Philippines : Secondary Education Support Program
The program will support the implementation of system-wide secondary education reforms in the Philippines during 2019 to 2023. It is part of the Asian Development Bank's support to the government's Kindergarten to grade 12 Basic Education program. The program builds on and complements ADB's ongoing Senior High School Support Program, which contributes to the implementation of an effective senior high school system in the country. The program will improve secondary level student learning outcomes and completion rates by (I) improving the quality and relevance of the secondary education program, (ii) improving the quality of secondary school teachers, and (iii) strengthening secondary education sector management.
|Project Name||Secondary Education Support Program|
|Country / Economy||Philippines
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Loan
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Education / Secondary
|Gender||Effective gender mainstreaming|
|Description||The program will support the implementation of system-wide secondary education reforms in the Philippines during 2019 to 2023. It is part of the Asian Development Bank's support to the government's Kindergarten to grade 12 Basic Education program. The program builds on and complements ADB's ongoing Senior High School Support Program, which contributes to the implementation of an effective senior high school system in the country. The program will improve secondary level student learning outcomes and completion rates by (I) improving the quality and relevance of the secondary education program, (ii) improving the quality of secondary school teachers, and (iii) strengthening secondary education sector management.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||Despite the modest gains in enrolment and completion compared to 1990 levels, the country's secondary education system continues to face access challenges. In school year 2015/16, junior high school net enrolment and completion rates were only 68% and 74%, respectively. In the same school year, only 6 of 10 secondary-school aged children belonging to the poorest 20% of households were in JHS, compared to 9 in the richest 20%. Girls continue to outperform boys in most junior high school indicators based on SY 2015/16 sex-disaggregated data. Challenges in quality remain, as evidenced by low learning achievement of students. Many secondary schools under the DepEd do not have enough specialized teachers in core subjects due to difficulties recruiting and deploying subject specialists. Inadequate equipment, tools, and learning materials limit the teachers' (and students') ability to adequately teacher (and learn) the specialized subjects. DepEd recognizes the need to reinvigorate and expand effective school-community partnerships and improve the system of assessing each school's school-based management practice given its proven link to school and student learning improvement.|
Opportunities for human development equalized
|Description of Outcome||
Secondary level student learning outcomes and completion rates improved
|Progress Toward Outcome||The project was declared effective on 29 August 2019 and inception mission was fielded in January 2020.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Quality and relevance of the secondary education program improved
Quality of secondary education teachers improved
Secondary education sector management strengthened
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||Some disbursement-linked indicators (DLIs) for 2019 and 2020 are expected to be achieved, subject to verification, while others are expected to be delayed. Technical assistance support is being provided to help achieve specific DLIs.|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||Extensive consultations through workshops, focused group discussions and key informant interviews were held with : 1) Department of Education management and staff at all levels (Central office, regional office, schools division office, representative schools) ; 2) representatives from key stakeholders especially at the school level (parents, local government unit, industry partners); 3) government oversight agencies (including Department of Budget and Management, National Economic and Development Authority, Department of Finance, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority); 4) key representatives from the private sector (including representatives from private schools, NGOs), and development partners. The comprehensive discussions and policy fora organized resulted in the generation of key issues and challenges in secondary education that need to be addressed and prioritized in order to achieve the development goals, medium-term directions, priorities and strategies in basic education. These subsequently informed the design of the disbursement-linked indicators that will be included as part of the key results areas of the program.|
|During Project Implementation|
|Consulting Services||Consultants supporting this project are engaged through TA 9071-PHI.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Yamakawa, Yumiko|
|Responsible ADB Department||Sectors Group|
|Responsible ADB Division||Human and Social Development Sector Office (SG-HSD)|
Department of Education
|Concept Clearance||28 Jan 2016|
|Fact Finding||21 May 2018 to 01 Jun 2018|
|MRM||16 Aug 2018|
|Approval||23 May 2019|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||25 Mar 2020|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|23 May 2019||03 Jun 2019||29 Aug 2019||30 Jun 2024||-||-|
|Financing Plan||Loan Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||24,077.40||Cumulative Contract Awards|
|ADB||300.00||26 Jul 2023||136.50||0.00||46%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||26 Jul 2023||176.50||0.00||59%|
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|Contract Title||Approval Number||Contract Date||Contractor | Address||Executing Agency||Total Contract Amount (US$)||Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)|
|ACHIEVEMENT OF DLI 5.1 PRIOR RESULTS 2018||Loan 3790||10 Aug 2020||DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION | 24SIG PHILIPPINES||Department of Education||15,000,000.00||15,000,000.00|
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