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PIA Press Release
2007/09/16

Commentary: Quality education produces world-class human resources

Tacloban City (September 16) -- In order to ensure the provision of quality education to develop world class human resource, President Gloria Arroyo in August signed Executive Order No. 652.

Through EO 652, the President directed the creation of a task force that would assess, plan and set the policy direction in reforming the country's educational system and thereby accelerate the Philippines' ranking in global competitiveness.

Last week, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo swore in the members of the Presidential Coordinating Task Force on Education (PCTFE), all pillars in the education sector, who would set the policy direction in reforming the country's educational system.

Inducted by the President at the Rizal Hall of Malacaņang were Task Force chairman Dr. Bienvenido Nebres, a veteran educator and concurrent president of the Ateneo de Manila University, and his co-chairman, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) chairman Romulo Neri.

The task force members who took their oath were Presidential Assistant for Education Dr. Mona Valisno, Education Secretary Jesli Lapus, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director-General Augusto Syjuco, Dr. Jose Abueva of the Kalayaan College, Dr. Emmanuel Angeles of the Angeles University Foundation, Dr. Victor Limlingan representing the economic sector, and Ambassador Donald Dee as representative of the industry sector.

Even before the induction into office, the task force members already held a preparatory meeting on how they would support the President's vision to develop globally competitive human resource that can deliver quality output and services through the provision of quality education for all.

Among others, the Task force members agreed to improve teacher education through re-trainings, lessen the number of drop-outs, and ensure that the Filipino family's investments in the country's educational system get the best possible returns, such as jobs, not just jobs but well-paying jobs. (PIA 8) [top]

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