The House Committee on Higher and Technical Education expressed commitment Thursday, January 21 to ensure annual appropriations for the training of more Filipino scientists and experts abroad.
The House panel, chaired by Baguio lone District Rep. Mark Go approved House Resolution No. 1380 seeking to allocate annual funding for the scholarship and training of Filipinos abroad.
It was Deputy Speaker and Sorsogon 1st District Rep. Evelina Escudero who moved for the approval of Nograles’ resolution.
In the two-page resolution, Nograles, a Harvard-trained lawyer, laments that the government currently lacks a coherent strategy on how to send Filipinos to study abroad in order to contribute to the country’s collective know-how.
“In order for the country to truly develop into upper-middle income country, the government should take the initiative and fund the foreign training of our Filipino graduates. This is because this foreign training is an investment in producing our own experts and towards the development of our economy,” he said.
Citing data from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), he said the number of Filipinos studying abroad had doubled in the last ten years, with more than 16,000 Filipino students enrolled in various foreign universities. “But, this number is a far cry when compared to our Southeast Asian neighbors which had been sending more than triple of its students for foreign studies.”
According to the vice chairperson of the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education, Vietnam had more than 60,000 students abroad in 2016.
He cited the need for the government to have a “coherent, fully-funded” international education strategy not only for the knowledge transfer, but also for the country to assert its independent foreign policy in the education sphere.
“While promoting scholarships and further studies abroad, the government must also ensure that the country shall benefit directly from these investments. The return service structures must be streamlined, rules and regulations on the implementation be progressive, and the conducive environment for further research be established,” the resolution read.