Albay Governor Joey Salceda expressed his full support to the government’s K to 12 Program amidst calls for the Supreme Court to declare the program unconstitutional.
Salceda said it is necessary to add 2 years to the current basic education program to give Filipino graduates a chance to compete in the international labor market.
“Number one talaga para sa kabutihan ng ating mga graduates kasi kung kulang din naman talo sila sa international labor market so hindi sila napo-promote. Sa dami naman ng graduates natin taun-taon na umaabot ng 450,000, kulang sila ng dalawang taon, so kailangan talaga matugunan natin,” Salceda said.
He also stressed that the general public should look at the additional years as added value that the government is providing for free.
“Dati binabayaran ng government 10 taon lang (ng basic education), ngayon 12 na, ayaw mo pa ba ‘yun? Nakatipid ang mga pamilya ng two years,” he added.
As a policy maker, the governor said he has long been advocating for the program, believing that the K to 12 Program, partnered with 4Ps and health programs, will finally put an end to the inter-generational transmission of poverty in the country.
“Itong triumvirate na ito sa pananaw ko ang solusyon para finally hindi tayo pabalik-balik sa napakataas na poverty ratio at mabibigyan ng chance ang mga ordinaryong pamilya na maging competitive o makilaban po hindi lang dito sa loob ng Pilipinas kundi sa labas. Kailangan globally competitive po ang bawat indibidwal pati na po ang mga komunidad so talagang puspusan ang aming pagma-market ng K to 12 bilang pillar ng ating socio-economic development,” Salceda emphasized.
He is also calling on the public to be open to the K to 12 reform admitting that, while it may not be easy to change a system that we have all been used to in the past, it is also not acceptable for the citizenry to remain shortchanged.
Salceda believes that if the vast majority accepts system change pushed for by the government, this will lead to social cohesion which allows the necessary sacrifices to make reforms work for everyone.