The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is responsible for managing Australia's overseas aid program, including in the Philippines. DFAT Office in Manila located at the Australian Embassy http://philippines.embassy.gov.au/. The Australia-Philippines Development Cooperation Program’s directions are determined in consultation with the Government of the Philippines and are set out in a Statement of Commitment between the Governments of Australia and the Philippines. This aligns with President Aquino’s vision for the country as articulated in the 16 point ‘Social Contract with the Filipino People’ - which is the guiding framework for the ‘Philippine Development Plan’. The Australia-Philippines Development Cooperation Program Statement of Commitment reflects the intention of the Governments to work together to address some of the key issues that keep people poor and make others vulnerable to falling into poverty. The goal of the Australia – Philippines development cooperation program is to assist the poor and vulnerable to take advantage of the opportunities that can arise from a more prosperous, stable and resilient Philippines. For more information, please visit: http://dfat.gov.au/geo/philippines/development-assistance/pages/development-assistance-in-philippines.aspx
The Department of Education (DepEd) formulates, implements, and coordinates policies, plans, programs and projects in the areas of formal and non-formal basic education. It supervises all elementary and secondary education institutions, including alternative learning systems, both public and private; and provides for the establishment and maintenance of a complete, adequate, and integrated system of basic education relevant to the goals of national development.
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is the key leader of the Philippine Higher Education System effectively working in partnership with other major higher education stakeholders in building the country's human capital and innovation capacity towards the development of a Filipino Nation as a responsible member of the international community.
Cardno is the Facilitating Contractor for BEST and is responsible for overall program coordination, operations, provision of specialists, technical support, grant management and other services that assist BEST in meeting the target outcomes. It works collaboratively with DFAT, DepEd and other implementation teams and other stakeholders for the effective and efficient delivery of the Program ensuring convergence and collaboration of implementation and agendas.
Cardno has a long history of working in partnership with developing countries to deliver solutions for sustainable development. It has been working with the Australian Government for more than 40 years in many countries in the Asia Pacific Region, implementing significant programs in key sectors, such as governance, financial management, law and justice, education, health and HIV/AIDS, environment and natural resource management, food security and , agriculture.
ACTRC is a significant contributor to BEST target outcomes through applied research on curriculum, improvements in assessment practices, and use of technology in schools. The Centre provides technical advice on curriculum, teaching and assessment research based on empirical studies of curriculum innovation and implementation.
ACTRC has produced high quality research that are being used to support the K-12 national implementation. Some of these are 21st Century Skills Assessments; Understanding Best Practices in Mother Tongue Based Multi Lingual Education (MTB-MLE) in the Philippines; Longitudinal Study of Learning Achievement of Students in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Learn ARMM); Alignment of Intended, Implemented and Assessed Science Curriculum Focusing on Inquiry Skills (Science Inquiry); Formative Assessment Phase 1; Evaluation on the Use of Tablets; and Validation Study for students with additional needs in the Philippines Phase 1.
RCTQ was assists in the implementation of the K-12 reform by providing nationally consistent policy advice focused on teacher quality. It is a key contributor to BEST target outcomes through applied research in Pre-Service Teacher Growth and Development, In-service Teacher Professional Growth and Development, Teacher and Teacher Educator Subject and Academic Renewal.
RCTQ has provided BEST with studies on pre-service teacher development needs; a multi-stakeholder partnership investigation; and collaboration with CHED on a number of future studies on pre-service education, teacher practicum programs and accreditation of teacher education programs and institutions.
PBSP is a not for profit organization that unites more than 200 businesses to support inclusive growth in the Philippines. Supporting education through better learning environment is a unifying priority that brought together a partnership between the Australian Government, DepEd and PBSP to build classrooms.
PBSP through its Bayanihang Pampaaralan (BP), it is helping DepEd address its classroom backlog by raising funds and constructing classrooms in areas that need the most assistance such as BEST Regions and Typhoon Pablo-hit areas. All classrooms are built and provided with armchairs for students and teachers tables and chairs and separate toilets for boys and girls. Each school building is equipped with a water system facility, wash facility and accessible ramps for persons with disability.
Likewise, PBSP provides a package of capacity building support to school officials, Municipal Local School Boards, Parents-Teachers Association (PTAs) and community stakeholders particularly on classroom maintenance and bringing in local community stakeholders in school improvement planning and implementation.
PBED is a not for profit organisation that brings together the business community to advocate for education reforms. Improving the quality of education by improving teacher quality is a unifying issue that brought together a partnership between the Australian Government, PBED and DepEd. The partnership with PBED contributes to the achievement of BEST target outcomes by contributing to the pool of high quality teachers in public schools through scholarship places; uplifting the images of the teaching profession and make it an attractive career option for Filipino youth and professionals; and fostering greater collaboration among institutions in helping the Philippine Government improve its basic education service delivery.
The Australian Government provides grant funding to PBED for a teacher scholarship program (STEP UP - http://www.stepupph.org ) which targets the best and the brightest to the teaching profession. After graduation, the scholars are required to teach in public schools, subject to compliance to DepED hiring requirements.