The Republic of the Philippines, through its Department of Education, will host the two annual conferences of Southeast Asian education ministers – the 45th SEAMEO Council Conference (SEAMEC) and 5th ASEAN Meeting of Ministers of Education (ASED) on 26-29 January 2010 at the Shangri-la Hotel, Cebu, the Philippines.

More than 200 participants from 19 countries – comprising education ministers, high-level government education officials, and representatives from international organizations – from the eleven SEAMEO Member States, Associate Members, Affiliate Members, and partners are expected to attend the Conferences.

Philippine President H E Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will grace the Opening Ceremony as the Guest of Honor on 27 January 2010.

The back-to-back conferences aim to foster stronger cooperation on education among Southeast Asian countries and beyond. High on the agenda are the ten collaborative projects of the SEAMEO Member States that aim at providing education to the underserved communities in the region, integration of climate change in the school curriculum, harmonization of higher education in Southeast Asia, building capacity on maximizing the use of language in teaching, integration of ICT in teaching and learning, and strengthening visibility of SEAMEO, among others.

Conference Dates

26-29 January 2010

Provisional Programme


Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa
Punta Engano Road,
Lapu-Lapu City 6015,
Cebu, Philippines

Tel : (63 2) 818-0952
Fax : (63 2) 814 2545
Email: lydi.pascua (at)


Delegates are requested to collect their name badges at the Registration Desk and Check-In Counter located at Jasmine Room of Shangri-la' Mactan Resort and Spa, Mactan, Cebu. Name badges must be worn and be visible at all times. These badges are required for entry into all venues and meeting areas.

Transport Services

Transportation will be provided for all delegates upon arrival and departure, and for all official functions.

Accommodation and arrangement flights

Important Note

The 5th ASEAN Education Ministers Meeting will be held back-to-back with this Conference.

For more information


Department of Education, Philippines

For Accommodation and Transport matters please contact:

Position: Project Development Officer III
Address: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Special Projects and Legislative Liaison, Rizal I Bldg.,
DepED Central Office, DepED Complex, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City, Philippines, 1600
Tel: (632) 633-1940/ (632) 633-7224 / (632) 637-5832/ (632) 637-5834
Fax: (632) 633-1940/ (632) 637-5832/ (632) 637-5834
Email: vnallano (at)

For Registration matters please contact:
Position: SEAMEO Affairs Officer
Address: DepED Central Office, DepED Complex, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City, Philippines, 1600
Tel: (632) 633-7216 Fax: (632) 638-8634
Email: rbmasapol (at), ico_seameo (at)

For Other matters please contact:
Name: Recaredo Borgonia
Position: Regional Director
Agency and Address: Department of Education, Lahug, Cebu City
Tel: +6332-2311-309, +6332 231-1433, +633 231-1309, +6332 414-7399, +6332 414-7325, +63918 9631671
Email: ro7 (at), recaredogborgonia (at)

The SEAMEO Secretariat

Mom Luang Pin Malakul Centenary Building 4th Floor,
920 Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey,
Prakanon Bangkok 10110 Thailand
Tel. 66 2 391-0144
Fax. 66 2 381-2587
E-mail : secretariat (at)

The previous SEAMEO Council Conferences

44th SEAMEO Council Conference

43rd SEAMEO Council Conference

42nd SEAMEO Council Conference

41st SEAMEO Council Conference

44th SEAMEO Council Conference endorses landmark resolutions to further strengthen cooperation in education

The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Council made significant decisions that did not only mark a milestone in its history, but also guaranteed stronger cooperation in education to truly provide Education for All in the region during its 44th Annual Conference hosted by Thailand on 5-8 April 2009 at the Sheraton Grande Laguna Hotel, Phuket, Thailand.

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The Ministry of Education, Malaysia, hosted the 43rd SEAMEO Council Conference in Kuala Lumpur, gathering all the education ministers and high officials of the 11 SEAMEO member states in the annual meeting that took up issues on access, equity and quality of education, among other education policies and initiatives. In coordination with the SEAMEO Secretariat, the 43rd SEAMEC was held on 13-14 March 2008 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. It was preceded by the ICT Conference and Exhibition on 10-12 March 2008 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The highlights of this year’s council conference are the signing of the renewed Agreement between SEAMEO and UNESCO, the Policy Forum led by MOE Malaysia that discussed “Bridging the Education Gap: Improving Access, Equity and Quality – Southeast Asia and Beyond,” and a discussion forum on the progress of Education for All in Southeast Asia.

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The 42nd SEAMEC was held from 13-15 March 2007 at the Westin Hotel Nusa Dua, with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono opening the conference with a keynote speech noting SEAMEO’s key role in supporting closer regional integration. The ministers proceeded to the Royal Pita Maha in Ubud on 16 March for the 2nd ASED, a conference jointly organized by the SEAMEO and ASEAN.

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