PHILIPPINE SCHOOLS OVERSEAS (PSO)
Philippine Schools Overseas (PSOs) are duly-registered educational institutions operating outside the Philippines and implementing the basic education curriculum of the Department of Education (DepEd). PSOs are established to address the educational needs of children of Filipinos overseas, and eventually facilitate their reintegration into the Philippine educational system. The schools also provide a venue for the teaching and propagation of the Filipino culture and heritage among Filipino youth overseas, and serve as a locus for Filipino community activity.
The Inter-Agency Committee on Philippine Schools Overseas (IACPSO) was established through Executive Order No. 252 to serve as the policy-making body and forum for discussion and 14 CFOPRIMER resolution of issues concerning the establishment, operation and management of PSOs. Composed of five (5) member-agencies, the Committee is co-chaired by the DepEd and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). Other members are the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and the CFO, which also serves as the Committee Secretariat.
As of 2016, there are 41 PSOs operating in 10 countries with an estimated 33,000 students currently enrolled, from pre-elementary, elementary, and high school levels.