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Coalition for Better Education: Creating Empowered Learning Communities

CBE Forum (2)

Did you know that there are around 40,000 elementary schools and 7,000 high schools in the Philippines? And about 95% of the total 47,000 are public schools. It’s a huge number, right?

That’s the main reason why the Coalition for Better Education (CBE) focuses on public schools for its education development advocacies, because they “believe in the power in numbers” – according to CBE National President and One Meralco Foundation President Mr. Jeffrey O. Tarayao, together with Ms. Marilou C. Flores, during CBE Blogger’s Forum last June 20,2015.

Let’s Get to Know CBE

CBE  Mr. Jeffrey O. Tarayao and Ms. Marilou C. Flores

The Coalition for Better Education is a national organization based in Cebu, which focuses on education development in the Philippines. Founded in 2001, they will be celebrating their 14th year Foundation Day on August 8th, with the theme: “Imagine, Innovate, Inspire”.

CBE Programs

In its mission to create empowered learning communities, they conduct training and development programs as follows:

CBE Forum

  • Degree and Certificate Programs:

    1. Master of Arts in Instructional Design & Technology
    2. NCII Certification: Housekeeping, Bartending, Commercial Cooking, Bread and Pastry, Front Office Service, and Food & Beverage Service

  • Short-term Enhancement Programs:

    1. ICT Integration with PBL Approaches
    2. Education Leadership in the 21st Century
    3. ICT Applications for 21st Century Learning
    4. Authentic Assessment
    5. Play for K to 3

CBE Pillars

  • Shared Governance – iNCUBE, Global Filipino Schools
  • Research, Training, and Development – Center for Teacher Excellence, Global Filipino Teachers Program, Monitoring Evaluation
  • Advocacy – Support for K to 12, Education for All, 10-Point Philippine Education Agenda
  • Institutional Development

Energy Flashcards

One of the highlights of the forum was presenting their newest project with Meralco’s Energy Education Program, the Energy Flash Cards, which will be used by public schools across the country. These are Project-Based Learning (PBL) Do-Cards activities meant to be used in times of disaster.

CBE Energy Flashcards

With the aim of educating people on energy, 37 public school teachers made 350 different energy flashcards in 5 days. Though CBE is not asking DepEd to implement these as school requirements, Mr. Tarayao said that they will push for its usage.

The Energy Flashcards will be launched this August and be distributed to some public schools. Also, these will be offered online and be made available for download at

CBE Partners

CBE partners with big organizations and companies in realizing its mission to help our teachers. These include Aboitiz Foundation, RAFI, DepEd, Microsoft Partners in Learning, PBSP, VECO, One Meralco Foundation, RP Energy, Globe, Unionbank, BCPD, City Savings, and JP Morgan Chase & Co.

CBE Forum - PIA

CBE is a membership organizition (Php300/year) which is open for all and needs more members from the media sector. For details, please contact:

Coalition for Better Education
Center for Teachers Excellence (CefTEx)
G/F Arts & Science Bldg., Cebu Normal University Campus
Tel. no. 032-4164625 to 26

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  • Reply Pam / Hey, Miss Adventures!

    Wow. I particularly love their Energy Flashcards program – I think students and even the adults should be proactive in taking care of the environment. Read: "More tree planting activities, please!" Obviously, we are the ones who suffer from the things we do to nature so we should be the ones to take action first into changing our ways.

    June 30, 2015 at 2:55 am
  • Reply Rowena Wendy Lei

    I'm all for Meralco's Energy Education Program! I hope they will be able to find a way to disseminate the information effectively.

    June 30, 2015 at 7:45 am
  • Reply Nicole Paler

    I am especially enthusiastic about the degree and certificate programs.. 🙂 I think this is will be a great improvement to our education system here in the philippines.. More power to CBE 🙂

    June 30, 2015 at 7:47 am
  • Reply cash-on-delivery-online-purchase-lazada-delivers-to-your-doorsteps

    Super nice to know there are advocacy groups on education. Product of public school, myself. It is good that they are still being improved for the next set of students

    July 1, 2015 at 10:45 am
  • Reply MrsMartinez |

    This is something new. I hope this project will prosper.


    July 1, 2015 at 8:45 pm
  • Reply ayeeesha

    Good to know there are advocacy programs like this 🙂

    July 4, 2015 at 12:39 pm
  • Reply May Palacpac

    It's my first time to have heard of this. My mom was an educator but this is way past her time na. 🙂 Yeah, sana our public school system will improve na rin bec of this advocacy

    July 4, 2015 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply Mamanee San Luis

    This is an awesome contribution to the public school system! kudos to Meralco for always helping out.

    July 6, 2015 at 1:12 am
  • Reply Balot

    More power CBE for helping the Philippine's educational system improve.

    July 6, 2015 at 2:42 am
  • Reply Anna Plaida

    Hope this one works and more people to be informed about this program 🙂

    July 6, 2015 at 3:21 am
  • Reply littlemrsclarey

    This is my first time to hear about this. Good to know that there are organizations like this helping to promote and make education better here in the Phils.

    July 6, 2015 at 5:00 am
  • Reply cheragiles

    I believe that education is the best equalizer. Kudos to the organizers of CBE for aiming to improve the quality of education in the Philippines!

    July 6, 2015 at 11:41 am
  • Reply nanaystrip

    Our public education system needs all the help it can get from foundations, private institutions and organizations like CBE. On the other hand, the fact remains that education should be the government's top priority and responsibility. More budget should be given to education and teachers' welfare should be prioritized. Thanks for sharing the core programs and advocacy of CBE. More power!

    July 6, 2015 at 11:49 pm
  • Reply Rhoda Fajardo

    I really hope this project succeeds because I've graduated in a Public School in highschool before I went to college in Mapua. From my personal experience, public schools really suck and the students have difficulty in learning. It's really great to know that you are supporting this cause. More power to CBE.

    July 9, 2015 at 6:48 am
  • Reply Rhoda Fajardo

    I really hope this project succeeds because I've graduated in a Public School in highschool before I went to college in Mapua. From my personal experience, public schools really suck and the students have difficulty in learning. It's really great to know that you are supporting this cause. More power to CBE.

    July 9, 2015 at 6:49 am
  • Reply Mommy Roxi

    What a great advocacy! They should push this in our city, Valenzuela. The schools here are really gearing up for better education.

    July 12, 2015 at 4:45 am
  • Reply Shalene Salvatierra

    I'm interested in their certificate programs! Learning is an unending cycle, even after kids and stuff.

    July 16, 2015 at 4:25 am
  • Reply Lanie Lluch

    This is a nice program to improve the teachers. Wth the k-12 program, I noticed my kids are struggling a bit and I think it will be a game changer if the teachers will be able to improve on the way they teach the new curriculum.

    July 20, 2015 at 12:13 am
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