Access to education sought for undocumented Pinoy kids in Borneo

Posted at 06/24/2014 1:51 PM | Updated as of 06/24/2014 1:55 PM

MANILA – The Malaysian government is considering the request of the Philippines in helping 30,000 undocumented Filipino children get access to education in North Borneo.

Vice President Jejomar Binay recently met with Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education Tan Sri Dato Muhyiddin bin Yassin and talked about further collaboration in trade, investment, and cooperation on the field of education between the two countries.

"I am hopeful the government of Malaysia will act favorably on our request to help in providing basic education for our undocumented children," Binay said.

In the meeting, Binay requested Malaysia's assistance in finding "creative and effective" means through the memorandum of understanding on Education to address the growing concern on the lack of access to education of undocumented children in North Borneo.

The Philippine embassy and the Filipino community in North Borneo are presently providing opportunities for the undocumented children to learn the basics of reading, writing and simple mathematics in alternative learning centers.

Binay was in Malaysia from June 17 to 19 to attend the inauguration of the World Scout Bureau offices in Kuala Lumpur, in his capacity as the National President of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines. The World Scout relocated its operational headquarters from Geneva to Kuala Lumpur.

During the visit, the Vice President also paid a courtesy call on Malaysian Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak.

He also met with the Filipino community in Kuala Lumpur and attended a breakfast meeting with Filipino businessmen at the Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral Hotel, where the newly-formed Filipino Businessmen and Professionals Caucus was launched.