BEST’s second highest governing body—the Program Management Committee (PMC)—met and endorsed the approval of more than 20 priority program activities at the conclusion of its 9th Meeting yesterday, 19 July 2018. The activities will define the focus of BEST Program implementation under the Program’s 5th Annual Plan until March 2019.

Australian Embassy Counsellor Ms. Kerrie Anderson (on mic) speaks at the BEST Program Management Committee (PMC) meeting which she co-chairs with DepEd Undersecretary Atty. Nepomuceno Malaluan (left) on 19 July 2018.

The Annual Plan is expected to be approved later this month by the Program’s highest governing body—the Program Steering Committee (PSC)—which is co-chaired by the DepEd Secretary and the Australian Embassy Deputy Head of Mission.

The PMC is co-chaired by BEST Executive Sponsor at DepEd, Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan, and Australian Embassy Counsellor (Development) Ms. Kerrie Anderson. PMC members include the Regional Directors of BEST-assisted regions; Australian Embassy Portfolio Manager; BEST Team Leader; representatives from Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Research Center for Teacher Quaity (RCTQ), Assessment, Curriculum and Technology Research Centre (ACTRC), Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), and Philippine Business for Education (PBEd).

Most of the activities will support teacher development (Pillar 1), while the rest will support curriculum assessment development (Pillar 2), and help reform DepEd’s governance and organizational development (Pillar 3).

“The 5th Annual Plan is a compressed one but offers an important opportunity to consolidate the gains of the Program and ensure that they’re fully embedded into the DepEd systems,” Ms. Anderson said during her opening statement at the PMC meeting.

BEST Program Management Committee (PMC) members include the Regional Directors of BEST-assisted regions; Australian Embassy Portfolio Manager; BEST Team Leader; representatives from Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Research Center for Teacher Quaity (RCTQ), Assessment, Curriculum and Technology Research Centre (ACTRC), Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), and Philippine Business for Education (PBEd).

BEST went through various planning stages before arriving at the version for PMC endorsement. It started with the review of the Independent Progress Review (IPR) of the Program, DepEd 10-point agenda and Annual Plan 4 reports (February 2018), development of the AP5 Strategic Framework (March 2018), AP5 project development (May to June 2018), and technical review by the Technical Working Group (TWG) in July 2018.

“The BEST team has worked very closely with DepEd colleagues in the central and regional levels over the last few months to develop an integrated program of activities focused on improving classroom teaching practice and assistance that supports it.  This builds on the important policy and planning enhancements that BEST helps to support over several years,” Ms. Anderson added.