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Department  of Education: Brief History

YEAR

OFFICIAL NAME OF DECS

OFFICIAL TITULAR HEAD

LEGAL BASES

1863

Superior Commission of Primary Instruction

Chairman

Educational Decree of 1863

1901-1916

Department of Public Instruction

General Superintendent

Act. No. 74 of the Philippine Commission, Jan. 21, 1901

1916-1942

Department of Public Instruction

Secretary

Organic Act Law of 1916 (Jones Law)

1942-1944

Department of Education, Health and Public Welfare

Commissioner

Renamed by the Japanese Executive Commission, June 11, 1942

1944-

Department of Education, Health and Public Welfare

Minister

Renamed by Japanese Sponsored Philippine Republic

same year

Department of Public Instruction

Secretary

Renamed by Japanese Sponsored Philippine Republic

1945-1946

Department of Public Instruction and Information

Secretary

Renamed by the Commonwealth Government

1946-1947

Department of Instruction

Secretary

Renamed by the Commonwealth Government

1947-1975

Department of Education

Secretary

E.O. No. 94 October 1947 (Reorganization Act of 1947)

1975-1978

Department of Education and Culture

Secretary

Proc. No. 1081, September 24, 1972

1978-1984

Ministry of Education and Culture

Minister

P.D. No. 1397, June 2, 1978

1984-1986

Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports

Minister

Education Act of 1982

1987-1994

Department of Education, Culture and Sports

Secretary

E.O. No. 117. January 30, 1987

1994-2001

Department of Education, Culture and Sports

Secretary

RA 7722 and RA 7796, 1994 Trifocalization of Education Management

2001 – present

Department of Education

Secretary

RA 9155,  August 2001 (Governance of Basic Education Act)

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Date Created: May 07, 2005
Last Update: July 10, 2006