After a series of meetings with Hon. Br. Armin A. Luistro, FSC, Secretary of the Department of Education, COCOPEA initiated regional consultations among its member-schools and partners on the K + 12 program being proposed by DepEd tapping its recently-constituted Regional COCOPEA Boards of Commissioners.
Last 26 October 2010, Region 4 had its regional consultation with resource persons led by Dr. Chito B. Salazar (President, Phinma Education Network), Dr. Vincent K. Fabella (President, Jose Rizal University) and Dr. Horacio M. Montefrio (President, International Electronics and Technical Institute School System) discussing the K + 12 Model and its Tri-Level Implications. More than a hundred school heads and administrators attended the consultation held at the University of Batangas, Batangas City.
Forthcoming regional consultations are scheduled as follows: COCOPEA NCR Consultation on 23-24 November 2010 at the Pearl Hotel, Manila, COCOPEA Luzon A (Regions 1-3, CAR) Consultation on 27 November 2010 at the University of Baguio, Baguio City, COCOPEA Visayas Consultation on 30 November 2010 at the University of San Carlos, Cebu City, COCOPEA Mindanao Consultations on 21 January 2011 at the Ateneo de Zamboanga, Zamboanga City and on 27 January 2011 at the Misamis University, Ozamiz City.
The regional consultations are being organized by the COCOPEA Task Force on Basic Education (TFBEd). Fr. Jun Baria, Chairperson of the Basic Education Commission of CEAP, Sister Irene Torres, RA, Directress of Assumption Antipolo and Rhodora Angela F. Ferrer, CEAP Executive Director represent CEAP in the TFBEd. The TFBEd is planning a COCOPEA National Basic Education Summit in February 2011.
COCOPEA also committed to join the Technical Working Groups being organized by DepEd as part of its implementation plan for K + 12. It can be recalled that COCOPEA was a member of Education Nation organized prior to the May 2010 Elections which called for an Education President. The Ten Point Agenda of President Benigno C. Aquino which included a 12 year Basic Education Cycle was first presented during the 3rd COCOPEA National Congress in February 2010. In the said Congress, several COCOPEA leaders have expressed their “thumbs up” approval of the education reform agenda of P-Noy.
COCOPEA is composed of five educational associations namely: Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP), Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU), Philippine Association of Private Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAPSCU), Association of Christian Schools, Colleges and Universities (ACSCU) and Technical-Vocational Association of the Philippines (TEVSAPHIL). It is presently chaired by Dr. Ben Malayang, President of Silliman University, a member-institution of ACSCU.