For the country to be competitive for the Asean economic integration in 2015, the government should increase investments in education and innovation, Guillermo Luz, co-chairman of the National Competitiveness Council (NCC), said.
Luz, in his speech during the 5th national congress of the Coordinating Council for Private Educational Institutions, said the government should make a significant effort to increase the budget for education as the country prepares for the Asean integration.
“We need to meet international standard, to meet international competition. We need to increase in investment in education sector both public and private,” he said.
The challenge, he noted, is how to get more private investments into the educational sector.
“We need to increase the capacitor research and development and post in more industry-academe linkages,” Luz said.
He noted that government should keep a balance between traditional education and vocational technical education.
“I think the K-to-12 [Kindergarten to Grade 12] program presents us some opportunity to do that but we really have to figure out a creative way in meeting that challenge and creating this balance,” he added.
Earlier, Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Teresita Barsana urged the country’s education leaders and stakeholders to strengthen and improve educational opportunities for Filipino children to be able to compete with their counterparts in the region.
“We hope that the education sector will use the mechanisms and programs in place to further propel our country and our people to be among the best in Asean. We hope that the education sector will participate actively in regional cooperative programs to develop a qualified, competent and well-prepared citizenry that would benefit from, as well as, cope with the challenges of Asean regional integration,” Barsana, the country’s director-general for the Asean Affairs, said.
“We need the education sector to help us promote Asean awareness and a sense of community; to create a sense of belonging among our youth and a deeper appreciation and understanding of the diversity of Asean,” she added.