Heads of the trifocal education agencies—DepEd Sec. Leonor Magtolis-Briones, TESDA Director General Guiling Mamondiong and CHED Chair Patricia Licuanan—report about their departments’ accomplishments since the 2016 Education Summit at the opening of the 2017 Education Summit in Manila on 5 December 2017.


Gains from the 2016 National Education Summit and a shared commitment to sustain them took centerstage at the biggest DepEd-led gathering of education stakeholders—the 2017 National Education Summit—on 5-6 December 2017 at Manila Hotel.

BEST Program was DepEd’s major partner in undertaking preliminary activities and in managing the overall program including the event branding, as well as the proceedings of the Summit.

The two-day event drew a total of 1,800 participants from the three education agencies (DepEd, CHED and TESDA) and other allied government agencies, development partners, and stakeholders including the learners. At the end of the event, representatives agreed on the set of commitments anchored on three thematic areas: ensuring quality education; education and economic development; and inclusive education.

BEST organized the Initial Stakeholders’ Meeting, two regional consultations, and the Education Donors Group (EDG) meeting prior to the Summit while contributing to various other pre-summit meetings.

The Program team assisted DepEd in branding the Summit, and in writing, editing and designing a 48-page Summit magazine that featured pre-Summit events, commitments made by the trifocal education agencies during the 2016 Summit, and the gains and accomplishments since then.

BEST Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) Adviser Dr. Tanya Caulfield at the Day 1 plenary session of the 2017 National Education Summit in Manila.

At the Summit plenary, Dr Tanya Caulfield, BEST Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) Adviser, spoke about how challenges in inclusive education can be best addressed by whole school, rights-based, and child-centered approaches as supported by country-specific policies. She talked about international perspectives and experience on gender equality and social inclusion.

BEST’s successive support to the two summits sat within the Program governance strand which aims to support policy advocacy and dialogue to deepen trifocal agencies’ gender equity, disability and social inclusion responsiveness across governance levels, and to ensure that government plans address participation and completion in education and promote lifelong learning outcomes so that “all Filipinos are able to realize their full potential and contribute meaningfully to building a cohesive nation”.

Through the Summit, the trifocal agencies aimed to contribute to the realization of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal No. 4 – ensuring inclusive and quality education for all, and promoting lifelong learning.

BEST has also committed to produce the post-Summit publication capturing the highlights of the two-day event and the commitments of the trifocal agencies.