SERP-P or SocioEconomic Research Portal for the Philippines is an online electronic database of completed, ongoing and pipeline research studies related to economic development and policymaking in the Philippines. It links various socioeconomic studies implemented by various research institutions such as the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), government agencies and the academe. All pertinent data from abstracts, authors, focus of study, geographical coverage, and availability can be found in the SERP-P. Most of all, researchers can leaf through some of the studies' full text.


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Education





Education serves as the foundation for personal growth and development and plays a critical role in nation-building. It empowers citizens to become productive members of society and therefore is an important tool to eradicate poverty and inequality. An educated population leads to a stronger economy that can provide a bright future for the nation. Formal education in all levels—primary, secondary, and tertiary—as well as technical and vocational education must be given proper attention. As a field of study, education is one of the most researched areas. In the SERP-P, various studies on education were contributed by the member-institutions—encompassing basic education, the newly adopted K to 12 curriculum, and evaluation of higher education and graduate programs, among others. Most of these studies were contributed by the SEAMEO Regional Center for Educational Innovation and Technology (INNOTECH) and the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) and tackled issues on the root causes of low participation in basic education, educational disparities, and the need to improve the quality of education. Dr. Jose Ramon Albert of PIDS studied the demand side barriers to primary schooling in a policy note. He said that the most critical demand-side barriers and bottlenecks to schooling and late school entry and completion are parental perceptions on school readiness, poverty, differences in expectations between boys and girls, and the education of mothers. One of the most recent developments in basic education is the K to 12. There are studies in the SERP-P that explored the opportunities and challenges this new curriculum poses for the education sector. SEAMEO-INNOTECH published a report that aims to map the way toward the implementation of the K to 12 based on certain benchmarks that are aligned with national priorities and the experience of more developed countries in the Southeast Asian region like Malaysia and Singapore. Some studies on higher education delved on how funds are sourced and used by state universities and colleges (SUCs) and analyzed the efficiency of resource utilization. A study by Dr. Rosario Manasan of PIDS examined the programs offered by SUCs vis-a-vis their mandates and the quality of graduates being produced by the educational system, and recommended courses of action to improve the relevance and quality of their course offerings. These and other issues are covered in studies on education available in the SERP-P. Some of these studies are given below. For more, simply type 'education’ in the Search box of the SERP-P website.

Review and Assessment of Programs Offered by State Universities and Colleges.

The importance of tertiary education in promoting human development and improving the economy`s...

A Profile of Graduate Education Programs in the Philippines.In 2013, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Task Force on Graduate Education called for an as...

Funds Flow and Financial Control Analysis of the Student Financial Assistance Programs (StuFAP).This study presents the scholarship, grant-in-aid, and student loans (SGIAL) funds flow and its fina...

Assessment of Student Financial Assistance Programs (StuFAP) Policies, Procedures, and Control Mechanisms.

This study examines the existing design and processes of student grants and loans and identifies...

K TO 12 IN SOUTHEAST ASIA.The Philippine Department of Education engaged SEAMEO INNOTECH to conduct a comparative analysis of...

Profile of Multigrade Schools in the Philippines....

Enhanced K to 12 Basic Education Program: Opportunities and Challenges.Education equips an individual with the necessary knowledge and skills that he/she needs to become a...

Rationalizing the Public Higher Education Service.Education is highly regarded as a tool for economic security both on a personal level and for the co...

Addressing Late School Entry and other Demand-side Barriers to Primary Schooling.Cognizant of the country`s commitment to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particular...

Primary Education: Barriers to Entry and Bottlenecks to Completion.To improve the country`s standing on achieving the Millennium Development Goals on Education and Edu...

Improving Teacher Deployment Practices in the Philippines.Has the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) made resources available for the establishment of...

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