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Sonny Angara Appointed as Philippines’ New DepEd Secretary

New DepEd Secretary

In a significant development for the Philippine education sector, Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara has been appointed as the new Secretary of the Department of Education (DepEd), effective July 19, 2024. This decision, announced by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. during a recent Cabinet meeting, marks a pivotal moment as Angara steps into a role crucial for the nation’s educational future.

A Background of Excellence and Dedication

New DepEd Secretary

Sonny Angara brings a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to education reform to his new position. The son of the late Senate president and esteemed educator Edgardo Angara, he has long been a staunch advocate for education rights and improvements in the Philippines.

His political career began as a congressman for Aurora from 2004 to 2013, during which time he actively championed educational initiatives, notably co-authoring the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013, which paved the way for the K to 12 program.

Since 2013, Angara has relentlessly pursued legislation aimed at enhancing the educational landscape during his tenure as a senator. His role as a commissioner in the Second Congressional Commission on Education (EDCOM 2) underscores his dedication to addressing critical issues within the education sector, promising a comprehensive review of the K to 12 program to ensure its relevance and effectiveness.

Angara’s appointment has garnered widespread support from key educational organizations and leaders, including endorsements from the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations, the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities, and Philippine Business for Education. Senate President Chiz Escudero also voiced strong support, citing Angara’s competence, track record, and experience as qualifications that make him ideally suited for the role.

Challenges and Opportunities Ahead

Angara inherits a significant challenge in his new role, including addressing the poor performance of Filipino students in global education assessments. Reports indicate a pressing need for reforms to improve literacy rates and educational outcomes across the country. Angara is expected to continue with urgency and dedication the task of reviewing the K to 12 curriculum to enhance its relevance and effectiveness, which his predecessor, Vice President Sara Duterte, had initiated.

Additionally, in accepting the appointment, Angara expressed humility and a profound sense of duty, emphasizing his commitment to collaborating with all sectors of society to ensure every Filipino child has access to quality education. He aims to build upon the achievements of Vice President Duterte, pledging to work towards educational reforms that empower students and equip them with the skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly evolving global landscape.

Angara’s educational background, including degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science and Harvard Law School, underscores his strong foundation in international relations and law, which will be invaluable as he navigates the complexities of educational policy and reform.


Sonny Angara’s appointment as Secretary of the Department of Education marks a pivotal moment for Philippine education. With a distinguished background in legislative advocacy and a deep commitment to reform, Angara steps into his new role poised to address critical challenges facing the educational sector.

Furthermore, supported by endorsements from key stakeholders and armed with a comprehensive vision for educational improvement, Angara’s leadership promises a renewed focus on enhancing literacy rates, improving educational outcomes, and empowering Filipino students for success in a rapidly changing global landscape.

As he takes on this responsibility, Angara’s blend of experience, dedication, and strategic vision positions him as a catalyst for meaningful educational reform in the Philippines.

Read Also: Vice President Sara Duterte Resigns from Marcos Cabinet, DepEd, and NTF-ELCAC


Written by Marjo Piedad

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📍Cebu, Philippines
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