PNOY's SONA and Philippine Education

July 28, 2010

Oras na maipatupad ang public-private partnerships na ito, mapopondohanang mga serbisyong panlipunan, alinsunod sa ating plataporma. Magkakapondo na po para maipatupad ang mga plano natin sa edukasyon.

Mapapalawak natin ang basic education cycle mula sa napakaikling sampung taon tungo sa global standard na labindalawang taon. Madadagdagan natin ang mga classroom. Mapopondohan natin ang service contracting sa ilalim ng GASTPE.

Pati ang conditional cash transfers, na magbabawas ng pabigat sa bulsa ng mga pamilya, madadagdan na rin ng pondo.

President Benigno C. Aquino III
26 July 2010 State of the Nation Address

Philippine Business for Education welcomes President Aquino’s inclusion of key policy issues for Philippine Education in his first State of the Nation Address last 26 July 2010. His statements on education send a clear signal to the country that education shall be his and his government’s priority – a call made by PBEd and the larger umbrella of education stakeholders under the Education Nation umbrella during the 2010 election campaign.

President Aquino zeroed in on 4 key reform areas: expanding the basic education cycle from 10 to 12 years, filling the gaps in the system of classrooms, books and teachers, expanding education service contracting and continuing conditional cash transfers. PBEd notes that the President’s mention of these four areas was surely done on purpose to reiterate what we have been saying so many times already.

THAT QUALITY EDUCATION FOR ALL IS INDEED ABOUT FILLING THE GAPS AS WELL AS CORRECTING WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE SYSTEM. It is not about one over the other nor one before the other. A system wide approach to reform is necessary. Doing otherwise may just lead us to spending more in both the medium and long terms.

PBEd, together with Education Nation, expresses its willingness once more to work in partnership with government to make possible system wide and sustained education reform. Just as volunteerism propelled the Aquino Government into power, so too shall change in Philippine Education become reality. Already, school-community partnerships on the ground have shown the way forward in making schools perform better. Government and the private sector must ensure that these islands of excellence become the norm for all by scaling up these successful initiatives. Public-Private Partnerships or PPPs must indeed become part of our education reform effort and PBEd commits to facilitating, encouraging, initiating and seeing through such partnerships.

Respectfully yours,

EDILBERTO C. DE JESUS
Asian Institute of Management

GUILLERMO M. LUZ
Ayala Foundation, Incorporated

SATURNINO G. BELEN
Bato-Balani Foundation, Incorporated

MSGR. GERARDO O. SANTOS
Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines

DR. CARIDAD C. LABE
Coalition for Better Education – Cebu

FE A. HIDALGO
Commission on National Language

BRO. ARMIN A. LUISTRO
De La Salle University

EDICIO DELA TORRE
Education Network Philippines

MARIA LIM AYUYAO
Foundation for Worldwide People Power

MARIO A. DERIQUITO
League of Corporate Foundations & 57-75 Education Reform Movement

ANICETO M. SOBREPEÑA
Metrobank Foundation, Incorporated

MARIO TAGUIWALO
National Institute for Policy Studies

JUAN MIGUEL M. LUZ
National Institute for Policy Studies

ARNULFO H. EMPLEO
National Association of Public Secondary School Heads Incorporated

MERLE C. TAN
National Institute for Science and Math Education Development

VICENTE K. FABELLA
Phillippine Association of Colleges and Universities

RAMON R. DEL ROSARIO, JR
Philippine Business for Education

CHITO B. SALAZAR
PHINMA Education Network

EDWARD I. LIM
Sarang Bangun Foundation

MILWIDA M. GUEVARA
Synergeia Foundation

BENJO G. BASAS
Teachers’ Dignity Coalition

DINA JOANA S. OCAMPO-CRISTOBAL
University of the Philippines – College of Education

VICENTE PAQUEO
University of the Philippines School of Economics (Former Professor)