Philippines: Senior High School Support Program

Sovereign Project | 45089-002 Status: Active


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 three years are benefitting from the program.

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Project Name Senior High School Support Program
Project Number 45089-002
Country Philippines
Project Status Active
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 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 --
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)

Secpnd Review Mission was conducted starting November 2016, which included field visits to Regions 4A, 7, 8, 9, 11, and NCR.

14% of public SHS achieved MSS for SCR (DLI3). SHS Voucher Manual of Operations was prepared, and interim PMO for the GATSPE was created (DLI5). DLIs 5 and 6 for 2017 were also achieved.

All prior results DLIs, as well as DLIs 2 and 6 for 2015 have been met. Achievement of DLI 5 for 2015, and DLIs 1 and 3 for 2016 have yet to be confirmed.

Consultants under the CDTA have been mobilized to support DepEd in the implementation of the SHSSP.

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 Staff

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
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 28 Mar 2017

Loan 3237-PHI

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
15 Dec 2014 10 Feb 2015 22 Apr 2015 30 Jun 2020 - -
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 15 Dec 2014 100.35 0.00 33%
Counterpart 4,110.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 15 Dec 2014 175.35 0.00 58%

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards

Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

Title Document Type Document Date
Senior High School Support Program: Program Safeguard Systems Assessment Program Safeguard Systems Assessments Oct 2014

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