The Philippine academic sector is addressing the challenge of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) integration by 2015. Top educators met at the Philippine Education Conference on December 2-3, 2013, which discussed government initiatives, particularly the ASEAN Qualification Reference Framework and Philippine Qualification Framework, and steps proposed or the Philippine readiness when trade and education barriers are removed within the region.
The conference, with the theme “Educational Leadership for Global Competitiveness and Sustainability: Responding to the Challenges of ASEAN 2015” was organized by Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines and the Fund for Assistance to Private Education.
President Benigno S. Aquino III, in his message, called on educational leaders to help the Filipino youth become “agents of revitalization” and “true assets” of society. He assured that the government continues to work with private sector to empower the youth through better education. With private agencies supporting our government’s agenda, we gain further traction to widen the reach of empowerment and enhance learning across the archipelago,” he said.
The integration of 10 ASEAN member-states will raise competition for jobs, goods and services. In two years’ time, a Filipino can work without permit in any of ASEAN members, as people of other ASEAN nations can work and go to school in the Philippines. There will be a free exchange of people, goods, and skilled labor across boundaries. Competition for jobs and education is going global.
We congratulate the Department of Education headed by Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro, Commission on Higher Education Chairperson Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan, Professional Regulation Commission Chairperson Atty. Teresita R. Manzala, Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines President Br. Narciso S. Erquiza Jr., and Fund for Assistance to Private Education Executive Director Carolina C. Porio, in their collective efforts in identifying programs and interventions that readies the Republic of the Philippines for regional competitiveness in the ASEAN Economic Community by 2015. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!
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