REP. Roman Romulo of Pasig City said legislators and education stakeholders should now act to reform and enhance the country’s educational system.
Romulo, chairman of the House committee on education, said a measure that aims to ensure world-class education is urgently needed so that the Philippines can be competitive with other countries.
The lawmaker said he filed the Quality Assurance Bill, which aims to ensure that all the college programs and courses offered by private and public higher education institutions (HEIs) adhere to quality standards.
“This [Quality Assurance Bill] is one of the bills we’re prioritizing on in Congress. We want to be competitive during the Asean 2015,” Romulo said.
“If passed into law, this bill will compel the country’s tertiary education institutions to ensure that the programs and courses they offered should meet the national quality framework,” he added.
Romulo said Filipinos had the advantage, in terms of personality, over other people around the world.
“We are being admired for our resilience and passion to our work. That’s the reason why prospective employers abroad are hiring us preferably over other foreign workforce. But this is not enough. We must also enforce the quality assurance of academic standards to complement the good naturedness of Filipinos. No one will defeat us if all of these have been put together,” he added.