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VP Sara Duterte Advocates for Teacher Education and Learner Welfare in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR — During her visit to Malaysia, Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte emphasized the importance of launching 'flagship projects' aimed at supporting teachers and learners. Her visit underscores the Philippines' commitment to enhancing education and fostering the well-being of students and educators within the Southeast Asian region.

According to Philippines News Agency, who currently serves as the president of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), the agenda for her discussions with the Malaysian government includes crucial topics such as teacher education and the protection and well-being of learners. "We hope to work with the Malaysian government with regard to teacher education and learner's protection and well-being," Duterte stated upon her arrival on Monday.

During her stay, Duterte is scheduled to meet with Malaysian Education Minister Fadhlina Sidek and Deputy Prime Minister Dato' Sri Fadillah Yusof on Tuesday. Additionally, her itinerary includes visits to the TROPMED School at the SEAMEO Center and Setapak Vocational College, highlighting her focus on educational collaboration and exchanges.

SEAMEO, established in 1965, is a regional intergovernmental organization dedicated to promoting cooperation in education, science, and culture among countries in Southeast Asia.

Furthermore, Duterte addressed her relationship with Philippine President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., dispelling any speculation about discord. "We have no problem with each other. President Bongbong Marcos and I are doing good. We are okay in terms of our relationship, both personal and work relationship," she affirmed. She also mentioned that discussions about the remarks made by her father, former President Rodrigo Duterte, and her brother, Davao City Mayor Sebastian Duterte, against the chief executive had not taken place.

In her commitment to convey President Marcos' sentiments to the Filipino community in Malaysia, Duterte said, "The message of President Bongbong Marcos for our OFWs is also a message of love, especially with Valentine's Day coming. His message of love and hard work for the betterment of our country so we can see a new Philippines." This message is particularly poignant as she prepares to dine with Filipino community leaders in Malaysia on Tuesday night, further strengthening ties between the Philippines and its citizens working abroad.