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PAPSCU stands with COCOPEA for immediate amendment of RR 5-2021

Uphold the Pro Education Spirit of the CREATE ACT and the Constitution

SIGN THE PETITION HERE: Petition · AN URGENT PLEA FOR PRESIDENT DUTERTE TO INTERVENE IN THE RECTIFICATION OF BIR RR 5-2021 · Change.org

Dear Mr. President,

On behalf of the Coordinating Council for Private Educational Associations (COCOPEA), the umbrella organization of 5 major Private School associations: the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Inc. (PACU), Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP), Philippine Association of Private Schools, Colleges, & Universities (PAPSCU), Association of Christian Schools, Colleges, and Universities (ACSCU), Technical Vocational Schools Association (TVSA), and other Private School associations: Davao Colleges and Universities Network Inc. (DACUN), Association of Private, State Colleges, Universities in Region XI (APSCUR XI), Association of Cebu Private Schools (CESAFI), Bicol Association of Private Colleges and Universities (BAPCU), National Alliance of Private Schools Philippines Inc. (NAPSPHIL) and thousands of educational, parent, alumni and employee associations from around the country,  we respectfully seek your help in correcting the errors in the BIR’s Revenue Regulation RR 5-2021, which directly contradicts the provisions and the spirit of both the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises Act (CREATE) and the Constitution.

Whereas CREATE, Congress and your Administration sought to shore up proprietary educational institutions during the pandemic with a much-appreciated temporary reduction in the tax rate from 10% to 1%, RR 5–2021 will instead cause irreparable damage to the institutions that you sought to help, by more than doubling their tax rate by 150%, from the 10% that has been applied to them since 1968, to 25%.

Simply put, RR 5-2021 will severely harm the schools, parents, students, teachers, employees and, other stakeholders in the private education sector, which is a large and vital partner of the government in providing quality education nationwide. Currently, there are over 6.1 million students enrolled in almost 15,000 private educational institutions across the country, based on CHED and DepEd data. The current faculty and staff of the private educational institutions total over 400,000.

The erroneous provision of RR 5-2021 will add a heavy additional burden to the many stakeholders of the private education sector, at a time when we are already fighting for our survival. Our sector has not yet recovered from the debilitating effects of the K-12 Law, and is in the midst of struggling with the steep drop in enrollment caused by the pandemic. RR 5-2021 will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

Many individuals will be directly affected by RR 5-2021, such as our students, academic, athletic, working students and needs-based scholars, the parents and our faculty and staff. Members of the communities built around schools, such as school uniform sewers, cafeteria workers, carinderias, sari-sari stores, dormitories, janitorial/security services, school bus drivers/helpers, bookstores, book suppliers, and informal businesses around the campuses, will also be severely affected.

In the last five years, your Administration has mounted many initiatives that have made education more accessible and affordable by strengthening the complementary roles of the public and private education sectors in an integrated education system. 

The enactment of your landmark and widely hailed Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act (RA 10931), the Tulong Dunong Program, and the educational assistance programs under the Bayanihan 2 such as the Bayanihan 2 for Higher Education Tulong Program (B2HELP), the CHED-DOLE Tabang OFW Program, and the GSIS and Landbank Educational Loan Programs, have all contributed significantly to making private education accessible to students, especially the underprivileged.

Mr. President, we thank you wholeheartedly, for all your efforts to help the poor.  You have truly earned your place as a staunch champion of education by providing access to quality education for deserving students who cannot afford it. 

However, the benefits of your legacy could very well be canceled by RR 5-2021. We appeal to you, Mr. President, to make our tax laws consistent with your vision and the constitutional mandate of ensuring access to education for all Filipinos.  Specifically, RR 5-2021 unilaterally and illegally inserted wording inconsistent with both Section 27 (B) of the Tax Code as amended by CREATE, and the Constitution.

We appeal for your intervention because we have exhausted all other administrative avenues by requesting various government offices, including the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Department of Finance, to revisit and reverse those provisions of RR 5-2021, to no avail. This will cause irreparable harm to the private education sector and its many stakeholders. 

We come to you Mr. President as the final arbiter for administrative remedy and the ultimate protector of our many stakeholders. We know how much you value education and its key role in alleviating poverty.  

We hope and pray that you can correct this egregious injustice.

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Inner Wellness: Psycho-emotional Health Care (Free Webinar)

The Philippine Association of Private Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAPSCU) and Private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC) Assistance to Programs and Initiatives to Reform Education (ASPIRE) Program in cooperation with Reintegration for Care & Wholeness Foundation, Inc. (RCWFI) present the Empowering Education Executives in the New Reality (E3) Webinar on June 4, 2021, at 2:00 PM via Facebook Live.

This is in partnership with Reintegration for Care and Wholeness Foundation Inc. (RCWFI), a nonprofit organization advocating committed and integral self-care through psycho-spiritual counseling & inner wellness education & interventions.

Title: Inner Wellness: Psycho-Emotional Health Care

In response to the epidemic, there has been an overwhelming interest in providing wellness services to promote mental health and well-being. Priority must be on developing wellbeing in our mind, body, and spirit; it is an undertaking that requires time and focus.

Let us continue to work towards our greater healing, upliftment and inner wellbeing and those of the people we care for.

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PEARL Webinar on International Journal Management via COCOPEA FB Live

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PAPSCU E3 presents FGD on ‘Configuring the New Normal: Trends, Opportunities, and Alternatives’

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New Schedule: Education Imperative for the New Normal (Day 4)

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Day 4 of the PAPSCU-PEAC Webinar Series on Education Imperative for the New Normal: Planning for Flexible Learning is rescheduled on July 4, 2020.

Part I is an FGD session for school heads, while Part II is a live stream of the following panels:

  • Technology Affordances (Mr. Bon Samuel P. Atienza, Power Mac Center)
  • Scanning the Environment: Data and Requirements for Planning (Dr. Zyralie L. Bedural, Philippine Normal University)
  • Flexible Learning Options: Knots and Bolts (Dr. Felicia I. Yeban, Philippine Normal University)
  • Technology Requirements for Flexible Learning (Mr. Bon Samuel P. Atienza, Power Mac Center / Mr. Carlo P. Fernando, DICT)
  • Assessment in Flexible Learning: Issues, Challenges, and Solutions (Dr. Marilyn U. Balagtas, Philippine Normal University)
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Moving Forward Together (Mr. Benito E. Benoza, SEAMEO INNOTECH)

Watch the live stream on COCOPEA PH Facebook page or the #PAPSCUmatters group.

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Education Imperative for the New Normal (Webinar Series)

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This webinar series entitled “Education Imperative for the New Normal Planning for Flexible Learning” aims to assist schools in designing a realistic strategic plan for flexible learning and develop a management e tool kit to guide the key school players in operationalizing flexible learning delivery programs for their schools’ individual strategic learning continuity plans

Watch the Webinars here:

Join the #PAPSCUmatters Facebook group for more updates.

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PAPSCU and PEAC hold research training

PAPSCU and the Private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC) had a Training Course on Basic Research Methods under the PAPSCU Excellent Academic Research Link (PEARL) on January 9 to 11, 2019 at Lyceum of the Philippines University – Laguna.

 

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1st Quarterly Assembly and Appreciation Luncheon

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PAPSCU will host its 1st Quarterly Assembly and Appreciation Luncheon on January 22, 2019 at Makati Shangri-La Manila. PAPSCU president Dr. Lourdes Almeda-Sese will present her quarterly report, while invited speakers Ms. Rhodora Angela Ferrer, Executive Director of PEAC and Atty Joseph Noel Estrada, Legal Counsel of COCOPEA, will talk about PEAC Status Report and Education Policy and Legislation.

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PAPSCU and SMCL present forum on student discipline, teacher protection

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Papscu partners with Saint Michael’s College of Laguna in the Legal Forum on Student Discipline and Teacher Protection featuring Education Advocate Atty. Estrada Joseph Noelon November 26, 2018, Monday, from 1:00 PM at St. Theodore Hall. For inquiries, contact SMCL at (049) 511-9359 or (02) 405-5040

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Education Advocacy Summit 2018 Program

Philippine Association of Private Schools, Colleges, and Universities
(PAPSCU)
and
National Alliance of Private Schools Philippines, Inc.
(NAPSPHIL)
In Partnership with
Private Education Assistance Committee
(PEAC)
Rex Group of Companies

EDUCATION ADVOCACY SUMMIT 2018

Theme:
Think Education, Think Advocacy:
Advocating for Complementarity in Delivering Accessible Quality Education

7:00 A.M. Registration

8:00 A.M. – 8:30 A.M. OPENING PROGRAM

8:30 A.M. – 12:00 NN MORNING SESSION

Keynote Address
HON. KARLO ALEXEI B. NOGRALES
District Representative, Davao City, 1st District

Issues, Challenges, and Breakthroughs in Implementing Government Subsidy in Education
HON. VICTORIA M. CATIBOG
Undersecretary, Department of Education

“Para sa Bata, Para sa Bayan: 21st Century Learning Solutions for the Whole Child”
DON TIMOTHY I. BUHAIN
Chief Operating Officer
Rex Group of Companies

1:00 – 1:30 PM Induction of NAPSPHIL as PAPSCU’s Regional Affiliate

1:30 PM AFTERNOON SESSION

Understanding High Impact Learning: What Education Neuroscience Says
PROF. ALLAN B. DE GUZMAN, Ph.D.
Fellow in Curriculum Leadership, Queensland University of Technology
Fellow, SEAMEO – INNOTECH 2011
Metrobank Outstanding Teacher

Federalism and New Constitution: Impact on Education
ATTY. TERESE RAY ANNE O. AQUINO
Partner, Estrada-Aquino Law Office

Legal Challenges to Private Education
ATTY. JOSEPH NOEL M. ESTRADA
Education Advocate

Proposed Framework for Guiding Complementarity of Public and Private Higher Education
VICENTE K. FABELLA, Ph.D.
President, Jose Rizal University

FAPE 50: PEAC as Funder, Advocate, Partner, Enabler
PROF. RHODORA ANGELA F. FERRER
Executive Director, PEAC

5:00-6:00 PAPSCU Business Meeting