The Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (Cocopea) congratulated the newly-elected lawmakers and urged them to prioritize legislations that will boost scholarship funding and strengthen the quality of education in the Philippines.
Dr. Jose Paulo Campos, Cocopea chairman, hoped that the new members of Congress will focus on raising the quality of education and provide more scholarships and affordable loans to students.
He added that government scholarships should not be limited to state colleges and universities. Lawyer Joseph Estrada, Cocopea’s executive director, encouraged the government to work with private colleges and universities which are committed to producing globally competitive students.
Estrada said Cocopea supports the K-to-12 program despite the fact that private institutions stand to lose P150 billion in foregone tuition fees which would be incurred during the implementation of the law.
“Cocopea welcomes any opportunity to work with newly elected legislators and other leaders who share our advocacy of educating the youth and preparing them for tomorrow’s challenges,” he added.
Cocopea has a roster of more than 2,000 institutions among its five national member-organizations: Association of Christian Schools, Colleges, and Universities (Acscu); Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP); Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU); Philippine Association of Private Schools, Colleges, and Universities (Papscu); and Technical-Vocational School Associations of the Philippines (Tevsaphil).