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PH to hold post as SEAMEC president --- DepEd 

The Philippines, led by the Department of Education (DepEd), will hold the post of President of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Council this year.

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The country, through DepEd, will commence its presidency during the opening ceremony of the 52nd SEAMEO Council Conference on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

At this year’s conference, Singapore --- which assumed the presidency of the SEAMEO Council (SEAMEC) for a two-year term or from 2021 to 2022 --- will hand over the leadership to the Philippines.

SEAMEC is the SEAMEO’s highest policy-making body.

DepEd is currently under the leadership of Vice President Sara Duterte who serves as the Education Secretary in a concurrent capacity.

The SEAMEO Council Conference is a biennial meeting where Education Ministers from 11 SEAMEO member countries which include Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam discuss educational cooperation in the Southeast Asian region.

With the theme “Transformation through Learning Exchange: Building Resilient Systems as a Region,” this year’s SEAMEO Council Conference will be held until Feb. 10.

Courtesy of DepEd FB page

During the three-day conference, high-level officials and Education Ministers from member countries are expected to attend.

The conference, DepEd explained, will also be a “collaborative platform for education leaders in Southeast Asia to discuss and plan the development of relevant policies related to quality education in the region.”

In 2021-2022, former Education Secretary Leonor Briones served as the Vice President of SEAMEC.