Philippines Country Report - Asia

Representative to ALIVE: Brian U. Bantilan, M.M
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In July and August 2023, LVE Philippines hosted two Online Distance Train-the-Educator Courses for a total of 90 Values Teachers and members of the Dept of Education. The success of these first-ever LVE online group two-day workshops was expressed in the following sample evaluations received from participants:




We have just had the most amazing experience with the first-ever online/Zoom meeting in the Philippines for the LVE Distance Train-the-Trainer. About 40 people attended, mostly drawn from the country's 23,000 Values school educators, several further such two-day events are booked for coming months.

The relatively new country LVE Focal Point, Brian Bantilan was responsible for organising the online event, the first of its kind in LVE's 20 years. The newly established LVE International Training Center will be responsible for coordinating future online events for the various LVE regions where time zones are convenient for participant attendance. 
Click here to download the DTTE Course #1 Evaluation Report gathered from participants shares their experience. 

April - Introducing Brian

Brian U. Bantilan hails from the Pearl of the Orient, known today as The Philippines in the Northern part of Mindanao. He was a former teacher at the Department of Education. He was designated as the school Guidance Counselor to which he was also affiliated with Save the Children, an Australian Funded NGO as the focal person in charge of the cases in OSAEC or Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children. Furthermore, he served as a member of Child Protection in the said school.

He is now connected with Philippine Science High School - Central Mindanao Campus, a Science Premier School in Asia, as a Values Education Teacher and the Man behind the creation of the first-ever Values Policy Committee in the entire Philippine Science High School System in the country in which he is the Committee Coordinator.

A Public Service Values (PIES) Advocate of the Civil Service Commission in the country, thus he gives webinars, workshops and, seminars about Public Service Values, Values Education Training, Life Coaching and Human Resource Development in the different Public Schools of the Department of Education, State College and National Government Agencies in the country.

A visionary servant that will revolutionize the Living Values Education in the educational system in the Philippines, transforming every school into a Values-based Atmosphere.


Foreword: The Pearl of the Orient, Embraces the precious Peal of the Living Values Education

ALIVE Philippines was re-established last January 2023 after the confirmation of the application of Brian Bantian as the Country Representative and Associate. The exchange of words and vision between Brian and Roger Miles, the Deputy President, ignites the flame of desire to introduce LVE in the Educational System in the country. I am pleased to share the development of ALIVE Philippines through its LVE Program.


February 2023

Letter of Introduction and Invitation was sent to the different Regional Offices of the Department of Education in the Country. Several days weeks later, responses were received happily endorsing the DFT - LVE Training to their Values Education Teachers or ESP (Education sa Pagpapakatao).


DFT LVE Orientation: Department of Education, Oriental Mindoro: February 25, 2023

The first ever DFT LVE was given to the teachers, School Principals, Public Schools Education Supervisor, District Coordinator, and Public Schools Superintendent of the Department of Education, Oriental Mindoro. Around 150 participated and attended the said orientation. The Country Representative and DFT LVE Course Administrator, Brian Bantilan, facilitated the event and were graced by the presence of Roger Miles, Deputy President and Distance Course Director, and Indu Gupta, Board of Director for India.

Succeeding weekends were maximized by the other regional offices of the Department of Education attending the DFT LVE Orientation from March to April 2023, respectively with a total of 456 participants.


March 2023: Educational Covenant with NEAP

With a Vision of revolutionizing the educational system of the country through LVE programs under the mandate of Republic Act 11476, also known as the Good Manners and Right Conduct (GMRC) and Values Education as core subjects in the K to 12 curriculum, Brian Bantilan the country representative to ALIVE attended the Department of Education 'National Educators' Academy of the Philippines (NEAP) that supervised the responsibility for the design, development, and delivery of professional development for teachers, school leaders, and other teaching-related personnel as one of the Training Service Provider and Partner of professional development programs and courses. After the said meeting, ALIVE was given a go signal to introduce LVE programs/training in the entire Values Education teachers in the country following the DepEd Order No. 001, s. 2020 also known as Guidelines for NEAP Recognition of Professional Development Programs and Courses for Teachers and School Leaders.



Memorandum of Understanding - ALIVE Phil & DepEd Calabarzon Region

ALIVE Phil and DepEd CALABARZON Region drafted the memorandum of understanding to introduce LVE programs to all the Values Education/ESP Teachers as part of Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao Capacity Training to enhance the GMRC program of K to 12 Curriculum and promote Values-based Atmosphere in the classroom. The official signing of the documents will be announced at a later date. 

April 2023 & Beyond: Looking Beyond the Horizon

  • 1st TTT's to the pioneer batch of ALVE DFT LVE Level 2 graduates.
  • Summer In-house LVE Orientation & Training around the country.
  • Application of ALAB Philippines (ALIVE) for Securities and Exchange Commission as Non-Profit Organization
  • Crafting of Memorandum of Understanding between ALIVE Phil and Department of Social Welfare and Development (Children in conflict with Laws, Trauma Survivor, Child Rehabilitation, etc.)
  • Crafting of Memorandum of Understanding between Save the Children Philippines and ALIVE Phil (Capacity Training of Save the Children focal persons and beneficiaries)
  • Crafting of Memorandum of Understanding between the Brotherhood of Christian Businessman and Professionals (Values in the Business World)
  • World Values Day Celebration:
    ~ International Values Based Atmosphere Forum (Hybrid)
    ~ Recognition and Awards to the Values Champion in different categories
    ~ Values Jam
    ~ Values Model School
  • Creation of Values Education Training Center in the Philippines in cooperation with the Department of Education - NEAP making ALIVE DFT LVE a required and CPD short course to Values Education Teachers. 


ALIVE DFT LVE Summary: One, Two, Three and counting...

Number of Participants:
LVE Orientation 520
Application 350
Level One Participants 54


Philippines Values-Based Atmosphere at a Glance"¦

Participants of LVE Level One already applied what they learned so far in the module in their different schools. The result were all extravagant. 



2005 July

Living Values Education Program was introduced in the Philippines in 1999, with the Philippine Montessori Center first implementing the program. The first LVEP Educator Training was conducted in November of the same year.

A new phase of Living Values Education began in 2003, with the collaborative effort of the Coalition for Better Education (CBE), the Archdiocese of Cebu through its Superintendent for Catholic Schools, the Institute for Peace and Values Centered Leadership (IPVCL), the Federation of PTAs of Cebu Catholic Schools (FPTACCS) and Brahma Kumaris. The partnership among these institutions has given birth to ALIVE, Advocates for Living Values Education, Inc. ALIVE is officially registered with Securities and Exchange Commission, Philippines. Their work is currently primarily centered in Cebu City, Southern Philippines. With the active cooperation, zeal, enthusiasm and interest of these organizers, a strong foundation of LVEP in Cebu City is established.

The ALIVE team has given many LVEP Educator Trainings, which are listed below. One outgrow of training about 400 practice teachers (4th year college students) of Cebu Normal University was that they organized themselves to conduct follow-ups and generate updates. They elected their own officers and called themselves ACTIVE, the Association of Concerned Teachers in Values Education, Cebu.

A Review - Facts and Figures
LVEP Educator Trainings

Dec. 16-18, 2003 Cebu Normal University 30 educators from 12 schools
May 20-22, 2004 University of Southern Philippines 29 educators from 10 schools
May 24-26, 2004 Ecotech Center, Lahug 20 trainees from 8 schools
June 2-4, 2004 Cebu Institute of Technology 62 high school teachers
June 19-21, 2004 Bantayan Southern Institute 43 teachers and women advocates of Womens Action Team, Bantayan Is.
October 26-28, 2004 University of Southern Philippines 79 elementary and high school teachers of Mabini and Lahug campuses
September 20, 2004, and November 2004 Cebu Institute of Technology 17 teachers of College of Arts and Sciences
December 13-15, 2004 University of San Carlos-Girls High School 44 high school teachers
Total number of participants is 324

Two LVEP Educator Trainings and one LVEP Train-the-Trainer Seminar were conducted by
LVE Country coordinator, Ms. Salud Idio and the LVEP Team from Manila.
Five LVEP Educator Trainings were facilitated by ALIVE.


Number of Sites Using Living Values Education
Total number of sites 17

LVEP Pilot Schools (4)

  1. Cebu Normal University
  2. University of San Carlos
  3. University of Southern Philippines
  4. Cebu Institute of Technology

Other Partner Schools

Private Schools (9)

  • Bantayan Southern Institute
  • Center for International Education
  • Colegio del Sto. Nino
  • College of Technological Sciences*
  • Saint Alphonsus Catholic School
  • St. Joseph Academy
  • University of Cebu*
  • University of San Jose Recoletos
  • University of the Visayas

Public Schools (4)

  • Abellana National School
  • Awihao National High-Toledo City
  • Cebu City National Science High School
  • Mandaue City Comprehensive National High School

Academe Community Based Trainings

June 16, 19, 26 and July 3, 2004 Cebu Normal University 308 student teachers SALVE 1
June 18, 2004 Cebu Normal University 53 caregivers of AMUMA Center
July 13, 2004 Port Coquitlam, Danao City 27 educators of CNU College of Teachers Education
Nov. 4-6, 2004 Cebu Normal University 311 student teachers SALVE 2
Nov. 3, 2004 St. Augustine International School-Mactan 15 student council officers (Self-Awareness Seminar)
November 20, 2004 Values Awareness on Responsibility 42+ Rotaract student leaders sponsored by the Rotary Port Center
November 27, 2004 Values Awareness-- Revisiting the Vision 17 Prosel Pharma Cebu administrative and sales staff
December 2, 9 and 10, 2004 Values Workshop for Professionals/ Organizations 108+ academic support staff of USC, at USC-GH
January 28 & February 5, 2005x Values Workshop for Professionals 45 academic support staff of CNU
Total number of participants is 926
All 12 separate workshops were conducted by ALIVE Trainers.


LVEP Parents Workshops

August 5, 2004 Cebu Institute of Technology 800+ 1st year HS parents
August 19, 2004 600+ 2nd year HS parents
August 20, 2004 500+ 3rd year HS parents
August 27, 2004 600+ 4th year HS students
Total number of participants was more than 2,500.
Facilitated by Mdmes Telly Ampatin and Delia A. Villacastin.


Living Values Education Activities

September 21, 2004 International Day of Peace, Parade and Program Fuente Osme Blvd., and Cebu Normal University
October 25, 2004 United Nations Day Program Ayala Center Activity Area
December 2, 2004 Pasko sa Plaza Program Plaza Independencia sponsored by the Cebu City Govt
January 20, 2005 Feeding body, mind and spirit CNU grounds in cooperation with CNU, RCCPC, Gochinghai Foundation & CNU Rotaract
Total number of participants and public viewers, approximately 8000.


Project for Creating a Value-Based Atmosphere

Values Boulevard

Along Osme Boulevard, Cebu City

  • Joint project with Cebu Normal University, University of Cebu and civic-minded souls.

Thrust for 2005

  1. To provide regular re-tooling living values activities which will enhance the professional capabilities and role modeling of members and institution with major focus on the four pilot schools.
  2. To create four Trainer Teams to handle LVEP orientation, LVEP Educator Training and parents workshops not only in Cebu but elsewhere.
  3. To organize strong support committees which will sustain membership involvement. (Fellowship, Continuing Education, Ways and Means).
  4. To generate resources to sustain the program.
  5. To organize a special one-day LVEP Seminar directed to key decision makers of schools, universities and institutions (e.g., superintendents, principals, administrators, etc.) for the advancement of values education in accordance with the worldwide LVEP.


Sister Erlinda Hisug, the General Councilor of the Oblates of Notre Dame reported in May of 2003 that LVEP was provided to children, youth and adults, in Tawi-Tawi, in the southern Philippines including community leaders, both Muslims and Christians. The primary values were given emphasis. For one whole year, the leaders conducted sessions every week, following the six-step framework. The leaders were grateful with the result. After one year, they requested another session on LVEP so that the values that initially were shared would be interiorized. Better understanding and friendship between the Muslims and Christians in this small island has been the most rewarding result of LVEP.

In the midst of uncertainty and scarcity,
was abundance of courage
and determination?
In the midst of peacelessnes and chaos,
was abounding love,
respect and appreciation,
I am peace
I am love

He made me in
His own image and likeness

I am His child.
He is Light
who dispels the darkness
and calls, There's a Better World!
The individuals of the world can and should unite for a better world.
Self transformation begins the process of world transformation.

The Legacy
you leave is the one you Live