Outreach Seminar for Basic Education Economics Teachers hosted by Ateneo

July 10, 2018
Dr. Cristina M. Bautisa and Jessalaine M. Bacani

Last June 23, 2018, around 60 Economics teachers from different high schools across Metro Manila gathered to participate in a seminar-workshop jointly organized by the Department of Economics of Ateneo de Manila University, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and the Philippine Economic Society (PES).
In her welcome remarks, Dr. Cristina M. Bautista, Chair of the Economics Department, expressed the desire to develop and offer a responsive and inclusive continuing economics education program for basic education teachers.  The key resource speaker, Usec. Rosemarie Edillon of NEDA, discussed the results the AmBisyon Natin 2040 national survey as a way of understanding the Filipinos’ aspiration for a “matatag, maginhawa at panatag na buhay”, and drawing implications from it. She also reiterated the value of economic and financial literacy as she concluded her lecture. Dr. Noel de Guzman, former chairman of the Ateneo Economics Department, delivered an engaging talk on the teaching and practice of economics. Dr. Majah-Leah Ravago, President of PES, introduced the Philippine Economic Society as she promoted its national and international economic conferences in November. In the afternoon, the participants had small group conversations about the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats they see in their respective economics programs. The session was facilitated by volunteer faculty and staff of the Ateneo Economics Department. The output is intended to help the organizers develop follow-up trainings. The event was held at Faber Hall 101, Ateneo de Manila University. The DepEd-NCR office assisted in disseminating the invitations to public school teachers.