Malacañang on Sunday said it will consider the proposal to move the school opening from June to September.
Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that the proposal was in line with the preparations for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) integration in 2015.
“Bukas ang pamahalaan sa pag-aaral ng panukalang ilipat ang panahon ng pagbubukas ng klase para sa mga kolehiyo at unibersidad, mula Hunyo patungong Setyembre, bilang paghahanda sa pag-iisa ng ating mga kasaping bansa sa Asean sa ilalim ng konsepto ng Asean integration simula sa taong 2015 [The government is open to studying proposals to move the start of classes in college from June to September, as part of our preparations for the Asean integration set in 2015],” Coloma said.
He said that the bid was also in line with the advocacy of Asean mobility geared towards facilitating easier travel for people within the region.
Coloma, however, said that it is up to Congress to decide whether to amend the law on the country’s school calendar.
“Ipinauubaya ng pamahalaan sa Kongreso, bilang kapantay at independiyenteng sangay, ang pangunguna sa pagkilos sa paglipat sa schedule ng pagbubukas ng klase dahil ito ay napapaloob sa batas [Government is leaving it to Congress as a co-equal and independent branch to initiate the move to change the schedule of the opening of classes because the current schedule is provided by law],” Coloma said.
He added that it is important to study the proposal in order to come up with a fruitful decision on the matter.
“Sa kasalukuyan patuloy na tatalima ang pamahalaan sa pangunguna ng Kagawaran ng Edukasyon sa isinasaad ng batas tungkol sa itinatakdang panahon ng pagbubukas ng klase [At present, the government, through the Department of Education, will continue to abide by the schedule provided by the law],” Coloma added.
The Philippines is the only country in the Asean that follows a June to March academic calendar.