the expansion phase of limited face-to-face classes is being implemented.

In the coming School Year (SY) 2022-2023, DepEd is eyeing the full implementation of face-to-face classes in all schools nationwide.


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Phase 2 of BEDP 2030, on the other hand, will focus on sustaining the gains and evaluating programs.

Together with key stakeholders and partners, DepEd said that the BEDP 2030 is part of its commitment to uphold the goals set for the country’s basic education.

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“We need to confront the bottom line and set the trajectory towards 2030,” Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said.

“This administration has ventured into developing a long-term plan for basic education to strategically address the immediate impacts of the pandemic on learning, and to also confront the challenge on quality of education,” she added.

The BEDP 2030 is considered the first long-term plan of the DepEd for basic education that covers Kindergarten to Senior High School including non-formal education.

It aims to address the current challenges faced by the basic education sector through its four pillars, namely access, equity, quality, and resiliency and wellbeing.

DepEd and Educ Forum developed BEDP 2030 through a highly participatory and consultative process that considered the views and priorities of all stakeholders in the education sector.

The BEDP 2030, DepEd said, is also intended to be a “living document” that will be subject to the continuing review and refinements of the incoming DepEd leadership.

Undersecretary and Chief of Staff Nepomuceno Malaluan also noted that BEDP 2030 is a “progression and enhanced forward projection of the reforms under previous administrations, and the present administration, emphasizing the continuity of the education reform process.”


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