To drum up support for the K to 12 Basic Education Program, the Department of Education (DepEd), the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), partnered with the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) for the conduct of a series of regional pre-summit conferences in Baguio, Cebu, Davao and in Metro Manila.
The pre-summit conferences were conducted at the Teachers Camp in Baguio City, Ecotech Center in Cebu City, Waterfront Insular Hotel in Davao City, and the Heritage Hotel in Manila, on December 5, 7, 9 and 12 2011, respectively. The conferences were part of the Education Week celebrations of the three agencies of government.
With the K to 12 Basic Education Program slated to be implemented in 2012, the pre-summit conferences sought to create awareness on the proposed implementation plan and generate stakeholder commitment to the program.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro FSC, CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan, and TESDA Secretary Joel Villanueva, presented the over-all implementation plan of the K to 12 program in the pre-summit conferences. These demonstrated the collaborative partnership between the agencies behind the program.
Education stakeholders, particularly, parents, students, teachers, principals, local government officials, NGO representatives, business groups, private schools and regional line agency officials, also actively participated in the conferences and provided recommendations on how to improve the program.
The pre-summit conferences will lead to the holding of a national summit in 2012 with the final implementation roadmap of the K to 12 program to be presented.
(Write-up contributed by Kidjie Saguin of DAP’s Center for Governance. For inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. )