Project Name Secondary Education Development and Improvement
Project Number 25182-013
Country Philippines
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Strategic Agendas
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector

Education - Pre-primary and primary

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming

The Project aims to reduce inequity and geographic disparity in access to, quality and efficiency of public secondary education (grades 7 to 10) by targeting poverty affected provinces with low rates of enrollment and completion and low student achievement levels. The Project will also help the process of management decentralization that encourages school-based management (school autonomy) with local participation in school planning and management. Project preparation has been closely coordinated with that of the Third Elementary Education Project, financed by the World Bank and Japan Bank for International Cooperation. The two Projects target the same provinces and share complementary strategies to jointly support the improvement of access, and learning outcomes at schools, decentralization of basic education management and implementation of privatized textbook publishing and procurement.

The Project comprises three main objectives: (i) to improve quality and relevance of secondary education in project provinces; (ii) to increase the rate of participation in and completion of secondary education in underserved areas within the Project provinces; and (iii) to facilitate decentralization process to establish conditions for school-based management.

The Project will primarily cover 14 poverty-affected rural provinces. Limited support (textbook provisions and initial preparation for decentralization) will be provided to additional 12 poverty-affected rural provinces.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Secondary education in the Philippines typically enrolls 13-16 year-old students, and plays dual roles (i) to enhance trainability of these students who will enter the work force, and (ii) to provide academic preparation for these students continuing into higher education. Subsector performance and the overall standards have been curtailed by the low enrollment, completion, and student achievement in the poverty-affected rural areas. For the country to achieve the ten-year (1996-2005) subsector performance targets set by the Basic Education Master Plan, and to ensure supply of trainable human resources, it is essential to embark on geographicallly and socially targeted intervention to the low performing and poverty- affected provinces and schools.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location 14 poverty-affected rural provinces.

Safeguard Categories

Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services The Project will provide two packages of consulting services: Package A for the Bank financing covering education program areas and Package B for JBIC (Japan Bank for International Cooperation) financing covering school facilities development areas. Package A will entail 106 person-months of international consulting services and 279 person-months of domestic consulting services in decentralized education management; inservice training coordination; monitoring and evaluation, education and textbook management information system; and provincial secondary education development plan implementation advisors.
Procurement Procurement under the Project will cover (i) school furniture and equipment for classrooms, science laboratories, technology and home economics rooms, and faculty rooms; (ii) training equipment for division leader schools; (iii) computer equipment for education management information system (EMIS); and (iv) office furniture and equipment for instructional materials council secretariat (IMCS). In addition, the Project will provide textbooks and teachers' manuals for approximately 850 schools in the 26 target provinces. The Bank will finance items (ii) to (iv) and instructional materials.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer ADB Disclosure
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Department of Education
Teodocio Sangil
Second Floor, Rizal Building
Department of Education, DepED Complex,
Meralco Avenue, Pasig City
Department of Education
Mr. Benedicto Lim
Second Floor, Rizal Building
Department of Education, DepED Complex,
Meralco Avenue, Pasig City
Department of Education
Dr. Lolita M. Andrada
Second Floor, Rizal Building
Department of Education, DepED Complex,
Meralco Avenue, Pasig City


Concept Clearance 09 Feb 1994
Fact Finding 08 Sep 1997 to 03 Oct 1997
MRM 19 Jan 1998
Approval 11 Dec 1998
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 29 Nov 2006
Last PDS Update 16 Apr 2010

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