Amidst the ongoing threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council of Economics Educators, Inc. (CECON), in partnership with Holy Cross of Davao College, conducted a virtual international forum to provide the needs of faculty teaching economics at both secondary and tertiary levels through enhancing their pedagogical skills last November 25 and 26, 2021. 

CECON, with the host institution, HCDC, held a 2-day online discussion of the 25th National Conference and 4th International Conference on Economics Education in Southeast Asian Nations (ICEE-SEAN), via Zoom, with the theme “CECON 25 Years in Economics Education: Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities in a Global Post-Pandemic Era.”

The said conference focused on providing the educators with an understanding of the consequences of COVID-19 on various sectors and education systems and possibilities in a global post-pandemic era.

The organization invited professionals and experienced speakers from reputable organizations and institutions in southeast asia to shed light on the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential for education policy to be more evidence-based, inclusive, responsive, and transparent.

These include speakers from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Education (DepEd), University of the Philippines in Los Baños (UPLB), World Bank and international lecturers from Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

Among the participating institutions include the University of Malaya in Malaysia; Adamson University, Manila; Bicol University, BLGU Sta. Rosa del Sur; Bohol Island State University – Bilar Campus; Bukidnon State University; Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges; Catanduanes State University; Central Bicol State University of Agriculture; Cor Jesu College, Inc. , Digos  City; De La Salle Lipa, Batangas; Department of Education – Matanao NHS, Davao del Sur; Department of Trade and Industry – South Cotabato; Hearthon Reloading Station, Camarines Sur; Holy Angel University, Pampanga; Holy Cross of Davao College, Davao City; Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College – Main Campus; Northern Negros State College of Science and Technology, Negros Occidental; Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Manila; Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa, Muntinlupa City; Pangasinan State University, Lingayen, Pangasinan; Pangasinan State University Lingayen Campus; Provincial Capitol of Camarines Sur; Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu; San Beda University Manila, Manila; University of Nueva Caceres, Camarines Sur; University of Saint Anthony, Camarines Sur; University of the Fraser Valley, Canada; and Center for Economics Education, REID Foundation.

CECON, which was established in 1997, aimed at meeting the requirements of educators teaching Economics at both the secondary and tertiary levels through strengthening their pedagogical skills by attending seminars, workshops, training, fora, and other relevant activities.