GMA signs orders to improve education

By Angelo S. Samonte, Reporter

President Gloria Arroyo designated the director general of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) as a member of the Teacher Education Council (TEC) to strengthen the Presidential Task Force on Education.

In executive orders 729 and 730, the President cited the “need to include the technical-vocational sector of education to the TEC and to educate and train the technical-vocational teachers of unquestionable integrity and competence.”

The two orders, signed by the President on June 4, 2008 but released only Friday, will synchronize and harmonize the country’s education system.

The Teacher Education Council was created by Republic Act 7784, while the Tesda was created by Republic Act 7796.

The presidential task force, for its part, was created by Executive Order 652, which Mrs. Arroyo signed on August 21, 2007 “to assess, plan and monitor the entire educational system.”

Executive Order 730 added two private representatives to the board of advisers of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

Intellectual property

President Arroyo also signed Executive Order 736, which creates the National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights that will work to intensify intellectual property rights protection in the Philippines.

She stressed the “need for an inter-agency group that will effectively formulate and implement plans and policies and strengthen the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in the country.”

The newly created intellectual property rights committee is chaired by the Department of Trade and Industry, and co-chaired by the Intellectual Property Office.

Both offices are tasked to “continue to coordinate inter-agency efforts against piracy and counterfeiting.(ManilaTimes)

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