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  • 1. SUMMIT’S PEAK. Being the higlight of the opening program of the two day Regional Higher Education Summit, CHED Chairperson, Patricia B. Licuanan’s keynote speech states strategies to improve the quality of education among HEIs in the Bicol Region. The summit runs from November 14 -15 2013 at the Oriental Hotel, Legazpi City. Photo by Earl Epson Recamunda | Text by Camille Lyela Regala HEIs in Bicol gather for the 1st Summit T he Commission on Higher Education (CHED) V and the Bikol Foundation for Higher Education (BFHE) conducted the first Regional Higher Education Summit, gathering both public and private colleges and universities for the first time in the region. It was attended by over 500 participants from the colleges and universities in the six provinces of the region and government agencies like Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Interior and Local Gov- ernment (DILG), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and officials from Local Government Units (LGUs). The keynote speaker, CHED Chairperson Patricia B. Licuanan said that this event is a start of a good partnership among the HEIs for a better educational system in the region. “I think it is so that Bicol educational institutions can work together, so that they are more effective in doing their jobs. As what Lauraya urges SUCs to meet yearly hilppine Association announcement of SUCs of State Universities yearly summit was part of and Colleges V her keynote speech during (PASUC V) President Fay the said event. “Presidents Lea Patria M. Lauraya will agree with me if we urges State Universities do this more often. In and Colleges (SUCs) in coming together we have strength, and in talking and Bicol to meet yearly. President Lauraya communicating closely with announced the plan for a each other, we will have yearly convention during clearer vision of where the pre-summit for the SUCs in Bicol will go in the Regional Higher Education future. “ Matters concerning Summit 2013 of SUCs last November 13, 2013 at Bicol HEIs were the highlight of University Amphitheater. Lauraya’s remarks. Part of L a u r a y a ’ s her keynote speech was Lauraya urges...|Turn to back P Dr. Lauraya said, we are not doing this as individual institutions; we are doing this as Bicol Region,” Dr. Licuanan stated. Commissioner Licuanan discussed in her speech the Basic Perspectives on the Philippine Higher Education, Philippine Higher Education Landscape, and Higher Education and Philippine Development including its two outcomes, the (1) Filipinos with competencies and high level skills for National Development and Global Competitiveness; and (2) Ethical and Innovative Governance. Along the first outcome, she stressed three strategies: Expand access to quality education and training; Develop competency required for inclusive growth particularly in Key Employment Generating Sectors (KEG); and Develop globally competitive Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and programs. The second outcome had only one strategy: to implement good governance. CHED Regional Director and summit chairman, Dr. Freddie T. Bernal said that they involved basic education, vocational technology, HEIs in Bicol...|Turn to back T Topics aid HEIs to meet RDP hree topics affecting Higher Educational Institutions’ (HEIs) role in national development were discussed in the Regional Higher Education Summit 2013. The discussions delved into HEIs’ past performances, status and prospects for the years to come in order to meet Bicol’s Regional Development Plan (RDP) for the year 2011-2016. Bicol’s Plan Regional Development Regional Development Plan pursues four development goals namely: provide basic needs, ensure economic growth, improve infrastructure and sustain development that will serve as guiding documents to the Philippine Development Plan (PDP). National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Regional Director Atty. Romeo C. Escandor emphasized on the vital role played by the local government units in the plans’ achievements. Escandor’s talk focused education’s improvement through strategical plans on basic education reforms; market-oriented technical and vocational programs to attain a world class higher education. Meanwhile, Escandor encourages all local government units, national agencies, regional institutions, private sectors and civil society to harmonize their plans and activities with the regional development plan. Topics aid HEIs ...|Turn to back
  • 2. HEIs in Bicol... HEIs and all other sectors in this first- time Photo: Earl Epson Recamunda event. “There are cross- cutting issues that can be resolved through dialogues like this of course in consonance with the Regional Development Plan that envisions in making Bicol Region the most liveable region in 2020,” Dr. Bernal explained. He noted that the final output will be endorsed to the Regional Development Council (RDC) who will also recommend them to the concerned line agencies. “These outputs can also be used for the re- aligning, redirection or re- strategizing towards higher education reforms [which is] what we are expecting for higher educa- can help improve the competency of the colleges and universities. tion for the best interest of the students.” “This will strengthen the capabilities When asked how the event could secure the future of HEIs especially that the of Higher Education Institution (HEI) to retransition period of the K12 program is ap- spond to the challenges now and the future.” Siera Lou Mata proaching, the director answered that this the impact of the reformed basic educational system in the Philippines. She commended the K-12 preparation of HEIs. “There are limitations on our participation in assisting in the reform, it is a reform in basic education sector. We must therefore prepare differently as Higher Education Institutions.” Aside from the impact of K12 to SUCs in the region, Lauraya talked about the preparation of public higher educational institutions in sending competent professionals in 2015 to ASEAN regions. She emphasized the importance of graduates having good credentials and the importance of SUCs in providing good education to their students. “For example, multinational Lauraya urges... He also urges all stakeholders to be responsive to the region’s needs in order to facilitate the realization of the RDP’s goals making Bicol a livable region in the Philippines. Topics aid HEIs.. companies do not owe any allegiance to a nation. So multinationals located in the country are not obliged to hire Filipinos. Credentials therefore will be the primary basis regardless of nationally and race” said Lauraya. Aligning the academic programs of SUCs in Bicol to Philippine Qualifications Framework (PQF) as well as aligning PQF to qualifications framework of ASEAN will enhance the quality of education in the region as what Lauraya said. Larger SUCs’ funding, more centers of excellence, application to higher forms of accreditation are some of the ways she enumerated so that public HEIs in the region can be at par internationally. Zanie Jovellana Photo: Earl Epson Recamunda Promoting Philippine Competitiveness Comparing Philippines’ performance not only with its fellow ASEAN countries but also with its own, Ms. Clarine P. Tobias, Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce President promotes competitiveness in the country’s educational system during the first day of the summit. In her presentation, Tobias stated that Philippines climbed 6 notches from its 65th position in 2012 this year, based on the Global Competitiveness Index (Philippines vs. ASEAN). Singapore ranks 1st among its ASEAN competitors and 2nd in the global rank. She also pointed out the main indicators of why the Philippines places low in rank among ASEAN countries. Quality of scientific research institutions, net primary education enrolment, quality of math and science education and the capacity for innovation proved to be low in the country according to the Global Competitiveness report 2012- 2013. EDPS: Its role in the Philippine Higher Education Roadmap Aiming to enhance SUCs’ capability to implement strategic reforms, Philippine Public Higher Education Reform (PHER) Roadmap IN THE KNOW Pursuant to Republic Act 7722 known as “Higher Education Act of 1994” and per Resolution no. 54 s. 2012 of the Regional Development Council (RDC), the Bikol Foundation for Higher Education and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Regional Office V head the 1st Regional Higher Education Summit 2013. The Summit aims to determine present and emerging issues and concerns affecting the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the region. It also targets to identify, align, adopt and implement plans, policies, programs and strategies that will strengthen HEI’s capabilities to assume a better responsive role in the Regional Development Plan (RDP). Furthermore, proposals, recommendations, resolutions and pledges of commitment addressed to authorities concerned to improve the higher education system are expected at the end of the event. The event is a convergence of representatives from HEIs and top-level officials of DepEd, TESDA, DILG and CHED and will serve as an avenue for plenary sessions and workshops. The participants are then grouped into four clusters namely: Basic Education Cluster, Tech-Voc Cluster, Local Colleges Cluster and Higher Education Cluster. Each group will present its outputs in the form of resolutions, technical papers and recommendations which will be endorsed to the Regional Development Council (RDC). Jessica Rae Nolasco emphasizes Performance Excellence, Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship and Global Competitiveness. Dr. Gloria J. Mercado, Vice President for Academic Affairs of the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), tackled ways to strengthen SUC management through Executive Development Program for SUCs (EDPS). EDPS is a Capability Building Program designed for Presidents, Vice Presidents and Middle Managers that will Improve Efficiency, Upgrade Quality and Enhance Access to quality Higher Education which are the prospected PHER outcomes. The inputs of Escandor, Tobias, and Mercado provided insights to aid the participants of the summit in coming up with resolutions, recommendations, and other proposals towards the improvement of Higher Education in the region. Jessica Rae Nolasco| Camille Lyela Regala | Rexiene Borilla | Abigail Tabuzo Jovellana | Jessica Bicol University Zanie F. Borilla | Joan MarciaRae Nolasco | Camille Lyela Regala | Siera Lou Mata Rexiene Navarra | Abigail Tabuzo | Leo Sirios Jr Newsletter Team Advisers: Dr. Agnes Nepomuceno | Ma. Celina G. Meneses | Dr. Ma. Julieta B. Borres