Basa Pilipinas (Read Philippines)

Basa Pilipinas (Read Philippines)

Basa Pilipinas is USAID/Philippines’ flagship basic education project in support of the Philippine Government’s early grade reading program. Implemented in close collaboration with the Department of Education (DepEd), Basa Pilipinas aims to improve the reading skills for at least one million early grade students in Filipino, English and selected mother tongues. This will be achieved by improving reading instruction, reading delivery systems, and access to quality reading materials. The project commenced in January 2013 and will be implemented for four years (2013-2016).

In its first year of implementation, Basa Pilipinas is focusing its activities in two DepEd divisions in the provinces of La Union and Cebu. Three hundred sixty (360) master trainers from both divisions were trained between June and July 2013 on key competencies outlined under the content standards in the K to 12 Integrated Language Arts Curriculum. These master trainers then led the mass teacher trainings for 5,100 grades 1 and 2 teachers and school heads in La Union and Cebu held between July and September 2013.

Basa Pilipinas is also providing technical assistance to DepEd in the development of valid and reliable early grade reading standards. The project increases advocacy for early grade reading at the national level by coordinating efforts with private sector partners and developing a unified plan for a national reading campaign. In close coordination with DepEd, Basa Pilipinas provides teaching and learning resource materials and secures formal partnership commitments from Brothers Brother Foundation, Petron Foundation and National Bookstore Foundation in the acquisition and distribution of reading materials in project sites.

To improve the reading skills for at least one million early grade students in Filipino, English and selected mother tongues.


  • Improve reading instruction
  • Improve reading delivery systems
  • Improve access to quality reading materials

Region 1:

  • Ilocos Norte Province
  • Ilocos Sur Province
  • La Union Province

Region VII:

  • Cebu Province
  • Bohol Province 

Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao:

  • Maguindanao Province


Contact Information

Lee Marshall
Deputy Director
Office of Education
U.S. Agency for International Development
Annex 2 Building, U.S. Embassy
1201 Roxas Boulevard 1000
Ermita, Manila

Implementing Partner:
Education Development Center, Inc. in cooperation with Save the Children, Seameo Innotech and Philippine Business for Social Progress

Last updated: May 02, 2014

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