PGMA inducts officers, members of Presidential Coordinating Task Force on Education
Manila (13 September) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo swore in today the members of the Presidential Coordinating Task Force on Education (PCTFE) who would assess, plan and set the policy direction in reforming the country's educational system.
Last August, the President signed Executive Order No. 652 creating the task force to ensure the provision of quality education for Filipinos to develop world-class human resource and thereby accelerate the Philippines' ranking in global competitiveness.
Among those inducted by the President this afternoon 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.
Last Sept. 3, the task force members 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.
During that meeting, the 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.
After the oath taking, the President gave the Presidential Citation to the Marist Brothers of the Schools, a congregation of religious lay Brothers who, since 1948, significantly contributed to the education of the youth and community development in far-flung areas of the country.
The President led the awarding of citations to the top 20 Grade 6 public school students who topped the National Achievement Test (NAT) given by the Department of Education (DepEd) to over 1.6 million elementary students last March. (PIA) [top]