U.S.-Philippines Partnership Advances Learning Outcomes

USAID Mission Director Lawrence Hardy II reiterates the U.S. government’s commitment to support the Philippine government in expanding access to inclusive, quality education for all –
especially the most marginalized and vulnerable.
Vice President Leni Robredo delivering the keynote address at the 11th Synergia Summit organized by USAID and Synergeia.
The recipients of this year’s Seal of Good Education Governance Award. Twenty four local governments from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao received the recognition for their remarkable commitment to improving education governance.

Manila, September 30, 2017 — The U.S. government, through the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and in partnership with Synergeia Foundation, convened the 11th National Education Summit on September 28 and 29, 2017.  Nearly 400 leaders from local governments, schools, and the private sector gathered to share best practices in education governance, including such topics as community engagement, budgeting, partnerships, and decentralization of basic education.  Vice President Leni Robredo graced the summit and delivered the keynote address.

The summit was a part of USAID’s five-year, Php430 million Education Governance Effectiveness (EdGE) project that supports the Philippines’ goal of improving learning outcomes in the early grades.

“At USAID, we believe that education serves as a driver for development and the elimination of extreme poverty.  Education is transformational for individuals and societies.  It also creates pathways to better health, economic growth, a sustainable environment, and peaceful, democratic societies,” USAID’s Mission Director Lawrence Hardy II said in his remarks on the second day of the summit.

At the end of the summit, USAID and Synergeia awarded the Seal of Good Education Governance to 24 local governments in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao for demonstrating remarkable commitment to improving education governance.  The children in their respective regions have achieved higher scores in the National Achievement Test, and student attendance has increased.  As a result, more children are now expected to complete primary school.

The winners of the Seal are: Santol and Bacnotan, La Union; Diadi, Solano and Villaverde, Nueva Vizcaya; Diffun, Quirino; Alimodan, Cabatuan, Concepcion, Lambunao, Miag-ao and Mina, Iloilo; Dao and Ivisan, Capiz; Argao, Balamban and Dalaguete, Cebu; Bongao and Simunul, Tawi-Tawi; Datu Paglas and North Upi, Maguindanao; Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental; Tuba, Benguet, and Valenzuela City.

About USAID

The Embassy’s office of U.S. Agency for International Development is the lead U.S. government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.  In the Philippines, USAID partners with the national government to create a more stable, prosperous and well-governed nation. For more information, visit http://www.usaid.gov/philippines or email infoph@usaid.gov.