The country’s first higher education summit was held on November 14-15 at The Oriental Hotel in Legazpi City. Initiated by RDC 5, the summit was organized by CHED Region 5 in collaboration with the regional offices of DepEd, TESDA, and DILG, and the Bicol Foundation for Higher Education.
The summit identified emerging issues and concerns that affect the education sector and generated proposals, recommendations, and commitments to effect more efficient, relevant, responsive, accessible, affordable and quality higher education to support the objectives of the regional development plan. Summit proposals and commitments covered four areas: basic education, technical-vocational education, local universities and colleges, and higher education.
Over 500 delegates from public and private colleges and universities regionwide and representatives from DepEd, DILG, TESDA, and LGUs participated in the summit. CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan in her keynote speech presented the higher education strategic plan, highlighting the role of education institutions in poverty alleviation and inclusive growth.
NEDA Regional Director and RDC Vice Chairman Romeo Escandor presented the Bicol regional development plan (RDP). He focused on the desired outcomes of the RDP especially in the education sector, saying that “The goal of education is to produce good and productive citizens in the service of the country”. He encouraged support to the RDP strategies on improving education services at all levels.
Ms. Clarine Tobias of the Bicol Competitiveness Committee presented the country’s standing in terms of competitiveness indicators in the educational system. President Antonio Kalaw, Jr of the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) stressed the role of DAP in empowering the education sector through professional trainings. Dr. Gloria Mercado, DAP Vice President for Academic Affairs, encouraged the participants to strengthen the management of state universities and colleges through the Executive Development Program.