Partnership Organizations

Project partners in the Philippines include among others the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI),Philippine Business for Education (PBEd), industry associations and enterprises.The Private Sector, Business Chambers, Associations and Enterprises play crucial roles. Their involvement includes setting competency standards; providing training space for actual apprenticeships and competency assessment and certification.

The Philippine Department of Education (DepEd) will be of particular importance. The Ministry is responsible for the “K to 12” reform. Cooperation with the Philippine national vocational agency TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority) will be vital as TESDA is among others responsible for Certification of vocational education and further training program contents, the reform of the apprenticeship program and the participation of industry/enterprises in technical trainings. With the K to 12 reform, TESDA is mandated to design the dualized system in the area of accreditation of vocational education in secondary high schools and of cooperative training with participating enterprises and training providers.

German project partners are AFOS Foundation for Entrepreneurial Development Cooperation (founded by the members of the Federation of Catholic Entrepreneurs - BKU), DEG - Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (member of KfW Group), the German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GPCCI - member of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (German International Cooperation - GIZ) the Sparkassenstiftung für internationale Kooperation (Savings Banks Foundation for International Cooperation - SBFIC), sequa, and the Zentralverband des deutschen Handwerks (ZDH - German Confederation of Skilled Crafts).

The sequa gGmbH is the overall coordinating body for the joint project. sequa is a non-profit development organisation, promoting the development of the private sector and its business membership organisations as well as vocational education and training. sequa’s shareholders are Germany’s top business membership organizations (DHK, ZDH, BDA, BDI) and GIZ.  




 Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft


Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (German International Cooperation)


BKU/AFOs is a voluntary association of catholic entrepreneurs and economic active individuals. Legally, it is a registered non for profit association based in Cologne. Currently it has 1300 members. Project management of BKU initiatives is delegated to the non for profit AFOS Foundation. The AFOS Foundation was founded in 2003 by members of BKU to implement development cooperation projects. BKU office bearers are active in the AFOS Foundation structures. BKU/AFOS will implement in particular measures in the region of Cebu in cooperation with the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI).

As part of KfW Group, DEG finances and advises private enterprises that invest in developing and emerging countries for more than 50 years.To this end, it provides long-term capital and provides support to the enterprises. DEG promotes entrepreneurial initiatives, in order to contribute to sustainable growth and improved livelihoods of the people in host countries. DEG will engage in particular in the area of financing vocational education and training, and advising on financial instruments and related concepts. 

GIZ is a leading service provider internationally in international cooperation for sustainable development. It is present in more than 130 countries, with more than 13.000 staff. Most important client is the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). In this joint project, GIZ will work in particular on the System Level for embedding dual(ized) approaches and advising policy actors.
Sparkassenstiftung für international Kooperation e.V. 


DIHK/GPCCI (German Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry) 

Philippine Business for Education (PBEd)

PCCI- The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry

With more than 3,6 Mio. enterprises organized in Chambers of Commerce and Industry, DIHK is the voice of German business and its representative. DIHK project implementation in the Philippines will be managed directly by the German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GPCCI). Founded in 2008, GPCCI is a young bilateral Chamber of Commerce and Industry. It will soon receive the official status as “AHK”. Since its foundation, membership has increased from 38 (2008) to 181 (2013). Within the context of this project, GPCCI will specifically be in charge of the Clusters in the Manila region including the involvement of German enterprises on site, advising Philippine chambers and associations and the certification of qualifications.

PBEd has been working with the government and technical training institutes to craft a program called Philippine Social Pact (PACT), a public-private partnership for development between and among government, private sector, and technical education providers. Under this multisectoral social consortium, the private sector agrees to create jobs for unemployed youth with little or no training. The youth will be taken in under a training-cum-employment program with support from the government. The private sector will likewise assist technical training institutes to revise or improve their curricula to address the needs of industry and to make the youth more competitive.


PCCI is the main partner on the Philippine side for the Project that is funded by the German Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ). PCCI is the national umbrella association of regional and local Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the Philippines. The Chamber was founded in 1978. It represents Philippine business community and promotes competitiveness of Philippine enterprises in partnership with Government, the local chambers and other business organisations. PCCI currently lists approx. 35.000 members. These are distributed country-wide across more than 100 local and regional chambers. PCCI will act as direct Counterpart to the project and has offered to provide the project office in its facilities. In 2012, PCCI identified new areas for initiatives, which are identical with the focal areas of the Project, i.e. Agribusiness, Tourism.

Savings Banks Foundation for International Cooperation – SBFIC 

     sequa gGmbH

ZDH – Zentralverband des deutschen Handwerks e.V. (German Confederation of Skilled Crafts) 

SBFIC  is a joint organization of the Savings Bank Financial Group. It extends the social mandate of the Savings Banks to projects in developing and emerging countries. SBFIC is a development cooperation organization with its own Training and Consulting projects, and currently approximately 150 staff in 30 countries. In the project, SBFIC will primarily be in charge of developing and implementing a cluster for commercial qualifications in the Microfinance / Finance sectors. This will likely to be located in Laguna.

sequa combines know how and the networks of German business with the experience of German Development Cooperation. In this project, sequa will be in charge of the overall coordination and steering including the application to BMZ, reporting, accounting and allocation of funding to the respective German partner organisations. sequa will enter into agreements accordingly with all partners (except for ZDH and DEG, for who sequa will administer the funds) to ensure funding of the respective activities on the basis of the applied for and BMZ approved funding plan.

ZDH is an association oft he 53 Chambers of Crafts and oft he 48 crafts sector association in Germany. The ZDH as an umbrella organization represents the interests of more than 1 million enterprises with more than 5 million employees and approximately 420.000 apprentices in crafts trades. The ZDH has been active for many years in development cooperation. The ZDH will contribute to the joint project in the extensive competence of German Crafts Trades in vocational education and training