Participants and Resource Persons of the 2nd PASUC-COCOPEA Conversations.
On January 12-13, 2017 more than 60 presidents of private and state colleges and universities gathered at the Ateneo de Davao University Finster Hall for the second round of conversations between the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) and the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (COCOPEA) to discuss the complementarity between Public and Private Higher Education Institutions. The PASUC delegation was led by its President Dr. Ricardo E. Rotoras, (President of Mindanao University of Science and Technology). The COCOPEA delegation was headed by its Chair, Fr. Joel E. Tabora, SJ, the President of Ateneo de Davao University and CEAP, who also hosted the event,with the generous sponsorship of the Private Education Assistance Committee(PEAC).
COCOPEA Executive Director, Mr. Jose Allan I. Arellano gives a review of the highlights and agreements during the 1st round of PASUC-COCOPEA Conversations.
Among the topics discussed in this historic event were:
Providing Quality Education to theMarginalized Sector, Sustainability of Private and Public Higher EducationalInstitutions, Leveling the Playing Field through Differentiated Market, Leveling the Playing Field through Quality Assurance, and leveling thePlaying Field through Governance of the Educational System: “Reasonable Regulations” vs. Academic Freedom
The other discussion leaders who gave introductory remarks on the topic were:
MS. DHANNA BAUTISTA - RODAS, President, Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU), DR. EMMANUEL C. DE GUZMAN, Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), DR. VICENTE K. FABELLA President, Jose Rizal University (JRU), DR. ESTER B. OGENA, President, Philippine Normal University (PNU), DR. MARITA R. CANAPI President,University of Rizal System, DR. CYNTHIA B. BAUTISTA, Former Commissioner of the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd), DR. LUIS M. SOROLLA, JR. President, West Visayas State University.
Dr. Ric Rotoras, President of PASUC asks for the vote of the PASUC presidents on the resolutions presented.
Acting jointly, the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) and the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (COCOPEA) resolved as follows:
Resolution 1: That the Philippine System of Education provide access to quality higher education to all qualified Filipino students.
Resolution 2: That government scholarships be provided in quality higher education institutions, both public and private.
Resolution 3: That qualified Filipino students able to pay for their higher education pay for it; that qualified Filipino students unable to pay for their higher education be fully supported in their higher education by government through scholarships and allowances as needed,especially in programs or courses consistent with the National Development Plan and contributory to the realization of Ambisyon Natin 2040.
Resolution 4: That the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) and the Coordinating Council of Private Colleges and Universities (COCOPEA), representing segments of public and private education respectively, shall work together in complementarity to improve the quality higher education in both public and private HEIs.
Resolution 5: That a committee jointly constituted by PASUC and COCOPEA draft legislation to create innovation centers in each region; the centers shall bring together resources of public and private HEIs, industry and agriculture in the regions to foster and promote innovation in industry and agriculture and appropriate regional niching, strengthening human resource development for this purpose and providing incentives for private support.
Fr. Joel E. Tabora, President of CEAP and Ateneo de Davao and Chair of the COCOPEA raises a motion on behalf of COCOPEA committing to a culture of quality.
Resolution 6: That PASUC and COCOPEA shall jointly propose to the Department of Education that the SUCs be relieved of their role in the provision of Senior High School under the K-12 Program considering the readiness of the Department of Education to fulfill this responsibility in collaboration with the private sector.
Resolution 7: That PASUC and COCOPEA jointly commit itself to the culture of quality assurance guided by the ASEAN Quality Assurance Network and its ASEAN Quality Reference Framework and request the Philippine government for necessary funds to support this commitment.
Resolution 8: That PASUC and COCOPEA jointly commits itself in academic freedom and responsibility to its shared mission of providing quality higher education to the Filipino people and to find the appropriate structures to support and govern itself under the reasonable regulation of government as higher education in the Philippines.
Resolution 9: That PASUC and COCOPEA shall jointly invite leaders of Local Colleges and Universities (LCUs) to collaborate with it in this shared mission.
Resolution 10: That the President of PASUC and the chair of COCOPEA shall seek an audience with Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for the specific purpose of presenting and explaining these resolutions approved jointly by PASUC and COCOPEA during the “2nd Round of PASUC-COCOPEA Conversations on Complementarity between Public and Private HEIs” held at Finster Auditorium, Finster Hall of the Ateneo de Davao University on 12-13 January 2017.
Resolution 11: That the Resolutions of the 2nd Round of PASUC-COCOPEA Conversations on Complementarity between Public and Private HEIs held at Finster Auditorium, Finster Hall of the Ateneo de Davao University on 12-13 January 2017 shall finalized by the collaborating staffs of the PASUC, COCOPEA, and the Office of the President of the Ateneo de Davao University.