7th National COCOPEA Congress

16 February 2018

To:    Members of the CEAP Board of Trustees, the Superintendents,
and the Heads of our CEAP schools

From: FR. JOEL E. TABORA, S.J.
President, CEAP

Re:  7th National COCOPEA Congress (March 15 & 16, 2018)
Greetings of Peace! 

I would like to respectfully endorse the very active participation of our CEAP schools in the forthcoming 7TH COCOPEA CONGRESS at the SMX Aura, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, on March 15 to 16, 2018.

In our commitment to contribute meaningfully to the goal of providing quality education to all in our country, it is important that we enhance our personal and institutional relationships with colleagues and institutions in other educational associations. First, with those of other member associations of the COCOPEA, “the unifying voice of private education,” namely: the Association of Christian Schools, Colleges and Universities (ACSCU), the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU), the Philippine Association of Private Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAPSCU), and the Technical- Vocational Association of the Philippines (TEVSAPHIL); and secondly, through the COCOPEA working with the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC).

The current chair of the COCOPEA, Dr. Pio D. Baconga, also concurrently President of ACSCU and President of Pilgrim College in Cagayan de Oro, invites us all to active participation in the forthcoming 7th COCOPEA CONGRESS with the theme Operationalizing the Complementary Role of Private Education in the Socio-economic Development of the Philippines.

The Duterte administration has articulated its collective long-term vision and aspirations for all Filipinos in Ambisyon Natin 2040. Within the next generation, the administration undertakes to lead the country towards a state where poverty shall have been eradicated, where all citizens are living in shared prosperity, and have access to public transportation that is functional, where families can come together on Sundays, and where all citizens are educated, smart, and technically savvy. All universities and colleges are invited to contribute to this national goal. Your participation in the COCOPEA CONGRESS would allow us to better articulate how Catholic education, in particular, might contribute to the realization of this long-term national vision. 

As we operate our Catholic schools throughout the country, we ask you to help articulate how the

insights of the Gospel, the social doctrine of the Church, and of such as the Evangelii Gaudium, Laudato Si, and Amoris Laetitia provide learning outcomes that are essential to the progress of the nation.

The objectives of the congress are as follows:

  1. COCOPEA to put across to Policy Makers and Influencers that high quality education is good for all, whether it is public or
  2. Push complementarity in the pursuit of high quality education as integral to nation building and economic development; for government to embrace public and private education as partners.
  3. Define that academic freedom is absolutely necessary for quality higher education, discovery of knowledge and innovation; we cannot have a type of government regulation that kills academic freedom.
  4. Find ways to enable government to more significantly support the Private Schools financially as its partners in high QUALITY education.

Recently, in exercise of these advocated principles, CEAP worked very closely with the COCOPEA and PASUC to transform a one-side legislated proposal for “free tuition in state universities and colleges” into the Universal Access for Quality Tertiary Education Act (RA 10931), signed into law by President Duterte on May 3, 2017. While the latter still provides free tuition in state universities and colleges, it now also provides a framework of increased state funding for qualified students in private HEIs through the Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) and the Student Loan Program for Higher Education (SLPHE).

For this law to really benefit our schools, the actual need of our schools for the TES and the SLPHE must be clearly manifested and advocated. Politicians and policy makers who will attend the Congress must understand that the demand for adequate funding for the TES and the SLPHE, must be met in the interest of the nation. Your participation in the COCOPEA Congress in credible numbers would help articulate this urgent need for our schools.

Among the issues that shall be urgently addressed in the COCOPEA CONGRESS is Constitutional Change to adopt a federal system of government. The dominant political party, the PDP-Laban is proposing “a semi-Presidential system” or “a hybrid parliamentary system” that would be unique to the Philippines. In this proposal the President is the Head of State who shall be elected at large “to serve as a symbol of national unity”, command the Armed Forces, and preside over the foreign affairs of the country. The Prime Minister, however, elected by members of the Federal Assembly, shall run the day- to-day affairs of government through a cabinet whose members are appointed from the members of the Federal Assembly. As we all know, President Duterte has advocated Federalism as a way of breaking the hold of central government in “Imperial Manila” on the development resources of the country. But his allies in Congress seem to be railroading their version of Federalism with inadequate explanations of their proposals and even less listening to people on the ground. The impression is that Constitutional Change is being railroaded through a Constituent Assembly that should approve a new Constitution within this calendar year. For CEAP and COCOPEA it is most urgent to note that the current PDP-Laban version of the Constitution completely deletes the constitutional exemption from taxes for non-stock non-profit schools. The forthcoming COCOPEA CONGRESS will help us to firm up our respective positions on Constitutional Change, understand how our schools may make meaningful contributions to the process of constitutional change, and importantly provide us an opportunity to jointly express our objections to the deletion of the congressional tax exemption for non-stock non- profit schools in the proposed Constitution.

Indeed, you may wish to come to the COCOPEA CONGRESS to express your thoughts on whether the Constitution should be changed at all. Former Constitutional Convention Delegate Christian Monsod believes that the 1987 Constitution, a “Social-Justice Constitution, (cf esp. Art. XIII)” has yet to be

properly implemented. He argues that the imbalances between the center and the regions can be remedied through corrective legislation. The remedy may be worse than the illness.

Finally, the forthcoming COCOPEA CONGRESS may allow us to take position on the deletion in the proposed PDP-Laban Constitution of Article XIV Sec. 4 (2):

“Educational institutions, other than those established by religious groups and mission boards, shall be owned solely by citizens of the Philippines or corporations or associations at less sixty per centum of the capital of which is owned by such citizens. The Congress may however require increased Filipino equity participation in all educational institutions.

“The control and administration of educational institutions shall be vested in citizens of the Philippines.

“No educational institution shall be established exclusively for aliens and no group of aliens shall comprise more than one-third of the enrollment in any school. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to schools established for foreign diplomatic personnel and their dependents and, unless otherwise provided by law, for other foreign temporary residents.”

Are we ready to welcome competition to our schools coming from foreign countries? Is it good for the country that foreigners can own and operate schools in the country where there is no restriction on the foreign participation in the studentry?

For all of these reasons, your participation in the forthcoming 7th COCOPEA CONGRESS is highly encouraged. The CEAP National Secretariat will help you with your registration. Because participation shall be limited, I encourage you to register now.

Thank you and God bless.

 

 


 

Greetings of peace from COCOPEA!

We are very pleased to inform our member-schools from the five (5) Associations comprising the COCOPEA (CEAP, PACU, ACSCU, PAPSCU and TVSA) of our forthcoming 7th COCOPEA Congress, which will be held at the SMX Convention Center-SM Aura, Bonifacio Global City on March 15-16, 2018. This is our biennial Congress for all private schools in the entire country. The congress theme: “Operationalizing the Complementary Role of Private Education in the Socioeconomic Development of the Philippines” is collectively expressing our strong advocacy as an integral partner in nation-building through education and human resource development. Various relevant topics and resource persons of authority and competence will grace this momentous event of COCOPEA.

In this regard, we are sincerely inviting all of you to take part and participate in this significant event. We will be passing relevant and significant resolutions promoting our advocacies and sentiments to assert our stake as a private education sector during the Business Plenary sessions. Your attendance will be a great factor in pursuing our complementary role in providing education in the country. This is our opportune time to manifest our solidarity and strength as a block or sector in society, ready to be counted in the pursuit of our vision for sustainable growth and total development of our beloved country.

Please block this date. We are looking forward to see you in our 7th COCOPEA Congress. Registration which we have rationalized will be P3,900 for NCR and Region 4-A participants and P2,900 for participants from the rest of the Regions with due consideration of their travel costs. A discount of PhP200 is offered to each who will register and pay on or before 28 February 2018. Please make your check payable to COORDINATING COUNCIL OF PRIVATE EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATIONS. You may deposit your Fee to the COCOPEA BPI Account No. 3992-0085-26. The Registration Form is attached. Kindly return it with your Deposit Slip by e-mail to MR. JEZREEL QUESADA at jezreelq005@gmail.com, jezreelq.cocopea@yahoo.com or Fax 02-911- 5888. A COCOPEA Official Receipt will be issued to you promptly.

For further information, kindly contact our Secretariat/Executive Director Dr. Patricio Dionio (02) 913-2932 / 0916-232-4699 or your respective Association Executive Directors.

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7TH COCOPEA CONGRESS
VENUE: SMX AURA BONIFACIO GOBAL CITY, TAGUIG CITY
DATE: 15 & 16 March 2018

THEME

Operationalizing the Complementary Role of Private Education in the Socioeconomic Development of the Philippines

OBJECTIVES:

  1. For COCOPEA to put across to policy makers and influencers that high quality education is a good for all, whether it is private or
  2. For COCOPEA to push for complementarity in the pursuit of high quality education as integral to nation building and economic development; for Government to embrace public and private education as
  3. To define that academic freedom is absolutely necessary for quality higher education, discovery of knowledge, and innovation; we cannot abide by unfair regulations that kill academic
  4. To find ways to enable government to be significantly supportive of the Private Schools as its partner in fostering quality

 

PROGRAM OF ACTIVITIES (TENTATIVE) 

DAY 1
8:00am – 1:00pm

Registration and Distribution of Kits

 
10:00am – 10:30am

Opening of Exhibits and Ribbon Cutting

 

 

Board of Trustees and Exhibitors

11:00am – 1:00pm

Press Conference

 

 

Lunch

 

Media Representatives Board of Trustees

1:00pm – 2:00pm

OPENING ACTIVITIES

 
National Anthem EMILIO AGUINALDO COLLEGE CHORALE

Manila

Invocation DR. BRUCE E. OLDHAM

President , Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary

Welcome Address and Recognition of Guests

and Stakeholders

PIO D. BACONGA. CPA, DFRIAcc

Chairperson, COCOPEA President, ACSCU

President, Pilgrim Christian College

Overview and Purposes of the Congress DHANNA KERINA B. RODAS, Ph.D.

President, PACU

President, University of Baguio

Introduction of the Keynote Speakers JOSE PAULO E. CAMPOS, Ph.D.

Vice Chairperson, COCOPEA President, PAPSCU

President, Emilio Aguinaldo College

 

2:00 – 2:45pm

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

The Philippine Development Plan and the Role of Higher Education

 

MR. LEONCIO B. EVASCO, JR.

Cabinet Secretary Office of the President

Republic of the Philippines

2:45pm – 3:00pm

PM SNACKS

 
3:00 – 4:00pm

Conversations on the Philippine Economic Outlook and its Impact on Philippine

Education Reforms

 

MR. ERNESTO M. PERNIA

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and NEDA Director General

  VICENTE K. FABELLA, PhD

Trustee, PACU & COCOPEA President, Jose Rizal University

  Q & A MODERATOR

BEN S. MALAYANG III, PhD

Trustee, ACSCU

President, Silliman University

4:00pm – 5:00pm Conversations on Complementarity, Academic Freedom; and How to deal with the Promise of RA 10931  

SENATOR RALPH RECTO

Republic of the Philippines

 

FR. JOEL E. TABORA, SJ

President, CEAP

President, Ateneo de Davao University

  Q&A MODERATOR

KAREN BELINA F. DE LEON, MD

Trustee, PACU & COCOPEA President, Ozamis University

 

DAY 2
8:00am – 8:10am

Invocation

 

ANACLETO S. CARAG, DMin., PhD

Director, FEBIAS College of Bible School Member, ACSCU

8:10am – 8:30am

Recap of Day 1

 

HORACIO M. MONTEFRIO, PhD

President, TVSA Trustee, COCOPEA

President, IETI College of Science and Technology

8:30am – 9:30am

Conversations on the Drafting of the New Philippine Constitution; and Regulatory Challenges of Private Education

 

FR. RANHILLO AQUINO

Dean, San Beda Graduate School of Law Member, Constitutional Review Panel

  ATTY. JOSEPH NOEL M. ESTRADA

COCOPEA Legal Counsel Estrada & Aquino Law, Co.

  Q&A MODERATOR

ESTER A. GARCIA, PhD

Trustee, PACU & COCOPEA President, University of the East

9:30am – 9:45am

AM SNACKS

 
9:45am – 10:45am

Conversations on the Voice of the Business

Community

 

ATTY. TEOFILO S. PILANDO, JR.

Chairperson, Professional Regulation Commission

  MR. GEORGE BARCELON

President, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry

  Q & A MODERATOR

ATTY. MARYCEL ENGRACIA

 

  Trustee, TVSA

President, Manpower Educative Innovations & Network, Inc.

10:45am – 11:45am

Conversations on Focusing on Skills in the K-12

Curriculum

 

MS. ROSANNA URDANETA

Deputy Director General, TESDA

  FR. ONOFRE INOCENCIO, JR., SDB

Trustee, COCOPEA VP External, TVSA

Superintendent, Don Bosco Schools

  Q & A MODERATOR

MS. MARIE JANE I. LIBAN

Trustee, TVSA & COCOPEA Executive Director, Monark Inc.

11:45am – 1:30pm

LUNCH

 

 

 

MR. DENNIS KWOK

Vice President, Asia Pacific Computing Technology Industry Association

Presentation on International IT Certification
1:30pm – 2:30pm

Updates from PEAC

 

MS. RHODORA ANGELA F. FERRER

Executive Director, PEAC

  Q & A MODERATOR

LOURDES A. SESE, PhD

Trustee, COCOPEA

President, St. Michael’s College of Laguna VP, PAPSCU

2:30pm – 3:00pm  
VISION J. PROSPERO DE VERA III, DPA
The Future of Private Schools in the CHEC Commissioner
Philippines OIC, CHED

 

3:00 – 3:30pm

MERIENDA

 
3:30 – 4:00pm

COCOPEA Business Meeting

DR. PIO D. BACONGA

Executive Director, COCOPEA

  ATTY. JOSEPH NOEL M. ESTRADA

COCOPEA Legal Counsel Estrada & Aquino Law, Co.

4:00pm – 4:10pm

Thanksgiving Prayer

 

MSGR. MANUEL S. BRAVO

Trustee, CEAP & COCOPEA

Superintendent, Diocese of Lingayen-Dagupan

 

Program as of February 2, 2018
*Some of the speakers are still for confirmation.

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