December 4, 2022

Councilor Vladimir Cayabas has proposed an ordinance seeking to create an education coordinating council that will bring about harmonious educational policies and up-to-date standards.
The education coordinating council shall be chaired by the city mayor and co-chaired by the sanggunian’s committee on education, culture, creativity, and historical research. The vice chairperson shall be the schools division superintendent of Department of Education-Baguio.
The members will be the chairperson of sanggunian’s committee on youth and sports development; heads of the Baguio offices of the National Youth Commission, Commission on Higher Education, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Professional Regulation Commission, Civil Service Commission, and Department of Labor and Employment; City Planning and Development Coordinator; representative from the city’s School Governing Council; Parents and Teachers Association Baguio Federation president; representative from basic education, both public and private schools; representative from technical-vocational institutions in the city; representative of higher educational institutions; and three representatives from the private human resource, industry, and business sectors.
Serving as the city’s education quality assurance team, the education coordinating council shall take the lead in coordinating with the various education stakeholders from concerned government agencies and private institutions to develop systems that will check the quality of education services in the city.
The council shall likewise evaluate the collective success rate of these services wherein intervention could be introduced to further improve them.
The council is expected to craft local policy recommendations and spearhead capacity building programs with the end view of bolstering the competence of stakeholders.
An amount of P200,000 shall be appropriated each year for the purpose subject to the regular accounting rules and government’s auditing procedure.
In his proposal, Cayabas emphasized the need for an active collaboration among the CHED, Tesda, and the DepEd guided by consistent or unified policies and regulations.
The proposed ordinance has been approved on first reading and referred to the sanggunian’s commitee on education, culture, creativity, and historical research for review and recommendations. – Jordan G. Habbiling