Friday, February 26, 2010

Teodoro: A college graduate for each family

By Lira Dalangin-Fernandez
First Posted 14:12:00

Filed Under: Eleksyon 2010, Politics, Elections, Education

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MANILA, Philippines – Administration candidate Gilbert Teodoro has vowed to implement an education agenda that sought to target at least one college graduate per family.

“Ang target natin bawat pamilya ay magkaroon ng isang college graduate [Our target is for each family to have at least one college graduate],” Teodoro said in a recent dialogue with barangay (village) officials, women’s groups, youth and fisherfolk groups in Muntinlupa City.

He underscored the need to raise the standards of the basic education system to make it competitive with internationally, improve training program for teachers, and introduce a sustainable student loan program to deserving students.

Mike Toledo, Teodoro’s spokesman, admitted that the aim of ensuring at least one degree holder for every family was “ambitious” but doable.

“You heard him say how important quality education in lifting the economy, thus a Teodoro administration would ensure that sufficient fund is available for those deserving but underprivileged students,” he said in a phone interview.

Under the proposed program, a seed capital of P5 billion to P6 billion will be set aside in the Social Security System and invested in income-generating schemes to ensure sustainability.

Students can avail of this loan program for their education, which they can start paying once they get a job.

One payment scheme will be through salary deduction when the person gets a job, Toledo said.

He said the formula was proven successful in other countries based on the students that have graduated from college.

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