USEP hailed for excellence in teacher education

Davao City-- Advocacy group Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) celebrated its partnership with the University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP), which continues its winning streak at the licensure examination for teachers.

A mixer at Seda Abreeza Hotel brought together 54 partners in the region, from STEP UP scholars and officials at the two USEP campuses, to leaders from the local Department of Education (DepEd).

“To-date, we have 128 STEP UP graduates from USEP, and a 99% passing rate in the licensure exams,” PBEd executive director Love Basillote shared. Eight out of STEP UP’s nine topnotchers graduated from USEP.

Scholars Jeffrey Zartiga and Kimberly Dodongan also talked about their experiences.

“STEP UP gave us many opportunities to be trained well, and really develop ourselves so we can be more than qualified to be future teachers,” Kim Dodongan, one of the topnotchers, shared.

In a greater effort to support the scholars in their bid for public school employment, PBEd also invited other local stakeholders such as DepEd Region XI and its division offices to the mixer.

“STEP UP has indeed chosen the best, and we are looking forward to having your scholars be teaching in our schools soon,” Regional Director Dr. Evelyn Fetalvero assured during her message.


Scholarships for Teacher Education Programs to Upgrade Teacher Quality in the Philippines (STEP UP) is a five-year scholarship campaign by PBEd, funded by the Australian Government. Since 2015, the program has graduated 850 scholars, with approximately a 99% passing rate for the Board Licensure Examination for Professional Teachers.

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