August 25, 2021 – The Department of Education (DepEd), in collaboration with the Philippine Forum for Quality Basic Education (Educ Forum), will kick off a virtual forum series on Thursday, August 26, to discuss ongoing reform initiatives for basic education in the country.

“Through this series, we aim to raise greater awareness on education issues among the public and consult our partners on the existing reform programs in order to address the biggest concern and challenge in basic education today, which is quality,” Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said.

Titled “Addressing the Challenge of Education Quality: An Educ Forum Series,” the series will deal with issues and topics surrounding the four components of Sulong Edukalidad: the K to 12 curriculum review and update, improving the learning environment, teachers’ upskilling, and reskilling, and engagement of stakeholders for support and collaboration.

The first installment of the series on August 26 will focus on the K to 12 Curriculum Review Results with Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio and Dr. Marie Therese A.P. Bustos as the presenters and Dr. Christopher Bernido, President of the Central Visayan Institute Foundation (CVIF), and Dr. Bert Tuga, President of the Philippine Normal University, as the reactors. DepEd Regional Director Ramir Uytico will moderate the open forum.

Upcoming episodes will include: Learning and Insights on the Results of PISA; Revisiting the Language of Instruction; NEAP Transformation; Best Practices in Blended Learning; Technology in Education; Strengthening Lifelong Learning (Inclusive Education and ALS); Financial Management Reforms; Revisiting Trifocalization; and Education Futures. The forum presenters and reactors will come from DepEd, Educ Forum members, and invited education experts and resource persons.

Through the DepEd Order No. 10, s. 2021, the Department institutionalized the convening of the Educ Forum. Composed of DepEd and other government, education sector organizations from civil society and the private sector, and bilateral agencies and multilateral organizations, the Educ Forum serves as a platform for consultation and collaborative research and analysis, and high-level advice to strategic basic education policy, planning, and programming.

The Educ Forum Series seeks to inform stakeholders, deliberate on the reform programs, and address complicated and unresolved issues on education quality.

The Series will be held through an online conferencing platform and will be live-streamed on DepEd Facebook page and Youtube channel to widen participation and reach.