Terms of Reference

as of July 2018

I. Background

The Philippine Constitution guarantees the right of every Filipino to free quality education. Said education is to be anchored on the philosophy of humanism and egalitarianism. The former regards man as both the means and the ends of development, while the latter ensures that neither poverty nor difference in political creed and culture pose as obstacles to the fulfillment of this basic need. The ultimate aim of education is to develop the learners’ desirable knowledge, skills, values and attitudes which can be used to alleviate poverty and improve the quality of their life, family, community and society.

To ensure the fulfillment of the Constitutional provision, the Philippine Government lauched on October 16, 1989 the Education for All Program with the issuance of Presidential Proclamation No. 480, “Declaring the Period 1990-1999 as the Decade for Education for All (EFA). Several Presidential directives were later passed that led to the reorganization of the National Committee on Education for All (NCEFA) and the creation of the Regional Committee on EFA (RCEFA).

After a decade of slow progress, the international community reaffirmed its commitment to EFA in Dakar, Senegal in April 2000 and again in September of that year. At the latter meeting, 189 countries and their partners adopted the two EFA goals which were also part of the Millennium Development Goals and now the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Department of Education (DepEd) Order No. 94, s. 2009 called for the reactivation of the RCEFA to serve as the principal technical and administrative arm of the NCEFA in the region in carrying out EFA-related activities. Prior to the DepEd’s issuance, RDC Region IV-A created the RCEFA as a special support committee through RDC Resolution No. IV-A-52-2007 and not as a sub-committee of the Social Development Committee given that education and training are cross cutting issues. However, the Committee has been dormant a year after its creation due to theabsence of champions in the region.

In light of the massive changes and the disintegration of the education sector brought about by the creation of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the institutionalization of the Early Childhood Care and Development Program, and the implementation of the K to 12, among others, there is a profound need to revitalize the RCEFA and renamed it to Regional Committee on Quality Education for All (RCQEFA) to emphasize the importance of quality and not only making education accessible to everyone.

The passage of Republic Act No. 10533 which provides for the implementation of the K to 12 program posed additional challenge to the sector. As a response to the challenge, the Regional Development Council (RDC) created the Ad Hoc Committee on K to 12 through RDC Resolution No. IV-A-42-2015.

The RCQEFA hopes to harmonize the conflicting policies from the basic, technicalvocational and training and higher education as well as related concerns such as sports development and culture. It shall assume the functions of the Ad Hoc Committee on K to 12 especially on monitoring and ensuring that the program is responsive to the needs of the region. The RDC also created the Special Committee on Strengthening Academe-Industry Linkage (SCS A-IL) through RDC Resolution No. IV-A-43-2015to orchestrate efforts on addressing the issue on job-skills mismatch. The Committee has adopted a manifesto and call to action, many of which concerns the education sector. The RCQEFA would serve as a venue to discuss the education issues and concerns and recommend appropriate strategies for implementation or adoption of agencies and other education entities.

The reactivation of the RCQEFA is timely considering that the SDGs still include education as a goal and given the enormous task of pursuing the O+10 socioeconomic agenda of the current administration, particularly “strengthening basic education, focusing on skills in communication, math and logical thinking and provide scholarships for tertiary education, and address skills-jobs mismatches”.

II. Functions:

  1. To lead, guide and coordinate the implementation of activities related to the achievement of EFA goals;
  2. To discuss education problems/issues and recommend appropriate solutions;
  3. To recommend/endorse to the RDC or the appropriate entity/ies legislation/policies and programs;
  4. To disseminate information on national policies to concerned regional and local partners and provide venue for exchange of good practices on implementing education programs, relevant programs and projects on the various levels of education, among others;
  5. To facilitate the regular monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of local plans programs and legislations;
  6. To advocate the inclusion of education concerns to the RDC and the local development council’s agenda;
  7. To strengthen the capacity of the provinces, cities and municipalities to manage, coordinate and monitor programs and services relevant to educational concerns such as the use of the Special Education Fund and management of local colleges;
  8. To facilitate partnerships among the government, the industry and academe in addressing education concerns or in pursuit of excellence in the achievement of EFA goals;
  9. Closely coordinate with the SCS A-IL to address education related issues such as job-skills mismatch, on-the-job training, dual training system and tracking system of graduates;
  10. To provide quarterly reports to the Sectoral Committee on Social Development/Social Protection (SCSD/SP) and RDC and perform other functions as maybe directed by the (SCSD/SP) or the RDC.

III. Composition:

Chairperson: Director, Department of Education

Co-Chairpersons: PSR Emerson B. Atanacio, National College of Science and Technology (RDC Private Sector Representative (PSR) from the academe)

Vice-Chairperson: Director, National Economic and Development Authority


Regional Line Agencies:

  • Department of the Interior and Local Government
  • Department of Labor and Employment
  • Department of Public Works and Highways
  • Department of Social Welfare and Development
  • Department of Trade and Industry
  • Department of Tourism
  • National Commission on Indigenous Peoples
  • National Youth Commission
  • Philippine Information Agency


  • University of the Philippines Los Baños
  • Cavite State University
  • Laguna State Polytechnic University
  • Batangas State University
  • University of Rizal System
  • Southern Luzon State University
  • Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities
  • Imus Institute of Science and Technology Cavite
  • Lyceum of the Philippines Batangas
  • Regional Technical Vocational Educators Association
  • Parents-Teachers Association

Local Government Units:

  • Cavite Province
  • Laguna Province
  • Batangas Province
  • Rizal Province
  • Quezon Province

Private Sector Representative

Secretariat: National Economic and Development Authority

The Directors of DepEd, CHED and TESDA shall take turns in the chairmanship. The Chairperson and Co-Chairpersons shall have a term of 2 years. Meanwhile, the RDC PSR as Co-Chairperson shall be elected every three years, coinciding with the election of the RDC PSRs.

Interested parties may be nominated by the members subject to the approval of the body during a regular meeting or through a referendum.

IV. Conduct of Meetings

The Committee shall hold at least one meeting every semester. The presence in a meeting of fifty percent plus one of the total members shall constitute a quorum. In the absence of a quorum, the Committee members present may discuss the items in the agenda and make recommendations thereon to the Council in the next meeting.

Hosting of the meeting shall be rotated among the members.

V. Decision of the Committee

The decision of the Committee shall only be recommendatory in nature and shall be in the form of a resolution addressed to the Sectoral Committee on Social Development/Social Protection then to the RDC Full Council or Executive Committee.