Private schools seek to enhance Filipinos’ competitiveness


The Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (Cocopea) will focus on enhancing the competitiveness of Filipinos in its next biennial congress.
It said that members and stakeholders can now register to attend that event.

Cocopea is the unifying voice of private education in the Philippines with 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 Schools Association of the Philippines (TVSA).

The congress will be held from February 20 and 21, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ortigas, and the theme will be “Leading Philippine Education for Global Excellence.”

“Amid the imperatives of Asean 2015, Philippine private education needs to assess its role and impact on nation-building and establish its prime role in contributing to all the social and economic sectors of our country,” said Dr. Patricia Lagunda, Cocopea chairman. Lagunda was referring to the regional plan to create an economic community in two years. Asean or Association of Southeast Asian Nations is a regional bloc of 10 countries that includes Philippines.

Cocopea said that the objectives of its 5th biennial congress include:

1. Reinforcing the role and impact of private education in national development;

2. Leading and developing an “education competitiveness strategy” alligned to the global standards and leveraged on the country’s assets and distinctiveness;

3. Communicating a unified policy direction for private education as it joins the Asean Economic Community in 2015;

4. Identifying key areas of education excellence that the sector can anchor on in order to bring Philippine education to the forefront this century and beyond; and

5. Collaborating with government in bringing about necessary reforms, recommending new legislative measures, and establishing policy directions for the education sector.

“Private education institutions are the country’s partner in delivering quality education to Filipinos,” Lagunda said. “The theme is not only consistent with Cocopea’s advocacy to raise the quality of education, it also reflects our collective desire to enhance the competitiveness of Filipinos.”

For more information about the 5th biennial congress, contact the Cococpea Secretariat at 994-1838, or via e-mail at, or through its social network sites on Facebook and Twitter.


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