In her keynote speech during the general assembly of the Association of Private Schools, Colleges and Universities (APSCU)-Ilocos Norte Chapter held last December 11, Ms. Doris Ferrer assured the responsiveness of the PEAC and its National Secretariat to the needs of the schools, especially in the regions as she discussed the implementation of programs provided for by the E-GASTPE law, particularly the Educational Service Contracting (ESC), and other initiatives of the PEAC to assist the private education sector.
At one point of her talk, the estimated 400 school administrators and teachers applauded the National Secretariat’s proposal that all licensed teachers who are teaching ESC grantees in the participating schools receive the Teacher Salary Subsidy. Since the implementation of TSS in 2009-2010, the subsidy has been given to licensed secondary teachers. The salary subsidy given to qualified teachers is P12,000 per teacher per year.
Mr. Wilfred Malapit, DepEd Supervisor in charge of private schools in the Ilocos Norte division, Fr. Tito Bonoan, Superintendent of Diocesan schools, and Dr. Marina Abella, PEAC Regional Program Coordinator in Region 3 also attended the event.
Dr. Carol Porio, immediate past Executive Director of the PEAC Secretariat (FAPE), was celebrated by colleagues from the private education sector in a testimonial dinner held last November 28 at the Oakwood Premier-Joy Nostalg Center, Pasig City.
Dr. Karen de Leon, COCOPEA Chairperson and PACU President, recalled Dr. Porio’s long career in education in the service of the sector in her welcome address and testimonial. Other educational leaders who gave their testimonials were Dr. Mike Udtohan, ACSCU President; Br. Jun Erguiza, CEAP President; Dr. Jose Paulo Campos, PAPSCU President; and Dr. Horacio Montefrio, TVSA President.
Also in attendance were Usec. Francis Varela, representing Sec. Br. Armin Luistro FSC, NEDA DDG Margarita Songco, and Dr. Amelou Reyes of PACU who, together with Br. Erguiza and Dr. Udtohan, presented PEAC’s plaque of appreciation to Dr. Porio.
Ms. Doris Ferrer gave a toast in honor of Dr. Porio whom she cited as instrumental for the Secretariat to overcome past difficulties. Fr. Greg Bañaga, Jr., C.M., Adamson University President, led the opening prayer.
Executive Director Ferrer gave a short talk on harnessing the power of technology in schools to achieve competitiveness and inclusiveness during the launch of Globe's Education Solutions at the Mind Museum, Bonifacio Global City last November 11.
Last November 5, FAPE celebrated its 46th anniversary after a staff meeting. An organization that has served as the secretariat of the Private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC) and has implemented programs of assistance to the sector for more than four decades definitely deserved one big chocolate cake.
Moving forward, FAPE is gearing up for an enhanced delivery of programs and new initiatives to better serve the sector, which were presented by Executive Director Ferrer during the meeting so the employees would better appreciate their work in the scheme of things.
FAPE was created on November 5, 1968 by an executive order by then President Ferdinand Marcos for the purpose of assistance to the private education sector.
In her first speaking engagement as FAPE Executive Director, Doris Ferrer urged an estimated 4,000 teachers from 500 private schools in Region 4A to collectively imagine a future wherein private schools are globally competitive and sustainable during the Third Regional Congress: Education Stakeholder’s Summit and Tribute to Teachers last October 17, 2014 at the Ynares Center, Antipolo City. She said that the private schools will have to play a more active role in our education system as it faces the challenge of providing good quality education to a growing school-age population. At the start of her talk, she pointed out that Region 4A has the most number of ESC participating schools and grantees, and later she mentioned some of the FAPE programs of assistance being undertaken to help private schools attain this shared future.
Other speakers were COCOPEA’s Atty. Joseph Noel Estrada, pastor and book author Hiram Pangilinan, and motivational speaker Lawrence Anthony Mumar. The event was organized by the National Alliance of Private Schools Philippines, Rizal Private Schools Association, City of Antipolo Private Schools Association, and Alliance of Christian Schools.