Educators’ Forum for Development

Extend Preparation through a 6-month Bridge Period, and Postpone School Opening to January 2021

July 7, 2020

POLICY NOTE

The EFD shares in the objective of ensuring the right and access to education of Filipino learners, and believes that learning should continue despite the pandemic. But we cannot support any rushed implementation without ensuring the maximum support to the three most important stakeholders – teachers, learners and parents.

Anti-Terrorism Bill Silences Dissent, Curtails Democratic Rights

June 12, 2020

Amid the current challenges facing Filipino educators nationwide, we cannot simply stay silent or neutral as increased ranks of Filipinos call for the junking of the Anti-Terrorism Bill. When it is not only us but our children’s and students’ rights and freedoms that are at stake, we stand in unison in opposing a more draconian version of the Human Security of Act of 2007 and in defending the values and principles that our ancestors have fought for.

ABS-CBN shutdown a threat to press freedom, a bane to transformative education

May 8, 2020

NETWORKS | EDUCATORS’ FORUM FOR DEVELOPMENT

We are in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic to which our government can only muster a militaristic response instead of strengthening our health system and relay incoherent reports, and at times, disinformation.

Martial Law omission a mockery of history

January 21, 2020

NETWORKS

In pushing to revise history, the Marcoses are evidently basking in the successive court victories they have been securing under the current administration. They have been enjoying freedom and have even been installed in government, as if their crimes against the Filipino people have been forgotten.

Arrest education workers’ rapidly eroding incomes, gov’t urged

November 16, 2018

The salaries of education workers are being battered by unprecedented rising prices, research group IBON said. The paltry increases, which even came in trickles under Executive Order 201, have already been eroded since they were applied in 2016, said the group. In a media forum, IBON executive editor and research head Rosario Bella Guzman said […]

Critical thinking under government attack, transformative education at risk

October 5, 2018

Recent government statements including by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) aim to stifle critical thinking of educators and students. By trying to censor ideas it finds objectionable, the State is violating the public’s right to free expression and academic freedom. This will stop education from being truly transformative. […]

2018 Midyear Birdtalk: Illusory Growth, Emergent Authoritarianism

August 12, 2018

Download here Two years into the Duterte administration, the Philippine economy’s gains are illusory and the political situation is on the brink of accelerated decline. The economy is on borrowed time. There is a limit to how long the government’s infrastructure spending frenzy and hype about sound fundamentals can disguise the problems. Agricultural and industrial […]

From one invader to another (Excerpt from History of the Filipino People – Challenges and Responses to Nationhood)

June 13, 2018

On June 12, 1898, Philippine independence was declared in a ceremony in Kawit, Cavite. For the first time, the national flag made by Marcela Agoncillo in Hongkong was raised, while the bands played Marcha National Filipina written by Julian Felipe. Ambrosio Rianzares Bautista wrote and read the Declaration of Independence. Aguinaldo announced the separation of […]

Global market-focused education wastes potential of Filipino labor — EFD

May 1, 2018

Filipino educators urge the Duterte government and all stakeholders to mark this year’s International Labor Day as a reminder of the importance of workers and human resources in achieving the country’s development, and how this can be guided only through a nationalist and progressive education system. The Educators’Forum for Development (EFD), a voluntary association of […]