Highlights and Takeaways

#YesToInclusion because #InclusionWorks!

Building on the momentum of the first part of the international summit held last February 2017, this second part aims to continue the dialogue in inclusive education and broaden its scope to address exclusion due to gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation and again, ability.

It is designed to serve as an open, participatory platform for all of us to share, collaborate, identify critical gaps in current practices and policies and co-create new ideas, approaches, methodologies and best practices. This multi-stakeholder approach and break-out session structure of the summit will enable and empower participants to engage in deep exploration and analysis of the issues confronting each marginalized sector and address cross cutting concerns in making inclusive education a reality.

  • Traditional special education solution, lack of unified strategy – and diverse understanding on inclusion concept
  • There is a little to no convergence of programs that could optimize use of resources to address education needs for all children
  • There are no clear processes for consolidating, learning from, sharing knowledge, and taking action on inclusive education
  • There are schools that are unsafe and inaccessible that further contribute to exclusion

  • Comprehensive Inclusive Education Act that encompass DepEd, TESDA, and CHED policies
  • Ordinances from local governments allocating support and funding for cross-sectoral support encompassing education-health-nutrition-protection concerns
  • A mandate from the President to all concerned agencies to support inclusive education.

  • To effectively integrate Inclusive Education in the Philippine Educational System
  • To increase enrollment of marginalized children in quality education and promote inclusion
  • To cultivate caring families, competent teachers and supportive administrators to implement a learner-centered, differentiated pedagogy
  • To promote safe and accessible learning environment for all learners

Among Our Key Speakers

Joy Belmonte

Vice Mayor

Quezon City

Dr. Marie Therese A.P. Bustos


UP Diliman, College of Education

Leonor Magtolis Briones


Department of Education

Dr. Patricia Licuanan


Commission on Higher Education (CHED)

Sec. Guiling A. Mamondiong

Director General

Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)

Dr. Lorna Dino

Undersecretary in Curriculum and Instruction

Department of Education

Hon. Al Francis Bichara

ULAP President

Hon. Sonny Angara


Hon. Alfred Vargas


Quezon City

Els Heijnen-Maathuis

Regional Education Adviser

Save the Children

Dr. Frances Stetson

President, Stetson and Associates Inc.

Expert consultant in all US Education Districts

Julia Rees

Deputy Country Representative

UNICEF Philippines

Hon. Amanda Gorely

Ambassador to the Philippines

Australian Embassy

Milalin Javellana

Program Director

Coffey International Development

Dr. Astrid Tuminez

Regional Director for Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs

Microsoft, South East Asia

Bai Rohaniza Sumnad

Founding President and Executive Director

Teach Peace, Build Peace Movement

Atoy Tugas

Mangyan Teacher

Batangan Mangyan Elementary School

Carolyn Dagani


Philippine Federation of the Deaf, Inc.

Hideko Miyagawa

Chief of Education

UNICEF Philippines

Tess Felipe

Education Officer

UNICEF Philippines

Jerome Zayas

Founder, Inclusive Development and Empowerment Agenda (IDEA)

Co-Founder, The Inclusion Initiave Inc. (IAMYOU)

Dr. Rex Bernardo

Professor – Mabini College

Consultant – BEST Program


Conference Themes:

  1. Community of Practice – Values, Curriculum and Instruction
  2. Standards for Safe and Accessible Schools
  3. Defining the Key Elements of a Comprehensive IE Bill
  4. Good Governance – Shared Leadership

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Takeaways - Summit Part 1


Conference Schedule

Day 1 – November 27 (Monday)




7:00 – 9:00 AM Registration  
9:00 – 9:30 AM Opening Ceremonies National Anthem & Ecumenical Prayer
Welcome Message Honorable Joy Belmonte

Vice Mayor, Quezon City

Message Dr. Therese Bustos

Dean, College of Education

UP, Diliman

9:30 – 10:00 PM Opening Remarks Ms. Julia Rees

Deputy Country Representative

UNICEF Philippines

Message Honorable Mat Gorely

Deputy Head of Mission Australian Embassy


10:00 – 10:20 AM Presentation

Dep Ed Inclusive Education Framework

Dr. Lorna Dino

DepEd Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction

10:20 – 11:20 AM

Panel Session 1

Initiatives towards Inclusive Education

Dep Ed Secretary Leonor Briones

ECCD Council Governing Board Hon. Teresita Inciong

TESDA Executive Director Elmer Talavera



Ms. Princess Habibah, Mr. George Lintag & Mrs. Celia Garcia

Moderators: Ms. Romina Bautista, CEU & Hideko Miyagawa, UNICEF Philippines

11:20 – 12:00 NN Q & A Moderated by Ms. Romina Bautista
12:00 – 1:30 PM


1:30 – 1:50 PM Keynote Address Els Heijnen-Maathuis

Regional Adviser in Education – Southeast Asia

Save the Children

1:50 – 2:20 PM

Video Presentations – Sharing of Practices

BEST Program, TTG Global EdTour
2:20 – 2:40 PM Break
2:40 – 3:00 PM

Moderated Q&A

Moderated by Ms. Romina Bautista
3:00 – 3:20 PM


Ms. Sabrina Ongkiko

Advocate and Public School Teacher of Culiat Elementary School

*Note: Schedules may vary.

Day 2 – November 28 (Tuesday)

Time Activity Speaker
9:00 – 9:20 AM

True Story:

The Stars are the Limit: Adventures from a Hut to Harvard

Dr. Astrid Tuminez

Regional Director, Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs of Microsoft Southeast Asia

9:20 – 9:40 AM

Keynote Address:

Policy and Practice in the US

Legacy of the IDEA Bill

Dr. Frances Stetson

President of Stetson & Associate, Inc. and Authored the first report to Congress regarding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

9:40 – 10:40 AM

Panel Session 2

Initiatives in Inclusive Education

Congressman Alfred Vargas

Congresswoman Divina Grace Yu

Congresswoman Jocelyn Sy  Limkaichong

Vice Mayor Naty Revil-Magbalon

Hon. Joaquin Emmanuel. Pimentel; Secretary General of Philippine Councilors League (PCL)

Reactors:  Mr. Noli Agcaoili, Dr. Frances Stetson & Roann Castañeda

Moderator: Mr. Jerome Zayas & Tess Felipe

10:40 – 11:00 AM Break
11:00 – 11:30 AM

Technology as an Enabler

Dr. Astrid Tuminez

Regional Director, Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs of Microsoft Southeast Asia


Mr. Thomas Ng

Founder of Genashtim Innovative Learning

11:30 – 12:00 NN

True Story:

The Deaf Adventurer

Ms. Carolyn Dagani

President of Philippine Federation of the Deaf, Inc.

12:00 – 12:30 PM

Q & A

Moderated by Emcee
12:30 – 2:00 PM Lunch/Exhibit Walkthrough
2:00 – 5:00 PM Parallel Sessions

*Note: Schedules may vary.

Day 3 – November 29 (Wednesday)

Time Activity Speaker
9:00 – 9:20 AM

True Story:

Pangarap ng Guro mas Mataas pa sa Bundok (IP)

Atoy I. Tugas

Mangyan Teacher, Buhid Tribe

9:20 – 9:40 AM

True Story:

Surviving Education in Conflict Areas

Bai Rohaniza Sumndad-Usman

Founding President and Executive Director

Teach Peace, Build Peace Movement

9:40 – 10:00 AM

Possib-ALL: How Australia Awards Scholarships provides endless possibilities through inclusive postgraduate education

Ms. Milalin Javellana

Program Director, Australia Awards by Coffey International Development

10:00 – 10:15 AM Break
10:15 – 10:40 AM

Presentation Break-out Summary Reports


Q & A

IAMYOU Practice Leaders
10:40 – 11:00 AM

Value of organizing CSOs – initiatives of the sectors towards Inclusive Education

Philippine Network for Inclusive Education Core Members led by Dr. Rex Bernardo
11:00 – 11:20 AM

Presentation: IAMYOU – The Inclusion Campaign

Action Project: KADLUAN

Jerome Zayas

Founder of Inclusive Development and Empowerment Agenda (IDEA)

Co-Founder of Inclusion Initiative

11:20 – 11:50 PM

Closing Remarks

Wrapping it up and What’s Next?

Dr. Therese Bustos

Dean of UP Diliman College of Education

11:50 – 1:30 PM

End of Conference

(served with packed lunch)

*Note: Schedules may vary.

Downloadable Resources


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

• What are the dates for the Part 2 of the International Summit in Inclusive Education?
The International Summit will start on November 27, 2017 (Monday) to November 29, 2017 (Wednesday).
• Where is the venue?

The International Summit will be held at UP Film Institute, University of the Philippines – Diliman, Quezon City.

You can view the map here.

• How much is the registration fee and what are the inclusions?
  • Educators (Principals, Teachers, Administrators, and Students) Php 5,850
  • Non-educators (Advocacy groups, NGOs, Foundation, Private Businesses) Php 6,500
  • International Delegate (Participants outside the Philippines) USD 150
  • Power Club member, PWD, Senior Citizen (Philippine delegates only) 20% discount on posted rates

Live-Out Registration fee inclusions:

  • Summit Kit
  • AM & PM Snacks
  • Lunch
  • Certificate
• Where can we send payments for the registration?

Kindly send your payments on the bank account specified below:

  • Bank Name: Banco De Oro
  • Account Name: The Teacher’s Gallery Inc.
  • Account Number: 000390429627
  • Swift / BIC Code: BNORPHMM
• Will there be discounts for group registrations?
Yes. A 5% discount is given to group registrations with atleast 10 participants, provided that all members will pay and register at the same time and the total amount is reflected on only one deposit slip/proof of payment.
• Is there a DepEd Advisory for this event?

Yes. You may download a copy here.

A separate DepEd Memo has been issued to the following divisions:

• Are you accepting paper presenters?
We are not accepting paper presenters for the International Summit – Part 2 since our breakout sessions will be more about sharing of initiatives and stories of success in Inclusive Education.
• What is the goal of this Summit?
The goal is to create a space for an open, participatory platform for all stakeholders to share, collaborate, identify critical gaps in current practices and policies and co-create new ideas, approaches, methodologies and best practices in making education accessible to all.
• What are the topics to be discussed?

Although the program design is still being finalized, the Part 2 will continue to discuss topics to push for Inclusive Education and to help the participants understand more its value through true-to-life storytelling and sharing of best practices.

This summit will discuss inclusive education on a more comprehensive scale addressing religion, gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexuality, and disability.

• What are the things to bring and dress code?

To ensure a fast and smooth transaction on the first day of the Summit, all participants are advised to bring the following:

  • printed copy of the acknowledgement letter with registration number (this is the number found on the upper right hand side of the letter).
  • proof of payment or deposit slip with printed name/s of the participant/s
  • valid ID
  • you may also bring umbrella, folding fan, and extra shirt for sudden change in weather condition and a water bottle for your convenience.

Smart casual is the dress code for the International Summit – Part 2.