THE Philippine Association of Private Schools, Colleges and Universities (Papscu) President Lourdes Almeda-Sese took oath on August 3 as the new chairman of the Coordinating Council of the Private Educational Associations (Cocopea) for the Biennium 2019 to 2021.
Cocopea, one of the country’s largest umbrella organizations of private schools, is composed of Papscu, Association of Christian Schools, Colleges and Universities (Acscu), Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines, Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities, and Technical Vocational School Association of the Philippines.
It would be the second time Papscu held the chairmanship of Cocopea.
Almeda-Sese, who is also the president of Saint Michael’s College of Laguna, succeeded 2017 to 2019 Chairman and Acscu President Dr. Pio Baconga.
“We must seek collaboration across boundaries in order to address contemporary evolving issues. We owe it to ourselves and to our stakeholders and most of all, the public to enable and educate our people and bring our shared vision into fusion,” Almeda-Sese said during her speech at the event held at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel in Makati City.
Almeda-Sese said she would take lead in public policy development as she represents the five educational associations.
“We, in this noble endeavor, have no choice but to embrace, adapt and harness opportunities that will improve our service delivery,” she said.
Meanwhile, Higher Education Commissioner J. Prospero de Vera 3rd said Cocopea had been very instrumental in helping the sector in the drafting of the initial implementing rules and regulations of the Student Loan Program.
Cocopea sits in the Unified Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education Board, which is mandated to implement provisions of Republic Act 10931 or the “Free Higher Education Law.”
Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, the keynote speaker, said as chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture, he would lead the committee in defining the complementary roles of private and public educational institutions.
“An example of complementarity within public and private education can be seen in the goal to achieve 100 percent enrollment in basic education,” Gatchalian said.
Gatchalian said, based on 2018 data, 9 percent of elementary students, 17 percent of secondary students and almost half of all senior high school students were enrolled in private institution.