Philippines: Senior High School Support Program

Sovereign Project | 45089-002

The Asian Development Bank is working with the Philippines to undertake sweeping reforms of the school system that will assist in the addition of two years of senior high school. The project is helping to develop senior high school curriculums, build and improve schools, and develop a voucher system to help students with tuition costs. About 5.9 million students who are expected to enter high school in the next 3 years are benefitting from the program.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Perez, Lynnette
    Southeast Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
  • Modality
    • Loan
  • Sector
    • Education
Project Name Senior High School Support Program
Project Number 45089-002
Country / Economy Philippines
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 3237-PHI: Senior High School Support Program (formerly Education Improvement Sector Development Program)
Ordinary capital resources US$ 300.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Education / Secondary

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact Employment of SHS graduates and those with some SHS enhanced
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Effective SHS system established and implemented
Progress Toward Outcome On the Learning outcomes in Math and Science, as measured by mean percentage score on national achievement test, the 2019 grade 12 national achievement test showed only partial achievement. On the technical and vocational skills certification rate, the targets were exceeded by at least 50 percentage points. On cohort survival rates, DepEd is currently refining the formula used for the cohort survival rate so this has yet to be determined as of September 2020. theh final outcome indicator is on the increased proportion of SHS students in non-DepEd Senior High Schools have already been achieved.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Results area 4: Basic education management, fiduciary, and safeguards systems strengthened

Results Area 1: Quality of DepEd SHS program improved

Results Area 2: Minimum service standard for school facilities in DepEd SHSs achieved

Results area 3: SHS voucher program developed and implemented

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Fully achieved DLIs. As of 22 September 2020, 19 of the 20 DLIs have been fully achieved. The latest DLI to be achieved is the Exit Assessment passing rate for technical-vocational-livelihood students in DepEd senior high schools, with 95.73% passing rate, or 45 percentage points higher than the target. The passing rate for males and females also surpassed the 45% target.

Partially achieved DLI. Based on the results of the schoolyear 2018-2019 Basic Education Exit Assessment released in 2020, the Grade 12 students' overall and gender-specific mean percentage scores did not fully meet the DLI targets.However, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, DepEd will most likely not be able to administer the Exit Assessment this coming school year and will therefore not be able to determine whether they can fully achieve the DLI target in 2021. As an alternative option, DepEd presented their intention to request adding an outcome DLI on increased gross enrolment rate for delivery in 2021. This will still be subject to approval by the government and ADB.

Geographical Location
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples B
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Representatives from different units of the Department of Education as well as from the Departments of Finance, Budget and Management and the National Economic and Development Authority were consulted, engaged and involved in the design of the program. Coordination with development partners were also undertaken to ensure complementarity of support to the overall K to 12 program of the government
During Project Implementation Semi-annual review missions are conducted which involves consultation and discussions with stakeholders from both public and private senior high schools, Department of Education schools divisions and regions, and implementing units at the central office. The mission is to primarily identify good or best practices worthy of replication and identify issues and challenges that they are confronted with which can be addressed either by the Department of Education or by other government agencies and which the CDTA can also support.
Responsible ADB Officer Perez, Lynnette
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Department of Education
Ms. Bella O. Marinas
2nd Floor, Rizal Building
Department of Education, DepED Complex
Meralco Avenue, Pasig City
Concept Clearance 05 Dec 2011
Fact Finding 10 Mar 2014 to 19 Jun 2014
MRM 23 Sep 2014
Approval 15 Dec 2014
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 29 Oct 2020

Loan 3237-PHI

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
15 Dec 2014 10 Feb 2015 22 Apr 2015 30 Jun 2020 30 Jun 2022 15 Mar 2022
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 4,410.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 300.00 17 Jun 2022 299.07 0.00 100%
Counterpart 4,110.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 17 Jun 2022 299.07 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory - Satisfactory - Satisfactory

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Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
ACHIEVEMENT OF DLI 2 2019 REF DEPED LETTER DATED 8SEP2020 RECEIVED 21SEP20 Loan 3237 21 Sep 2020 DEPED | PASIG CITY PHILIPPINES Department of Education 15,000,000.00 15,000,000.00
ACHIEVEMENT OF DLI 2 2016 AND DLI 3 2019 Loan 3237 20 Nov 2019 VARIOUS | VARIOUS PHILIPPINES Department of Education 20,000,000.00 20,000,000.00
ADVANCED ACHIEVEMENT OF DLI 5 FOR 2019 Loan 3237 03 Sep 2018 VARIOUS | VARIOUS PHILIPPINES Department of Education 25,000,000.00 25,000,000.00
ACHIEVEMENT OF DLI1 2016 AND DLI1 2017 Loan 3237 11 Apr 2018 VARIOUS | VARIOUS PHILIPPINES Department of Education 50,000,000.00 50,000,000.00
ACHIEVEMENT OF DLI3 FOR 2018 Loan 3237 27 Mar 2018 VARIOUS | VARIOUS PHILIPPINES Department of Education 20,000,000.00 20,000,000.00
ACHIEVVEMENT OF DLI5 FOR 2018 Loan 3237 22 Dec 2017 VARIOUS | VARIOUS PHILIPPINES Department of Education 30,000,000.00 30,000,000.00
FULL ACHIEVEMENT OF DLI3 FOR 2016 Loan 3237 05 Dec 2017 VARIOUS | VARIOUS PHILIPPINES Department of Education 11,250,000.00 11,250,000.00
DLI 6 FOR 2018: AT LEAST 35% PROPORTION OF DEPED D IVISIONS AND REGIONS SUBMITTING APCPI ON TIME Loan 3237 27 Oct 2017 VARIOUS | VARIOUS PHILIPPINES Department of Education 3,400,000.00 3,400,000.00

Procurement Plan

None currently available.