By Darryl John Esguerra

ORDERLY TRANSITION. Vice President Sara Duterte delivers her speech following her resignation as the Secretary of the Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday (June 19, 2024). Duterte said her functions will end on July 19 to ensure an orderly transition to the next DepEd Secretary. (DepEd Philippines Screengrab)

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has yet to identify an officer-in-charge (OIC) for the Department of Education (DepEd) following the resignation of Vice President Sara Duterte as education chief, Malacañang said Thursday.

“Sa July 19 pa effectivity ng resignation niya, wala pa OIC (Her resignation’s effectivity is on July 19, there’s no OIC yet),” Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Secretary Cheloy Garafil told reporters.

Duterte handed her “irrevocable” resignation as DepEd secretary and vice chairperson of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) at 2:21 p.m. Wednesday.

“I hereby tender my irrevocable resignation as Secretary of the Department of Education (DepEd) and Co-Vice Chairperson of the NTF-Elcac (National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict) effective 19 July 2024,” Duterte’s letter to Marcos read as obtained by the media from the DepEd.

Duterte added she has prepared a “30-day transition plan” to ensure a proper and orderly turnover in the Education Department.

With her resignation, Duterte also effectively left Marcos’ Cabinet.

The Vice President said she would remain of service to the country through her office.

She also thanked the President for the opportunity to serve his Cabinet. (PNA)