The Manila Times : Marcos backs CHEd's 10-point agenda

11 April 2022

By The Manila Times

PRESIDENTIAL candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. expressed support for the Commission on Higher Education's (CHEd) 10-point agenda that aims to improve the quality of education in the country.

He also lauded the efficiency, diligence and dedication of teachers and members of the academe.

The commission presented the 10-point agenda to Marcos in hopes for continuity of projects in case the former senator is elected president in May.

CHEd Commissioner Ronald Adamat explained the program for Higher Education - Build. Bind. Minds for Sustainable Development.

"It should be noted that the said 10-point agenda is focused on addressing the country's human resources needs, developing globally competent professionals and lifelong learning with a niche in both local and global markets," he said.

He said that learning infrastructure in the new normal should establish state-of-the-art facilities for higher education, sustain flexible learning post-pandemic, strengthen distance and transnational education, and recognize emerging new learning platforms.

For seamless career pathways and academic progression, the government should establish the Philippine Qualifications Authority and learning center, implement a credit transfer system in priority disciplines, enhance ladderized education programs, and expand recognition of prior learning.

The commission also aims for fire-driven skills and competencies that will develop graduates as job creators, knowledge generators, professionals, and entrepreneurs, develop and support fourth industrial revolution-responsive programs aligned to digital transformation and integrate skills and competencies of the fourth industrial revolution across disciplines. Scholarship grants for fire-related programs are also being pushed, as well as fortifying communication on English-language proficiency for work readiness.

The agenda also includes inclusivity and accessibility for indigenous people and culture and peace education, intensifying gender mainstreaming in the academic community, expanding resources for scholarships and grant under the Free Tuition Act, advancing overseas Filipino workers' (OFWs) qualifications for global recognition, and increasing employment opportunities, labor productivity, and mobility and admission policies incorporated in affirmative action programs for students from the marginalized sector.