Convergys Philippines donates $5,000 to the Promoting English Proficiency (PEP) project

Convergys PhilippinesConvergys Philippines donates $5,000 to the Promoting English Proficiency (PEP) project to put up a Computerized English Language Center (CELC) at a college in Sta Rosa, Laguna, where the Convergys Nuvali office is also located. (In the photo, from left: Mr. Jun Salipsip, Executive Director of the AmCham Foundation; Mr. John Forbes, Co-Chair of PEP; Ms. Jan Maristell Liamson, PEP Project Director; and Mr. Aldrin Dulig, Convergys' Senior Director for Finance.)




Citigroup and AmCham sponsor English training in public high schools

Citigroup presents a $20,000 check to AmCham to set up three Computerized English Language CentersCitigroup presents a $20,000 check to AmCham to set up three Computerized English Language Centers (CELCs) to train public high school teachers and students in English. Present at the check turnover were Mr. Rob Sears, AmCham Foundation Treasurer; Mr. Sanjiv Vohra, Citi Country Officer and Amcham Vice President; Ms. Lilibeth Fajardo, Citigroup Country Corporate Affairs Director; Mr. John D. Forbes, Promoting English Proficiency (PEP) project Co-Chair; Ms. Bambina Buenaventura, Hopkins International Partners Director (authorized Philippine representative of Test of English for International Communication); Ms. Marife Zamora, AmCham Director and Country GM, Convergys Philippines and Ms. Marietta Umbay, PEP Project Director




SWS survey: Filipinos' proficiency in English shows "substantial recover"

Filipinos' self-assessed proficiency in the English language has recovered in the last two years after a decline over the previous twelve years, according to the April 2008 survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS). The SWS interviewed 1,200 respondents nationwide for the survey, which has a margin of error of +-3%.

The April 2008 results showed that, compared with the March 2006 results, more Filipinos rate themselves proficient in understanding spoken English; reading, writing, and speaking English; and thinking in English. Three-fourths of Filipino adults (76%) say they understand spoken English; 75% say they read English; three out of five (61%) say they write English; close to half (46%) say they speak English; about two-fifths (38%) say they think in English; while 8% say they are not competent in any way when it comes to the English language.

This is a recovery from the previous survey of March 2006, when about two-thirds of Filipino adults (65%) said they could understand spoken English; another 65% said they could read English; about half (48%) said they could write English; about a third (32%) said they could speak English; a fourth (27%) said they could think in English; while 14% said they were not competent in any way when it comes to the English language.

The Promoting English Proficiency (PEP) Project of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines (AmCham), the Makati Business Club (MBC) and SunMicrosystems Phils., Inc. commissioned the survey. PEP aims to develop a world-class Filipino workforce with English proficiency that meets high international standards.

"English means jobs," said Rick Santos, AmCham president. "We believe that there are great opportunities in business process outsourcing (BPO), IT-enabled services, software development, and tourism in the country."

English is also important for overseas Filipino workers, added John D. Forbes, PEP co-chair for AmCham. "There are 200,000 Filipinos working on ships around the world, and about a million Filipinos a year go abroad to find well-paying jobs and support their families back home," he said.

Philip Morris Philippines Manufacturing Inc. sponsored the latest survey, as it did the 2006 survey. Chris Nelson, managing director of Philip Morris Philippines, said his company funded the survey and made donations to PEP as part of its corporate social responsibility to help improve employment in the Philippines. He said, "We aim to improve the level of proficiency in English among teachers, graduating students, and the Filipino workforce to give them a better chance of employment and to maintain the country’s English-speaking labor force."

In 2005, the company started funding Computerized English Language Centers (CELCs) in three colleges in Batangas, the host province of its manufacturing facility and has been helping establish more CELCs all over the country since then. Each center is equipped with DynEd, an internationally acclaimed and award-winning multimedia learning solution which is used successfully by schools, companies, training organizations, and government agencies around the world.

The latest survey shows that more Filipinos rate their personal usage of the English language as "full use", "fair use", and "partial use" compared with the results in March 2006.

In April 2008, 8% of Filipino adults say they make "full use" of the English language; about two-fifths (39%) say they make "fair use" of the English language; about three out of ten (29%) say they make "partial use" of the English language; about a fifth (17%) say they make "almost no use" of the English language; while 8% say they are not competent in any way when it comes to the English language.

On the other hand, in March 2006, 5% of Filipino adults said they made "full use" of the English language; a third (35%) said they made "fair use" of the English language; a fourth (27%) said they made "partial use" of the English language; about a fifth (19%) said they made "almost no use" of the English language; while 14% said they were not competent in any way when it comes to the English language. "The recovery pattern persists across English-related factors of social class, education, and occupation", said SWS president Mahar Mangahas. "This recovery is clearly no accident."

Mangahas attributed the recovery to a greater awareness among Filipinos to improve their skills in written and spoken English. "This is a result of the movement by the people to develop themselves actively and not just be passive recipients of a program," he said. Ramon del Rosario Jr., MBC president, credited market forces, specifically in the BPO industry, for prodding Filipinos to boost their English competence. He said, "There has been a lot of talk about the difficulty in recruiting qualified employees because they lack proficiency in English." Statistics from the Business Processing Association of the Philippines and the Call Center Association of the Philippines show that out of every 100 call enter applicants, only five are hired because they have adequate English skills. Edilberto de Jesus, former secretary of the Department of Education, agreed that the improvement in how Filipinos rate their own English competence is market-driven. However, he found the survey results "surprising considering a turnaround in just two years." He expressed a cautious optimism: "Losing and gaining a language is not like turning a light switch off and on. Language improvement is a long-term project which requires sustained effort."

SWS, Philip Morris and PEP Press ConferencePanelists and guests of the press conference are (from left): Mr. Ramon del Rosario; Jr. (chairman, Makati Business Club); Dr. Edilberto de Jesus (former DepEd secretary); De. Mahar Mangahas (president and CEO, Social Weather Station); Ma. Jamea Garcia (executive director for Talent Development, Business Processing Association of the Philippines); Dr. Teresita Inciong (assistant secretary for projects, Department of Education); Mr. Rick Santos (president, American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines); Mr. Peter Perfecto (associate director, Philippine Business for Education); Mr. John D. Forbes (PEP Co-Chair for AmCham); Catherine Caspe (Program Manager, PEP); Mayet Umbay (Project Director, PEP).

Philip Morris Philippine Manufacturing, Inc. - Managing Director Mr. Chris Nelson, The The SWS survey was sponsored once again by Philip Morris Philippine Manufacturing, Inc. (PMPMI). Mr. Chris Nelson, Managing Director of PMPMI speaks to the media during the presscon.





UP Diliman Receives English Proficiency Training from UPS-PEP Project

Some of the nation's best and brightest students and teachers at the University of the Philippines in Diliman can now take advantage of an award-winning language courseware and an internationally recognized test as they work toward academic excellence. They received computer-assisted English proficiency training and testing program under the United Parcel Services-Promoting English Proficiency (UPS-PEP) project.

UPS is the world's largest package delivery company and a global leader in supply chain and freight services. The PEP project is an initiative of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines and the Makati Business Club. It aims to develop a world-class Filipino workforce with English proficiency that meets high international standards through a three-part program of advocacy, refresher training and certification:

  • PEP engages in an information, awareness, and advocacy campaign to highlight the critical importance of English language proficiency for the success of Filipino workers.
  • PEP emphasizes refresher and spoken English training for Filipino professional workers, students soon to enter the labor force, and teachers using a blended approach of classroom teaching and computer-aided instruction.
  • PEP promotes the certification of Filipinos using internationally recognized tests, such as the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC), and encourages employers to adopt higher standards of certification for the hiring and advancement of employees.

"This initiative is important because it's one way to raise the bar as far as English language and proficiency are concerned", says Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Jose Wendell P. Capili. "It's time we Filipinos regained our edge in English proficiency."

For Capili and his fellow teachers and school administrators, English communication skills are essential in and out of the ivory tower of academia. Sadly, a nationwide survey conducted by the Social Weather Station in 2006 showed that, compared to 1993 figures, fewer Filipinos understand spoken English, read, write, and speak English, and think in English.

A 2006 survey conducted by the Personnel Management Association of the Philippines confirms this fact. The survey showed that poor spoken English is one of the reasons many job applicants fail to make it past the initial interview. As a result, many entry-level positions in accounting and finance, sales, certain IT and engineering positions, and customer service go unfilled.

The UPS-PEP Project aims to improve English proficiency levels at UP Diliman by: providing 600 freshman and sophomore students with DynEd English Language Learning Solutions in a laboratory set-up; and certifying 50 teachers and graduate students using the TOEIC. Overall, the project covers five schools—two high schools and five state colleges—in Metro Manila: Las Piñas East High School, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa, Parañaque National High School, University of Makati, and UP Diliman. Its purpose is to train 2,000 students and 300 teachers.

DynEd courses have won an impressive list of over 40 major awards. They have been approved by Ministries of Education in several countries, including France, Turkey, and China. Schools, companies, training organizations, and government agencies around the world use these courses successfully.

TOEIC is an internationally recognized English language proficiency test taken by more than five million people worldwide every year. It measures the everyday English skills of people working in an international environment.

For further information:

  • To arrange an interview or to find out more about the UPS-PEP Project, contact Mayet Umbay, PEP Project Director, at 885 7867 ext. 326, (0922) 812 5829, and pep@sun.com.ph or you may visit the website at www.promote-english.org
  • To find out more about TOEIC, contact Hopkins International Partners Inc., TOEIC’s Philippine representative, at 895 9944, 896 5808, and info@toeic-phil.com. Their website is at www.toeic-phil.com.
  • To find out more about DynEd, contact Interactive Language Solutions Inc., DynEd’s Philippine representative, at 895 7647, 897 2160, and ils_management@yahoo.com or the visit the website at www.dyned.com.



PEP and Teledevelopment Services Partner to Arrest Decline of English Proficiency among Filipinos

AmCham member firm TDS, led by its President Jon Kaplan, will support AmCham's advocacy to enhance economic development and employment in the county through enhancing the English proficiency skills of the workforce. According to Kaplan, "We are excited about this project. We are hopeful and very positive that we can help improve the current state of English competence in the country and promote remedial English language training to better equip teachers and students entering the workforce".

Mr. Kaplan was joined by Robert Sears, AmCham Executive Director, and John Forbes, Co-Chair for PEP. Alberto Lim, Executive Director of the Makati Business Club, is also a signatory to the MOA.

PEP, since its launching in 2003, has implemented a three-part program of Advocacy, Certification and Training. It has established almost 50 Computerized English Language Centers (CELC) nationwide and certified more than 3,000 teachers and students. "With TDS as a partner, adds Mr. Forbes, "PEP's roster of certification tools and training components will be further enriched, thereby allowing PEP and TDS to jointly reach out to more schools and help provide language proficiency interventions to teachers and students. In addition, TDS is also willing to initiate research efforts on English language proficiency issues in the country and otherwise contribute significantly to the PEP advocacy campaign."

Under the MOA, TDS will provide certification and assessment of English proficiency using "ProSpeak", the first remotely-accessed fully automated English skills assessment tool in the Philippines, as well as its successful English language training programs as part of the partnership with the PEP project. To find more about their tools, visit their Philippine site at www.teledevelopment.com/PH.

"This partnership clearly shows that the state of English proficiency is a concern that has attracted the attention of the foreign business community. AmCham welcomes the contribution of the latest PEP partner Teledevelopment Services to meet the challenge of poor English proficiency among the country's youth" Mr. Sears remarked during the MOA signing event.



Community effort marks English proficiency campaign in Pangasinan

As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, Team Energy (formerly Mirant) Foundation has partnered with the Promoting English Proficiency (PEP) project of the American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and Makati Business Club (MBC) through a donation of 1 Million Pesos to implement English Language proficiency programs in two public high schools.

Team Energy's CSR initiatives have mainly sought to benefit the communities where they operate and this latest partnership with PEP is no exception. The foundation has donated a school building and Computerized English Language Center (CELC) to the first beneficiary, Pangascasan Integrated School in Sual, Pangasinan. The CELC houses 25 computers with English training software, which will support the PEP program while the school building will accommodate two to three grade levels.

Those who will benefit from the Team Energy-PEP program are public school teachers, as well as, high school students. Their English skills will be enhanced through a blended approach of computer-based learning using DynEd English training software and teacher facilitation.

On September 5, 2007, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed between Team Energy and the project proponents during the turnover ceremony of the newly-constructed school building.

The Sual undertaking is remarkable because the entire community is involved in ensuring that the program will succeed. This was apparent in the MOA signing, where Sual Mayor, Rodney Arcinue, barangay officials, the parent-teacher association, and the local government were united in their commitment to support the project.



Citigroup Donates to Promote English Proficiency Program for Metro Manila Schools

MANILA (7 February 2007) - Citigroup will help improve English skills among students and teachers in Metro Manila through a grant to the Promoting English Proficiency (PEP) project, an initiative founded by the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Inc. (AmCham) with the Makati Business Club and its expanding group of partners.

Citigroup and AmCham today signed a Memorandum of Agreement for the grant project, which will establish Computerized English Language Centers (CELCs) in two Metro Manila high schools to which Citigroup has previously donated computers.

Under the Citigroup-PEP program, the CELCs will be equipped with DynEd Interactive Language software licenses to train about 1,200 public high school students and teachers. DynEd International is the world's leading developer of English Language Learning solutions. The grant will also fund the production of posters to boost PEP's advocacy campaign.

Citigroup Country Officer Sanjiv Vohra, AmCham President Roger Dallas, and AmCham Foundation Treasurer Robert Sears signed the agreement.

Witnessing the signing were Lillibeth Fajardo, Citigroup Director for Country Corporate Affairs; Mai Gacilo-Sangalang, Citigroup Corporate Affairs Manager; John D. Forbes, PEP co-chair; Bambina Buenaventura, Interactive Language Solutions President (a PEP training partner); and Jo-Anne Loquellano, PEP Project Director.

"The PEP program perfectly complements Citigroup's goal of enhancing the Filipino youth's education and making them more competitive in the global workforce by increasing their English proficiency. We are happy and proud to be a partner of AMCHAM in this advocacy campaign," said Mr. Vohra.

A survey commissioned by PEP and conducted by the Social Weather Stations in March 2006 revealed an alarming deterioration of English skills in the Philippines since 1993. The largest deterioration was in the self-assessment of ability to speak English, which fell from 54% in September 2000 to 32% in March 2006, a deterioration of 41% in six years.

"This partnership enables PEP to extend its reach to earlier years and complements ongoing efforts to retrain teachers and college students," added Mr. Dallas.

The PEP project is dedicated to a world-class Filipino workforce with English proficiency meeting high international standards through a three-part program of advocacy, refresher training and certification. To date, PEP partners have established 25 CELCs throughout the country operating approximately 500 computers with DynEd software.



UPS Foundation Grants $50,000 to Promote English Proficiency in Public Schools

(24 January 2007) - UPS Philippines will help improve English skills among students and teachers in Metro Manila and Pampanga through a $50,000 grant to the Promoting English Proficiency (PEP) project, an initiative founded by the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Inc. (AmCham) with the Makati Business Club and its expanding group of partners.

The grant project, formalized today through a check turnover at the AmCham General Membership Meeting, will establish Computerized English Language Centers (CELCs) in five public colleges and high schools in Metro Manila and Pampanga.

UPS Supply Chain Solutions Country Manager Mark Khambatta and Country HR Manager Rolando Nierva presented the check to Roger Dallas, AmCham President, Robert Sears, AmCham Executive Director and AmCham Foundation Treasurer and Trustee, John D. Forbes, PEP co-chair for AmCham, and JoAnne Loquellano, PEP Project Director. Also present was Tom Brennan, Deputy Commercial Manager from the US Embassy.

Representing UPS were John Queng, Business Development Manager; SB Lim, Senior Finance Manager; Maya Guilatco, Assistant HR Manager; Vanessa Pascual, HR Manager Supply Chain Solutions; Evelyn Abreu, Ocean Freight Manager Supply Chain Solutions and Jonel Guittap, Marketing Supervisor.

"UPS firmly believes in giving back to the community where we work and live in. As we enter our centennial year, we will continue the legacy of helping the less fortunate in the Philippines. UPS is excited and looks forward to working with AmCham in fighting poverty and improving the competitiveness of the Filipino workforce," says Mr. Khambatta.

A survey commissioned by PEP and conducted by the Social Weather Stations in March 2006 revealed an alarming deterioration of English skills in the Philippines since 1993. The largest deterioration was in the self-assessment of ability to speak English, which fell from 54% in September 2000 to 32% in March 2006, a deterioration of 41% in six years.

"The lack of English skills has repeatedly been identified as a barrier to getting good jobs," related Roger Dallas, president of the American Chamber of Commerce. "This significant contribution by UPS to PEP will help meet the burgeoning demand for qualified Filipino workers in various industries," added John D. Forbes, PEP co-chair for AmCham.

Under the UPS-PEP Project, DynEd courseware, a software developed by DynEd International of California, the world's leading developer of English Language Learning solutions, will be installed in dedicated laboratories of 20 computers.

The CELCs will enable focused training for 2,000 graduating students in 2008 and teachers over one year in fields where English skills are considered important, such as Accounting and Financial Services, Health Services, Cyberservices and Tourism. About 8,000 undergraduate college and high school students will also benefit from presentation-style DynEd lessons.

The UPS-PEP Project also provides for 250 teachers and UPS volunteers to take the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC), an internationally-recognized certification standard used by employers in several countries to assess the English proficiency skills of their employees.

UPS' involvement is made possible through the auspices of the UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS. Since its inception, the Foundation has consistently supported its three main areas of focus: promoting volunteerism, combating hunger and reducing illiteracy.



Mindanao schools receive education support from USAID and the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines

Davao City - Two major universities in Mindanao were recently chosen to participate in an initiative to improve the English Language proficiency of teachers and students in tertiary schools. The University of Mindanao (UM) in Davao City, and the Notre Dame University (NDU) of Cotabato City, are pilot schools in Mindanao to benefit from a partnership between the Promoting English Proficiency (PEP) Project, an initiative spearheaded by the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Inc. (AmCham) and its expanding group of partners and USAID's Growth with Equity in Mindanao (GEM) Program.

The PEP-Mindanao Project utilizes a combined approach to proficiency training that includes classroom teaching and computer-aided instruction. As recipients of the project, UM and NDU students and faculty will benefit from the use of internationally-acclaimed instructional software called "DynEd English Language Multimedia Solutions" developed by DynEd International, a global company that develops technology-assisted English language training programs. The acquisition of improved English skills will be measured by the internationally accepted Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC), which is being used by employers in many countries to assess the English proficiency skills of their employees.

UM and NDU will work with PEP to establish Computerized English Language Centers (CELCs) in their respective schools. CELCs are equipped with computer work stations running the DynEd software. Placement tests will be conducted among the participants before and after the project to determine the extent to which English Language skills have improved.

Over the ten-month duration of the project, 20 DynEd trainers, 100 English teachers and instructors of other subjects taught in English, and close to 2,000 college students from several disciplines will receive English skills training.

To initiate the project, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed at the GEM Office in Davao City to formalize the PEP Project's implementation. Among the signatories to the MOA were: Michael Langsdorf, Deputy Program Manager, GEM; Robert Blume, Director, American Desk, AmCham; Corina Unson, Director, Interactive Language Solutions, Inc; Guillermo Torres, Jr., Chief Operating Officer, UM; and Dr. Oscar Kinazo, Assistant to the President, NDU.

Under the MOA, AmCham, through its PEP Project Secretariat, will oversee the overall implementation of the project and USAID's GEM Program will provide funding and monitoring assistance. Each university will assign a Project Coordinator and will dedicate at least 12 computers to be utilized for DynEd "hands-on" English training sessions. Both universities will also train selected public school teachers from schools that have received assistance from other GEM programs.

The project's implementation comes at an opportune time, when employers in both the public and private sectors are adopting higher standards in hiring, especially when evaluating the English proficiency of their future employees.

The PEP Project has established partnerships among corporations, business associations, educational institutions, non-government organizations, and government agencies committed to improve English proficiency levels across the country and is operating similar programs in Luzon and the Visayas.

AmCham Director Robert Blume believes this initiative will help to enhance the skills of the labor force in the country, especially in Mindanao.

"With the increasing demand for call centers and other IT-related services, and the jobs that such services create in the Philippines, it is important that the English Language skills of students are high enough to meet employers' needs," he said.

Aside from establishing CELCs and providing TOEIC certification, PEP includes information awareness programs and advocacy campaigns to highlight the critical importance of English language proficiency in the success of Filipino job seekers.



Students and Teachers in Sagay, Negros Occidental to Get English-Trained

(07 September 2006) - At least 500 students and teachers in Sagay City, Negros Occidental, will be trained in international business English over the next 12 months under a project initiated by the Promoting English Proficiency (PEP) project.

"Workers with good English skills are highly needed in today's globalized economy, and this project will help increase the employability of Sagay's future graduates," says PEP project Co-Chair John Forbes.

The project will create a Computerized English Language Center (CELC) at the Sagay National High School through DynEd Interactive Language software licenses sponsored by Philip Morris Manufacturing Philippines, Inc. (PMPMI) and the local government of Sagay City. DynEd International is the world's leading developer of English Language Teaching solutions.

An estimated 250 students and teachers from the school will be trained at the CELC during each of the two semesters covered by the project. In addition, the Department of Education (DepEd) Division in Sagay has committed to have their teachers undergo intensive English training at the CELC over the summer school break.

The Sagay CELC is the first of three to be set up with a $10,000 donation from PMPMI. The two others will be located in Cagayan de Oro and Cavite City. Last year, a $20,000 donation from PMPMI sponsored the creation of CELCs in three Batangas Colleges.

The Sagay CELC is also PEP's first CELC established with a counterpart financial contribution from the local government.

Negros Occidental Governor Joseph Marañon, who was present at the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement last September 7 in Sagay City, expressed interest in replicating the project in other parts of the province.

"We do hope that Governor Marañon sees the benefit of English training and supports the project's expansion throughout the province," says Mr. Forbes.

The PEP project is an initiative of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines and the Makati Business Club, with an expanding group of partners, that aims to develop a world-class workforce with English proficiency that meets the highest standards.

The survey was commission by the PEP project and the English is Cool campaign of the European Chamber of Commerce and EON The Stakeholder Relations Firm, and funded by PMPMI and the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce.



Project to Train Students and Teachers in Cagayan de Oro in Business English

CAGAYAN DE ORO (14 September 2006) - At least 500 students and teachers in Cagayan de Oro will be trained in international business English over the next 12 months under a project initiated by the Promoting English Proficiency (PEP) project, made possible by a grant from Philip Morris Manufacturing Philippines, Inc. (PMPMI).

A Memorandum of Agreement was signed today for the project, which will create a Computerized English Language Center (CELC) at the Mindanao Polytechnic State College (MPSC). The affair was graced by City Mayor Vicente Emano and Vice Mayor Michelle Tagarda-Spiers.

The CELC will be equipped with 15 DynEd Interactive Language software licenses, 10 of which are sponsored by PMPMI and 5 shouldered by the local city government. DynEd International is the world's leading developer of English Language Teaching solutions.

About 250 students and teachers from the school will be trained at the CELC during each of the two semesters covered by the project, including 10 scholars whom PMPMI will select from the city. The local government of Cagayan de Oro city will contribute P200,000 to cover incidental expenses related to the project.

"Workers with good English skills are highly needed in today's globalized economy, and this project will help increase the employability of Cagayan de Oro's future graduates," says Bambina Buenaventura, PEP Co-Founder and President of Interactive Language Solutions, a PEP training partner.

The MPSC CELC is one of three established in 2006 through PMPMI's support. Last week, a Memorandum of Agreement was signed for a CELC in Sagay City, Negros Occidental, and another will be set up in Cavite City later this year. In 2005, PMPMI sponsored the creation of two-year CELCs in three colleges in Batangas, the host province of its manufacturing facility.

"Through projects like this, we aim to improve the level of proficiency in English among teachers, graduating students, and the Filipino workforce to give them a better chance of employment and maintain the country's highly-skilled and English-speaking labor force," said PMPMI Managing Director Chris J. Nelson to an audience of graduating students, professors and media gathered at the signing ceremony in MPSC.

The PEP project is an initiative of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines and the Makati Business Club, with an expanding group of partners, that aims to develop a world-class workforce with English proficiency that meets the highest standards through a three-point program of advocacy, refresher training, and certification. To date, PEP already has 20 CELCs throughout the country.

According to a nationwide survey conducted by the Social Weather Station in March of this year, Filipinos are no longer as proficient in English as they seem. Based on the survey results, today

  • 65 percent of Filipinos understand spoken English compared to 74 percent in the year 1993
  • 65 percent read in English as against 73 percent in the year 1993
  • 48 percent write in English in contrast to 59 percent in the year 1993
  • 32 percent speak in English compared to 56 percent in the year 2000

The survey was commissioned by the PEP project and the English is Cool campaign of the European Chamber of Commerce and EON The Stakeholder Relations Firm, and funded by PMPMI and the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce.


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Convergys Philippines donates $5,000 to the Promoting English Proficiency (PEP) project

Citigroup and AmCham sponsor English training in public high schools

SWS survey: Filipinos' proficiency in English shows "substantial recover"

UP Diliman Receives English Proficiency Training from UPS-PEP Project
PEP and Teledevelopment Services Partner to Arrest Decline of English Proficiency among Filipinos
Community effort marks English proficiency campaign in Pangasinan
Citigroup Donates to Promote English Proficiency Program
for Metro Manila Schools
UPS Foundation Grants $50,000 to Promote English Proficiency in Public Schools
Mindanao schools receive education support from USAID and the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines
Students and Teachers in Sagay, Negros Occidental to Get English-Trained
Project to Train Students and Teachers in Cagayan de Oro in Business English