Gibo wants research-based learning | Philstar.com

Cecille Suerte Felipe – The Filipino Star

February 15, 2022 | 00:00

MANILA, Philippines — Former Secretary of Defense and Senate candidate Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro wants research-based learning rather than a lecture-type curriculum for higher education to improve students’ ability to do research and development.

Teodoro, a lawyer and high notary to the bar from 1989, said the college curriculum should focus more on discussing and submitting concepts and research papers, with the exception of science and math. Through this type of learning, the pursuit of knowledge will be embedded in students, he said.

“Your learning process and method will improve if you have a teaching concept based on research rather than lectures. You will develop the habit of researching and improving your skills, because learning is a lifelong business,” he said.

The former Tarlac congressman added that inquiry-based learning helps students develop intellectual skills and critical analysis, which are crucial abilities when entering the workforce.

Education reform is one of Teodoro’s platforms. The senatorial aspirant aims for quality education accessible to all, enriching the curriculum at all levels of education and providing more learning opportunities for Filipinos.

Tech-voc

Meanwhile, Senator Joel Villanueva is pushing for the institutionalization of technical and professional development, which is essential in the National Employment Recovery Strategy (NERS).

During his tenure as Chief Executive of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Villanueva issued the directive to renew National Certificates (NCs) every five years to ensure training and up-to-date improvement.

Villanueva visited the TESDA offices yesterday to mark Valentine’s Day with the renewal of his barista NC.

As chairman of the Senate Labor, Employment, and Human Resources Development Committee, Villanueva said his NC II renewal was a way for him to “follow the word” and highlight the importance of the tech-voc education for the country.

Villanueva said the TESDA NCs embody her re-election platform of employment opportunities and security.

“National qualifications create job opportunities and secure livelihoods. The promise of tech-voc education is the certainty of employability, and that is a promise that we in government should keep,” he said.

The senator said renewing his certificate was part of the ongoing effort to erase the social stigma against tech-voc courses.

Support growth

In another development, support for Sorsogon Governor Chiz Escudero’s bid to return to the Senate is growing as he landed second place in the latest nationwide Senate survey conducted by the Philippines-Mission and Development Foundation (RPMD).

Escudero jumped from fifth to second place in the latest national survey conducted by the RPMD last month, gaining 6.6 percentage points or 58.2%.

Escudero ranked fifth in a similar survey conducted by RPMD in November. In the foundation’s latest poll, nearly 60% of the 10,000 respondents chose her from pre-listed senatorial aspirants during a face-to-face interview Jan. 22-30.

The 2022 Halalan survey is an uncommissioned research conducted by RPMD which interviewed registered voters. It has a margin of error of plus/minus one percent, according to the research institute’s Dr. Paul Martinez.

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