April 11, 2021

In preparation for the upcoming 2022 National and Local Elections, the CEAP Board through the CEAP National Advocacy Commission (NAC) has put the articulation of an Education Reform Agenda as part of CEAP’s priority goals this year. 


The aim is to influence incumbent leaders in government, as well as the candidates for the 2022 Philippine Elections to seriously consider drastic improvements in the education sector. This conversation has become even more urgent as we received more and more evidence of the serious cracks and deficiencies in our education system. Recent international assessments have revealed that Filipino students are not immersed in the quality education that they deserve. We must begin the conversation. 

After a series of conversations amongst various CEAP Commissions, as well as members of the Board of Trustees, the NAC has come up with an initial articulation, in broad strokes, of the CEAP Education Reform Agenda. Two key areas of focus were identified – complementarity and quality instruction. 

KEY AREA 1: Operationalize and Implement Complementarity of Public and Private Education 

Recent data on the performance of the Philippines in international assessments have shown to us that there is an urgent need to improve competencies amongst the students. 

Critical to this would be the improvement of the quality of instruction to ensure quality learning outcomes. The following agenda points are articulated under this key area: 

  •  Expansion of Teacher Formation and Training: programs that ensure reaching quality learning outcomes. 

  • Review of K-12 Curriculum: Comprehensive study of the current K-12 Curriculum to ensure most important learning competencies are highlighted.

  •  Strengthening of Critical Dimensions in the Curriculum: Example would be the improvement of the entrepreneurship track, and technical vocation. 

  • Promoting Integral Values Formation for Students: character development and citizenship formation should be an integral part of the holistic development of students 

  • Mechanisms for Support of Small Schools by Bigger Schools: harnessing the strengths of established and bigger schools to strengthen schools in need. 

  • Work for a Better Philippine Education System: Call for support for the convening of the Education Commission, and the articulation of an Education.

Agenda for the 2022 Elections. 

The CEAP Board of Trustees, together with members of the CEAP National Office have had discussions with the Philippine Business for Education (PBEd), as well as some key legislators regarding this agenda. The proposed CEAP Educational Reform Agenda is still in its primary 

stage. This will undergo a process of greater refinement through further consultations, discussions, and research. 

As our collaborators in the mission of education, we invite you to participate in the shaping of 

our CEAP Education Reform Agenda by giving us: 

  • a) Your feedback on how to improve the current agenda as it is articulated; and 

  • b) Informing us of your suggestions of other agenda points you believe needs to be discussed and included as well. 

You can send us your suggestions by filling up this survey form:


The COVID pandemic has surely been a great challenge to many of us. It has aggravated already existing problems and have further widened the inequalities between the poorer segments of our society, against those with resources to wade through the pandemic. Indeed, we are in a constant state of firefighting, but this should not prevent us from engaging in fruitful discussions about how we can collectively address both short-term issues in education, as well as long-term and more structural concerns. Let our conversation be about finding real solutions to our deep problems. Join us as we continue to shape our collective aspiration for the education sector, and as we persevere in the mission and vocation of Catholic Education that we have been called to.