English: fuel for growth
- Created: Wednesday, 11 September 2013 10:09
Jonathan Dyson reports from the Philippines on a comprehensive ELT programme in Cebu province.
A range of measures designed to lift standards of English are to be introduced in Cebu, one of the most important provinces in the Philippines, following the launch of a major project aimed at building on the region’s strong economic growth.
The country’s economic potential is beginning to be realised, with GDP up 7 per cent in 2012. Cebu has the fastest-growing economy nationally, with a range of sectors across manufacturing and services expanding rapidly, while its international port facilities have attracted multinational companies to open offices and factories in the province. Mega Cebu Vision 2050, which was launched at the end of March by the Metro Cebu Development and Coordinating Board (MCDCB), is designed to help metropolitan Cebu capitalise on its socio-economic development and tackle the challenges created by its rapid growth. The plan stresses the importance of