A Toast to the Longest Serving DepEd Executive and LCC Chairman

Dr. Ramon C. Bacani
Undersecretary, DepEd
Chairman, LCC

The Literacy Coordinating Council gave tribute to Usec. Ramon C. Bacani last July 27, 2010 at the Richmonde Hotel, Pasig City for his valuable contributions as Chaiman of the Council as well as his leadership in education.

The Literacy Coordinating Council members and secretariat have witnessed Usec Bacani’s dedicati0n to work, how, as chairperson of LCC, he shared his wisdom and made known his efforts and support in fulfilment of the goal of LCC, that of universalizing literacy throughout the country. As we gear towards our target of reducing illiteracy rate by 50 percent in 2015, we likewise honor the person who held this endeavor to heart.

His leaving the LCC family is both a heartwarming and sentimental falling apart. Heartwarming because even as he transfers home from DepEd to Innotech, we believe he takes this challenge as yet another opportunity to observe and serve; and sentimental because we would miss his constant proddings and motivation. But, as his transfer is a new journey to the same and constant call of improving the literacy conditions not only in the country but in Asia, we share in his excitement to oblige in that institution, which commences on August 1.

In appreciation of his service and thanksgiving for his presence at LCC, we give you a glimpse of the person of Ramon C. Bacani, Undersecretary for Regional Operations of the Department of Education and Chairman of the Literacy Coordinating Council, and incoming Director of SEAMEO INNOTECH.

Born in Sasmoan, Pampanga, Usec. Bacani as he is often called, is married to Marcelina Espinoza. Their union was blessed with three children – Ramon Miguel, Helena Christina, and Sarina Natividad.

Usec. Bacani finished his elementary and high school at Lourdes School of Quezon City and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management Engineering from De La Salle University (DLSU) in Manila. He also received a certificate in Development Economics from the University of the Philippines in 1974, and his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Massachusets Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management under a National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) scholarship.

Just recently, he was conferred Doctor of Education (Honoris causa) by the Western Mindanao State University in Zamboanga City on July 20, 2010.

Usec. Bacani’s first job was in the government sector. He became Staff Economist and Industry and Utilities Specialist in NEDA regional office in Davao City. He then became Staff Economist of the Regional Development Staff, heading the Macroeconomics Division in NEDA central office in Pasig City.

After NEDA, Usec. Bacani served the Department of Budget and Management as Director of Research Staff, Training and Information Service, Systems and Procedures Bureau, and Government Corporations Budget Bureau.

He also worked at the Department of Health and Hospitals, City of Boston, under the Boston Environmental Health Improvement Program.

He had short-term consultancy in World Bank projects; Asian Development Bank projects; United Nations Children’s Fund East Asia and Pacific Regional Office in Bangkok, Thailand; and United Nations Centre for Regional Development in Nagoya, Japan.

Usec. Bacani’s talent and skills in managing an institution did not go unnoticed when he was at the Department of Education. He served the agency in different capacities that made him one of DepEd’s most endeared high ranking officials. Before he was appointed undersecretary for regional operations, Usec. Bacani served as undersecretary for programs and projects; assistant secretary for planning, administration and human resources; deputy project director of the Third Elementary Education Project (TEEP); and chair of the steering committee for the implementation of the UNICEF-funded Country Programs for Children Education For All (CPC-EFA).

He had also been presiding officer in the board of trustees/regents of several state colleges and universities and project coordinator in the Second Elementary Education Project of the World Bank Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund.

Part of his duty as Undersecretary of DepEd was the chairmanship of the Literacy Coordinating Council starting in 2000. He has served the Council for 10 years, making him the longest-serving chairperson of the Council. He has accomplished much in contributing towards a literate Philippines with the literacy programs the Council pursues.

One of his major accomplishments as Council chairperson is the amendment of RA 7165 now known as RA 10122, strengthening the Literacy Coordinating Council with a provision to create a permanent Secretariat workforce to support the Council and doubling the budget of the Council from ten million pesos to twenty million.

But beyond the person that you see at DepEd and LCC is also a more laid-down creation with a heart for the Church and His people. He believes that the voluminous tasks at DepEd are balanced by the soul-inspiring and spirit-lifting work of serving God and His community. Usec. Bacani and his wife Madam Net are active members of Couples for Christ. He leads the Couples for Christ DepEd chapter. He always finds time to attend its regular meetings and special occasions which may be little in the eyes of humans but great before the eyes of the Almighty.

A toast for Usec. Bacani for the many fruitful years of service at DepEd and LCC, and as new Director of SEAMEO INNOTECH.


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