A robust education sector for the Philippines consists of both relevant, effective, and viable private schools and quality public schools. While it is the government’s responsibility to provide free public education as a constitutional right, private educational institutions play a necessary complementary role for the country to achieve its education goals.

In Executive Order No. 156 that constituted the Fund for Assistance to Private Education (FAPE), a trust fund, and created the Private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC), trustee to manage the Fund, considerations were identified to guide decisions in granting funds to programs and projects of assistance to the private education sector, to wit: a. The project’s contribution to improvement in the quality of Philippine education; b. The project’s relation to a field of study or specialization of high priority for national growth; c. The significance of the contribution and potential contribution through the project, of the applying institution or association to educational needs in a specific geographic area or region in the Philippines; d. The amount of funds requested for the project as consistent with Fund assistance to as many institutions as possible; and an assessment of the institution’s or association’s past and current efforts to improve the quality of its education and that of its planning for the future.

The ASPIRE Program provides assistance to private educational associations in support of the following activities: Training and Professional Development; Public Policy Development and Advocacy; and Institutional Development.