Zambales Rep. Mitos Magsaysay expressed elation over the results of a study conducted by GlobalEnglish Corporation ranking the Philippines first in terms of Business English Index (BEI), out of 76 countries surveyed worldwide and urged the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission of Higher Education (CHEd) to continue strengthening the foundations of the English subject in their curriculum.
“These results are proof that the Filipino competency is incomparable and speaking English proficiently is only just the tip of the iceberg for our talented workforce,” she said.
The results, Magsaysay said, could be a boon to the country’s potential as a site for more investments from multinational firms as the country is rich not only in competent English speakers but also and dedicated and skilled professionals.
Based on the study, the Philippines attained a score of 7.11 which “indicates an ability to take an active role in business discussions and perform relatively complex tasks,” as compared to more developed countries who scored below the intermediate level.
According to GlobalEnglish, lack of business English proficiency is threatening the productivity of companies, industries and country-specific economies this year which means that the result of the study is a positive indicator for the country’s potential to develop in the near future.
“That is why we need the help of the DepEd and CHEd to build strong foundations of learning for the English language so that we may not lose momentum and continue on this path of progress for our country,” she said. “Let us all remember that it all starts with great education.”#