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With the implementation of the K-12 program, the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) will have older lieutenants and shorter terms for senior military officers due to mandatory age of retirement. Philstar.com/File photo

The Philippine Military Academy (PMA) will have older batch of graduates as lieutenants and shorter terms for senior military officers once the K-12 program of the Department of Education (DepEd) takes effect.

Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Hernando Iriberri said that while there will be no vacuum in the PMA with the implementation of the K-12 program; it will affect the academy in a way.

Iriberri, who was here in Zamboanga City, his first out of town visit outside Metro Manila, said the first effect will be on the graduates of the PMA.

“If that (K-12) will be implemented, we will have older graduates because based on the law, those who will join the PMA are high school graduates,” Iriberri said. “There will be additional two years so the aspiring cadets will be 18 years old.”

He said there will be a minimal effect if cadets joining the PMA are 18 years old at that time.

“Kaya nga lang tatanda ‘yong ating mga kadete at tenyente and later on ang effect niyan sa shorter term ng mga officers or early retirement (because of the mandatory age of retirement),” Iriberri said.

 

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Mission: The pilot project supports dualized approaches to vocational education and training and therby contributes to an increase in employment and income of youth and their families; and to meeting the needs of companies for well qualified staff at mid to high skills levels.

Vision: An industry-driven dual training system that generates excellent skills and knowledge to build a competent workforce for globally competitive businesses in the Philippines. This will be achieved by strengthening private sector participation in vocational education and training, as well as in policy dialogue. The K-12 PLUS project shall sustainably improve practice-orientation and orientation of vocational education and training towards the needs of industry by anchoring dual approaches in the context of the “K to 12” reform. The project will not only focus on the vocational orientation and education in Grades 11 and 12, but also on the subsequent further education and training in view of a holistic and ladderized vocational qualification. Apart from improving the vocational education and training offer in selected Clusters on implementation level, the project aims at strengthening the role of private sector in the Philippine vocational education and training system overall, at targeted image improvement of vocational education and training, as well as at anchoring the piloted reform approaches in relevant legislation and regulation at system level.

 

TECH VOC SCHOOLS

If you are interested for your Technical Vocational School to be part of  the K-12 PLUS Pilot Project, or if you would like to learn more about the Dual Training System please contact Kristinna Palomo, Project Officer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

As part of the continuous preparations for the full implementation of the K to 12 program, the Department of Education (DepEd) released the initial list of Senior High Schools (SHS) online, comprised of DepEd and non-DepEd schools, higher education institutions (HEIs), technical vocational institutions (TVIs), state universities and colleges (SUCs).

DepEd Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC said that “the 2014 and 2015 budgets already have allocations for 30,000 classrooms for SHS.” He also mentioned that the initial target for the proposed 2016 budget, which is subject for approval, is over 20,000 classrooms for SHS. The government shall further allocate investments for SHS.

The partial list shows 3,839 public schools that were submitted to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for funding and to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for bidding and construction. Also included is the initial list of the 1,866 non-DepEd schools, which include private schools, HEIS, TVIs, LUCs, and SUCs that have been cleared to offer SHS come June 2016. There are still applications being processed.

You may acces the list at this link: http://www.gov.ph/2015/05/12/partial-list-of-schools-that-offer-senior-high-school/

BUSINESSES

If you are interested for your place of business to be part of  the K-12 PLUS Pilot Project, please contact Kristinna Palomo, Project Officer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For your information, the Employee Confederation of the Philippines (ECoP) invited Dr. Isagani Cruz, former Usec, DepEd, for a special session on "K to 12: Challenges and Opportunities for Employers" during the 36th National Conference of Employers. This is in ECoP's call on the government to “[e]nhance employability of the labor force” including the cultivation of “greater cooperation among stakeholders to achieve the objectives of the K to 12 Basic Education Program.” The presentation may be downloaded at http://kto12plusphilippines.com/2015/05/14/national-conference-of-employers-15-may-2016/.