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PEAC celebrates National Teachers Month

The Private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC) joins everyone in thanking teachers who continue to unlock potential, nurture dreams, and make a difference in their students’ lives.

Every day, our teachers are expected to be in school early, engage with different personalities from one classroom to the next, counsel those with problems, prepare the lessons for the next day, and be a model to their students. With all their responsibilities, teachers are expected to be superheroes, but they are definitely our modern-day heroes. Our teachers deserve our gratitude, recognition, and support for everything they have taught and given us that may not be easily measured but nonetheless have contributed to what we have become.

For those who have been inspired and touched by their teachers’ passion and commitment to their noble profession, let us make National Teachers’ Month worth remembering for our dear teachers.

(The National Teachers’ Month is celebrated from September 5 to October 5.)

PEAC supports COCOPEA and PBEd’s K to 12 Regional Dialogues

The Private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC) supports the K to 12 Regional Dialogues organized by the Coordinating Council of the Private Educational Associations (COCOPEA) and the Philippine Business for Education (PBEd). The K to 12 Regional Dialogues will serve as an information drive on the K to 12 program and will target school owners, faculty, and parents. The dialogues will be hosted by COCOPEA member institutions in the regions and will run from September to October 2015.

  • September 7: Region 5 - Ateneo de Naga University, Naga City
  • September 9: Region 6 - Central Philippines University, Iloilo City
  • September 10: Region 7 - University of San Jose Recoletos, Cebu City
  • September 21: Region 9 - Lourdes College, Cagayan de Oro City
  • September 23: Region 11 - Ateneo de Davao University, Davao City
  • October 7: Region 1 - University of Pangasinan, Pangasinan
  • October 13: Region 4A - St. Michael’s College of Laguna, Laguna
  • October 16: Region 3 - Holy Angels University, Pampanga
  • October 20: Region 8 - (Venue TBA), Leyte
  • October 23: Region 12 - Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Zamboanga City

Leading to the implementation of the senior high school in 2016, the dialogues will focus on raising awareness about the K to 12 program guidelines and policies, and offering viable solutions to issues identified by the various stakeholders. It will also include a presentation of success models and ecosystem of supporting schools in transition. The dialogues will provide an open venue for ideas and recommendations concerning the K to 12 program to an audience of over 10,000 participants across the regions.

Philippine higher education sector agrees on memorandum for the next Philippine President

Private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC) members, namely Br. Jun Erguiza, Jr. FSC (CEAP President), Dr. Karen Belina F. De Leon (PACU President), and Dr. Miguel T. Udtohan (ACSCU President), along with Dr. Ricardo Rotoras (PASUC President), Dr. Jose Paulo Campos (PAPSCU President), Prof. Tomas Lopez (ALCU President), and Dr. Horacio Montefrio (TVSA President), took the lead in presenting and ratifying a memorandum on the integral role of higher education in national development for the incoming elected officials and legislators, during PBEd’s Philippine Higher Education Presidents’ Summit 2015 held at the SMX Convention Center, Taguig City last August 20, 2015.

Over 300 presidents of higher education institutions, both private and public, agreed on concrete policy action points that will strengthen higher education namely, improving program quality and faculty development, institutionalizing academe-industry-government linkages, and rationalizing tertiary education funding. The memorandum was the product of collaborative processes during the six regional consultations leading to the summit. In his article in The Manila Times (8/24/15), Fr. Joel Tabora, S. J., President of the Ateneo de Davao University, wrote that “the educators were united in the need to pull away from the current policy drift in the higher education scene through fruitful collaboration not only with a new president and national administration, but with a new crop of legislators and local government officials, all of whom bear co-responsibility for higher education in the Philippines.”

Another initiative of PBEd is the commissioned research, “Costing and Financing Philippine Higher Education,” authored by Tereso S. Tullao Jr. and a research team from De La Salle University-Angelo King Institute for Economic and Business Studies, which was released during the summit. The research offers policy recommendations that address the declining participation rates at the tertiary level, which have an effect on the quality of human resource that will work for national development. The research received funding support from the USAID.

The summit also featured Derek Muller, a physics educator who created Veritasium, a YouTube channel of science and engineering videos that aim to educate the public on science, and Sarah Stein Greenberg, Executive Director of Standford University’s d.School, a laboratory for innovative ideas on higher education learning, one of which is engaging students in real-world projects that offer solutions to today’s problems. Both presentations provided insights into redesigning higher education that is more responsive to today’s learners and realities.

The Philippine Higher Education Presidents’ Summit 2015 was supported by the PEAC.

PEAC Statement on the Passing of DepEd Usec. Francis M. Varela

PEAC supports education in Muslim Mindanao through CEAP-NABEI’s Madaris Volunteer Teachers Program

The Private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC) supported the Madaris Volunteer Teacher Program (MVP) through its Assistance to Programs and Initiatives to Reform Education (ASPIRE) program. The ASPIRE program provides support to private educational associations in the areas of capacity building, public policy and development, and institutional development.

Last June 25, 2015, the MVP had its missioning ceremony at the Tanghalang Michael Clark, Notre Dame University of Cotabato, Catabato City. DepEd Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC led the missioning of the twelve volunteers with a ceremonial distribution of bags. The volunteers will be deployed to Muslim communities to teach non-Islamic subjects in private Madaris schools. Also present at the event were Fr. Joel Tabora, S.J., Vice President of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) and PEAC Regional Program Director (RPD) for Region 11, Dr. Ombra Imam, President of the National Association for Bangsamoro Education, Inc. (NABEI), Fr. Charlie Inzon, OMI, President of Notre Dame University of Cotabato, and Ms. Doris F. Ferrer, Executive Director of the PEAC National Secretariat.

An executive session followed to engage with supervisors of NABEI member-schools and the discussion focused on the MVP and possible public- private partnerships in the Madrasah education. The MVP is a joint project of CEAP and NABEI.

Other beneficiaries of the PEAC ASPIRE program for 2015-2016 include the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associates (COCOPEA), Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU), Association of Christian Schools, Colleges and Universities (ACSCU), Philippine Association of Private Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAPSCU), Technical-Vocational Schools Association of the Philippines (TVSA), CEAP-CARAGA, and the Philippine Association for Teacher Education (PAFTE).

Attention All ESC Schools: Submission of the Billing Statements and BEIS Forms

All ESC schools are required to encode and update their grantees for the creation of the school billing statements. The deadline of the submission of the billing statements is on August 15, 2015.

The BEIS module of the ESC IMS is under maintenance. Schools are advised to encode in their BEIS electronic form starting August 16. Schools are required to print the eight-page BEIS form and to submit it to their respective PEAC Regional Secretariats. The deadline of the submission of the BEIS forms is on October 1, 2015.