CHED Chairman De Vera revealed his reason why he decided not to run for senator in 2022 elections.
CHED — Commission on Higher Education chairman Prospero “Popoy” de Vera recently revealed his reason why he decided not to run for senator in the 2022 elections.
De Vera revealed in his Facebook post on Friday that different sectors have encouraged him to join the senatorial race in the 2022 elections.
However, he noted that he decided not to run for senator in the upcoming election “after thorough consideration and discussion with my family”.
He also said that the pandemic and his personal experience with coronavirus infection made him took a step back and realized that family and health were paramount.
On Saturday, De Vera announced in a separate post on Facebook that he got a negative test result after a 14-day mandatory quarantine. He shared that it’s a difficult 14 days which made him reflect and realize the importance of health and family.
As he shelved his political plans, he thanked all of those in the educational community, local governments, and “friends who personally pledged their support” as they encouraged him to run in the 2022 elections.
De Vera also said that he’s honored for their support and sincerely appreciated their confidence. However, he believed that there will be “difficult challenges in mounting an effective political campaign” as they continued to battle the coronavirus disease.
Meanwhile, he said that he’ll use the remaining months of his term as CHED Chairman in order to “ensure the continuing implementation of flexible learning and the successful transition to face-to-face classes”.
He also vowed that he’ll push for “prompt and full vaccination of all education stakeholders” — particularly the students — as their health and safety remained his priority.
Moreover, he said that he will “aggressively promote education as an election issue” and will also support candidates with a track record on education reform.