The Philippine Normal University conducted a four-day Teacher Quality and Quality Assurance Summit on January 27-30, 2020 at the Teachers’ Camp, Baguio City. The summit was attended by University and Campus officials, faculty members, administrative employees and selected student leaders representing PNU Manila and the four campuses, namely PNU North Luzon, PNU South Luzon, PNU Visayas, and PNU Mindanao.

Aptly anchored on the theme PNU as NCTE: Leading the Way to Teacher Quality, the summit aimed to situate the University vis-a-vis the expectations of the PPST and other international teacher quality standards in terms of curriculum, teacher training, and practices. It also aimed to develop a roadmap toward quality specific to developing a PNU Internal Quality Assurance System as a response to the QA Standards such as the Philippine Quality Award (PQA) and the ASEAN-QA in Teacher Education.

Day 1 was allotted for checking-in at the Teachers’ Camp and a short orientation program for the delegates. This culminated with a Fellowship Night, which included a production number and vocal solo competition from all PNU Campuses. Select faculty members and administrative staff showcased their talents and competed with one another in the spirit of camaraderie and friendship. PNU North Luzon performed a medley of Ilocano folksongs while Prof. Gineta sang Let It Go in the competition.

Day 2 opened with a crisp, sunny morning and a warm welcome from Baguio City Councilor Levy Lloyd B. Orcales. This was followed by the Keynote Address of Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei B. Nograles, who laid down the plans of the government in upholding teacher quality and the quality of education in the Philippines. As Plenary Speaker 1, DepEd Undersecretary Nepomuceno A. Malaluan talked about how in-service teachers can have access to quality training for their personal and professional development.

In the afternoon, Plenary Speaker 2, Dr. Gina O. Gonong, Director of the Research Center for Teacher Quality (RCTQ) discussed the PPST and presented some important data regarding their five-year research on pre-service teacher education. This was followed by a panel discussion on the theme Bridging the Gap: PNU’s Role in Raising Teacher Quality in the Country. The discussants were: 1) Dr. Jesus Lorenzo R. Mateo, DepEd Undersecretary fro Regional Operations; 2) Dr. Wilfredo E. Cabral, DepEd Region IV-A Director; 3) Dr. Runvi V. Manguerra, Director of the TEC Secretariat; and 4) Dr. Aldrin A. Darilag, CHED Commisioner. The speakers all laid out challenges for PNU to improve teacher quality in the country. In the midst of these presentations, Baguio City Mayor Benjamin D. Magalong made a surprise visit to the delegates and inspired the audience with his brand of leadership. Toward the end of Day 2, a workshop was conducted, which focused on Aligning the PNU System with National and International Standards in Teacher Education. The ensuing parallel discussion centered on crucial issues that were presented by the speakers, urgent issued that PNU shall respond to, and what PNU can do to address the issues affecting teacher quality.

The morning session for Day 3 was alloted for Plenary Session 3, which allowed the documenters to synthesize the results of the workshop and discussions from Day 2. A draft of the PNU Road Map toward Teacher Quality was also presented by the moderator. In the afternoon, Ms. Maria Renita C. Santo, Assessor of the Philippine Quality Award (PQA), led Plenary 4 by elaborating the PQA Education Criteria for Performance Excellence. Corally to the discussion of Ms. Santo, a parallel discussion and workshop on harmonization of the PNU processes, system, deliverables, and outputs with the requirements of different quality assurance standards followed. Day 3 concluded with a workshop on the development of an internal quality assurance system within PNU.

Day 4 opened with a special visit by Congressman Marques “Mark” Go, who also happened to be the Chairperson of the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education. He thanked the delegates for their service not only to PNU but also to the country and challenged the delegates to come up with innovative ways to address teacher quality in the Philippines. Afterward, Presidente Tuga, in his closing message, challenged everyone to work hard, to live up to the expectations, to prove that “we truly deserve the title as NCTE, hindi para magyabang kundi para mas maisulong natin ang mga program at adhikain na mag-aangat ng kalidad na ating mga guro, mga mag-aaral at paaralan para sa patuloy na pag-unlad ng ating bayan. Ngayon higit kailanman dapat nating maintindihan na tayo ay may malaking gampanin at responsibilidad sa bansang Pilipinas.”