K to 12 R. A. 10533 and Relevant Education Policies


Title of Book:

K to 12 R. A. 10533 and Relevant Education Policies (About the Book), published by Vibal Professional Publishing imprint



Vibal Professional Publishing




Atty. Joseph Noel M. Estrada

Atty. Kristjan Vicente T. Gargantiel




By far, Joseph Noel M. Estrada is the youngest executive in a reputable educational institution and conglomerates of educational associations. Aside from being the Vice President for Administration and Assistant Corporate Secretary of the Emilio Aguinaldo College, where he is a professor of criminal law and constitutional law, he is the Executive Director of the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (COCOPEA), and the Philippine Association of Private Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAPSCU).


He is constantly the authoritative resource person of the House of Representatives, Department of Education, and Commission on Higher Education for their formulation and issuance of significant education bills, administrative orders and resolutions. He is a widely known lecturer on these laws.


A dynamic educator, corporate and labor lawyer, with an extensive knowledge and experience in litigation; he specializes on education laws, land titles and deeds, family law, political law, and labor and social legislation. His expertise made him a member of the Department of Labor and Employment’s Education Industry Tripartite Council for National Capital Region (NCR).


Atty. Estrada earned his degree in Political Science from the Colegio de San Juan de Letran, and Law from the University of Santo Tomas. He was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2005. A name partner at Gargantiel & Estrada, he is regarded as the Firm’s specialist on public affairs and communications.

About the Book

A complete framework on Republic Act No. 10533, otherwise known as Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013, this book provides, in a comparative manner, how this law affects previous education policies and laws pertaining to educational institutions and their academic personnel. It provides a panoramic view of the enhanced basic education system, from Kindergarten to Grade 12, and the emphasis of the State on its importance by making it compulsory. It also lays down a suitable guide for private educational institutions during the transition stage contemplated by this law.

As part of the technical working group that drafted the K to 12 bills, and a resource person at the K to 12 Steering Committee, Atty. Joseph Noel M. Estrada explains the legal implications, and transition issues and challenges of the K to 12 Program. On the other hand, Atty. Kristjan Vicente T. Gargantiel, a seasoned legal consultant of several Divisions of Schools of the Department of Education, provides invaluable inputs in the implementation of K to 12.

K to 12: R.A. No. 10533 and Relevant Education Policies is a rich source of fresh knowledge and analysis of education principles.


“The book is a complete resource book not only for school administrators and leaders but also to policy-shapers in education. With the long transition period towards the K to 12 Program, a lot of future laws and administrative rules and regulations will be grounded on RA No. 10533.”

—Hon. Roman T. Romulo, Congressman, Lone District, Pasig City

“The discussions in this book range from the core constitutional basis to its effect on private schools and partner institutions, to how it affects other already-enacted education policies and DepEd programs. Also outlined are professional and corporate concerns like transition plans for private institutions.”

—Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC, Secretary, Department of Education

“[This book] summarizes the status of law and its implications for stakeholders in twelve informative chapters. It is highly recommended for all interested in understanding the key concerns of basic educational reform in the Philippines today, and a must-read for educational administrators and advocates in the Philippines today, especially those needing to navigate the K to 12 transition. The latter will find the chapters on Teacher Qualifications and Hiring (Chapter X), E-GASTPE and Other Financial Arrangements (Chapter XI) and Transition of Private Institutional to K-12 (Chapter XII) particularly helpful.”

—Rev. Fr. Joel Tabora, SJ, President, Ateneo de Davao University Davao City


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