Q: There is a recommendation that the incoming
administration should enact policies to enable the
Philippines to have a knowledge-based economy. What’s
Q: There is a recommendation that the incoming administration should enact policies to enable the Philippines to have a knowledge-based economy. What’s your response?
A: We need to add two years to the 10-year education cycle, which is
among the shortest in the region.
We need to build a proper preschool system and make it
accessible to more of our children, particularly those from lower
income groups.We need to commit more resources to train more teachers and
build more classrooms. We need to widen access to education
and improve the quality of that education.
As we improve our basic education system, we must also enhance
our higher education.
Q: There are some critics who see your election victory as signaling the return of the oligarchy, and there are others who believe you are much more open to alternative policies to guide the country’s economy than most of the previous leaders. Please share your thoughts on these differing views.
A: There is something fundamentally wrong with an economy that can grow continuously for a decade while the number of people living in poverty has actually increased. Access to education, healthcare, and economic opportunity must be widened, but this will take time. A sustained program of conditional cash transfers,