Last September 11-12, 2018, educators from the University of Santo Tomas joined representatives from the University of the Philippines, De La Salle University, Ateneo de Manila University, and the Philippine Normal University for a workshop on the proposed Program for Inclusive and Innovative Master Educators (PRIME), whose main beneficiaries are teachers from the peripheries.

Representing the University of Santo Tomas were former Department of Education Secretary Fe Hidalgo, PhD, who is now the Program Lead for Education at the Graduate School; Assoc. Prof. Jocelyn F. Agcaoili, MSPT, MHPEd, Director of the Center for Continuing Professional Education and Development; Assoc. Prof. Andres Julio V. Santiago, Jr., PhD, Chair of the Department of Teacher Education of the College of Education, and Asst. Prof. Bernard Saldivar, MA and Asst. Prof. Carmina S. Vicente, from the Elementary Education unit of the College of Education.

UST was assigned to lead in designing the course “Education Technology and Innovation at the Edges.”

The workshop took place at the Eugenio Lopez Center in Antipolo and was facilitated by Rev. Fr. Johnny Go, S.J. Among the plans is for the program to help teachers earn Continuing Professional Development (CPD) units recognized by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and to also earn credit units for Master’s in Education programs in the participating universities.

The initiative came from Knowledge Channel, led by Ms. Rina Lopez-Bautista, who wanted to ensure that teachers in the neediest places receive training. She was joined by her team, composed of Edric Calma, Carlo Fernando, Marianne Laron, Ash Gonzales, and Karol Mark Yee.

Credit is given to Rev. Fr. Johnny Go, S.J., who first reported this in a post on

Credit is also given to Assoc. Prof. Jocelyn F. Agcaoili for the photographs.