Belaro proposes education attaches

Rep. Salvador Belaro Jr.

1-ANG Edukasyon Party-list Representative and Assistant Majority Leader Salvador Belaro Jr. has proposed the sending overseas of education attaches, who will push the Philippines as a major education destination and forge inter-university linkages and consortia.

Belaro, author of House Bill 4027 calling for the deployment overseas of education attaches, said the Department of Foreign Affairs, Commission on Higher Education, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Education, and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority to determine which priority countries and international capitals the attaches are to be sent.

“The education agencies should also craft an international education marketing strategic framework and action plan that puts emphasis on the range of strengths of Philippine schools in particular disciplines. The strategy and plan can reference the various credible global education rankings to determine which academic fields in which the Philippines has the advantage,” said Belaro in a statement on Thursday.

Belaro said the strategy and plan ought to also consider the education and professionalization needs of overseas Filipino workers, including their children born overseas as they may want to continue their studies in the Philippines when their parent or parents return home.

“The education agencies can also involve the PRC and DOST in the formulation of the international education marketing strategic framework and action plan,” he said.

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