BEST Program’s work across various offices in the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) formed part of the accomplishments of the said agencies during the 2017 Education Summit last December 5.-6. Through their inclusion in the Summit publication and as presented by their respective heads before the 1,500 Summit participants, the trifocal agencies summarized how they responded to the ten (10) commitments they made at the 2016 Education Summit. A number of BEST activities in 2017 as listed below were instrumental in addressing at least three (3) commitments:

The BEST Program team at the 2017 Education Summit

COMMITMENT 2 – Promote professional development and certification of faculty, teachers, trainers, learning facilitators, assessors, as well as non-teaching personnel

BEST-supported accomplishments as reported at the Summit:

  • The National Educators Academy Of The Philippines (NEAP) established and implemented the Learning and Development (L&D) System that enables DepEd personnel to effectively and efficiently perform their roles and functions. NEAP continuously offers development and leadership programs for DepEd personnel, leaders, and managers.  The Teacher Education Council (TEC) is rolling out the new PPST and has established a new Teacher Induction Program. The rollout of the PPST engages the three trifocal agencies in aligning pre-service and in-service teacher professional development; a process that also engages the Commission on Higher Education of the Philippines (CHED), Teacher Education Institutes (TEIs) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) assessors for Senior High School (SHS) technical streams.

COMMITMENT 9 – Enhance the capacities of agencies to ensure that education policies are data-driven, evidence-based, and where data and information are proactively shared with all stakeholders

BEST-supported accomplishments as reported at the Summit:

  • The Learner Information System (LIS) and Enhanced Basic Education Information System (EBEIS) are recognized by DepEd, and other key planning and service delivery agencies, as single sources of truth on learner and school data, respectively. Data from the systems feed into the annual budget and planning activities of the department. It is also used for M&E of program implementation. LIS data on grade 10 completers and senior high school track preferences gathered and reported in SY 2015 were used to project classroom, teacher, and other facilities requirements for senior high school implementation in SY 2016.
  • EBEIS data on inventory of physical facilities in schools were used in determining school building and classroom requirements for SY 2017.
  • Data in LIS are being used to determine the amount of allowances to be downloaded to mobile teachers and ALS facilitators. Data in LIS are being used by the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Service (DRRMS) in determining and tracking learners affected by disasters. Data in the EBEIS are being used by DRRMS in determining schools at risk of, and those actually affected by, disasters; and to design rapid responses as well as program long term recovery.

COMMITMENT 10 – Promote government and private sector partnerships in order to achieve quality and sustainable learning at scale, at all levels and settings, through technology.  In this connection, we look to the ICT agencies of government to set the ICT framework and governance in consultation with all stakeholders

BEST-supported accomplishments as reported at the Summit:

  • DepEd-Microsoft-BEST Partnership in the Development of ICT Learning Action Cell (LAC) Activity Cards intended to develop teachers’ ICT skills in teaching Coding and Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in secondary schools, basic office productivity, and use of accessibility tools for inclusive education.  Nationwide implementation of the DepEd ICT Literacy Program, including orientation on and distribution of the ICT LAC toolkit, sharing of ICT LAC Best Practices from the field, and promotion of Digital Citizenship.