Hottest Issues of the Philippines 2010

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MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), the largest business group in the country, expressed support on government’s move to rally the business community in crafting the mandate for the K-12 Program of the Aquino administration. K-12, which means 12 years of basic education from preschool to elementary from the current 10 years, is part of President Benigno S. Aquino III’s proposed educational reforms to produce better quality graduates. PCCI President Dr. Francis Chua said that for the Philippines to compete globally, 12 years of basic education is an absolute necessity. According to Chua, PCCI’s policy discourse on the K-12 program forms part of the broader set of Resolutions that will be presented during the 36th Philippine Business Conference and Expo (PBC&E) where the President is expected to receive and give his reaction to these Resolutions. The PBC&E is the biggest annual gathering of businessmen in the Philippines to dialogue with government and other stakeholders on key policy issues that affect the country’s state of business and economy. This year’s PBC&E would be held on October 13 to 15 at the historic landmark Manila Hotel and is expected to draw around 2,000 participants from PCCI’s network of local chambers, industry associations and foreign business councils. Chua noted that the Philippines together with Myanmar are the only two remaining countries with a basic education system of less than 11 years. PCCI Honorary Chairman and current president Edgardo G. Lacson also cited the importance of a strategy-oriented and competency-based basic education curriculum as a key to making the country’s graduates globally acceptable and competitive. “The Department of Education’s proposed K-6-4-2 model is a positive step to uplifting the standard of education. I believe that the “specialization” training that would be incorporated in the last two years of high school would greatly increase the...
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