PCCI showcased benefits of Dual Education and Training

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) in partnership with the German Embassy Manila and with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), through the K to 12 PLUS Project and the Don Bosco One TVET Project held a high-level colloquium on June 28, 2018 at the Shangri-La at the Fort Manila hotel to showcase the benefits of dual education and training for the economic development of the Philippines and Germany.

The event brought together leading Philippine and German industry players, Philippine government officials, German Embassy representatives and members of the academe. Keynote speeches were delivered by Ambassador Dr. Gordon Kricke, German Embassy Manila, Mr. Michael Mager, HR Board of GROHE AG, Germany and Mr. George T. Barcelon, Chairman of the PCCI and President of Integrated Computer Systems (ICS).

Panel discussions on the two success factors of dual education and training in Germany—Tripartite Social Partnerships and Sharing of Costs and Benefits among the stakeholders featured Mr. Michael Mager, Mr. Sergio Ortiz-Luis, President of he Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PHILEXPORT), and Mr. Isidro Antonio Asper of the Federation of Free Workers (FFW). The second panel includes Mr. Barcelon, Ms. Rosanna Urdaneta, Deputy Director General of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Fr. Dindo Vitug, Executive Director of Don Bosco TVET Philippines.

“Germany, and other European countries with a long standing tradition in dual education and training, repeatedly show lower youth unemployment figures. The key success factor is the effective and trustful collaboration between government and the industry through an apprenticeship system that blends classroom education with on-the-job training, equipping young people with practical labor market skills,” explained Ambassador Kricke.

K to 12 Plus Project Conducts Apprenticeship Bill Consultation

GIZ and PCCI HRDF with the support of the K to 12 Plus Project conducted its consultation meeting on the update of the Apprenticeship Bill today.

Stakeholders from the government, education, and business sectors gave their input on how the currently proposed Apprenticeship Bill could be lobbied and eventually be implemented better.

PCCI President Ms. Alegria S. Limjoco noted how human resources development policies such as the Apprenticeship Bill greatly improves the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) by developing a more qualified labor market.

The PCCI President also noted how a trifocal consultation composed of the business, government, and education such as this one is a great contributor on the development of the cooperation between three parties.

Present in the said consultation are government representatives from Department of Education (DepEd) and Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) came for today's consultation. Representatives from labor groups and trade associations such as Integrated IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) and Lakas Mangagawa Labor Center (LMLC) also actively participated in the meeting.

The group agreed to conduct further consultations in the future to study how the business sector could be engaged in the apprenticeship mode in order to increase the participation turnout of the sector.

K to 12 Plus Project successfully holds Communication Workshop

The K to 12 Plus Project successfully conducted the multi-stakeholder workshop on the integrated communication plan to improve the image of the tech-voc on June 7 to 9 at the University Hotel in Quezon City. The workshop that was facilitated by the University of the Philippines Los Baños College of Development Communication (UPLB CDC) led by Dean Dr. Ma. Theresa Velasco.

The workshop was attended by almost 65 participants comprised of students and teachers from both private and public schools; parents, and business enterprise owners.

This initiative to create a strategic communication approach for TVET came from the K to 12 Plus Project’s goal to elicit more participation, awareness, and involvement from various stakeholders in the Philippines to improve the image of TVET to all stakeholders.

Representative from Department of Education (DepEd) and Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) were also present in the workshop.

PCCI Human Resources Development Foundation (HRDF) Inc. President Dr. Alberto P. Fenix, Jr. mentioned to the participants why it is necessary to create a communication plan in order to promote TVET.

BMZ Visits the K to 12 Plus Project

Dr. Leo Kreuz of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) along with Dr. Ralph Meier of sequa is in the country to visit project partners and the pilot clusters of the K to 12 Plus Project.

The official visit of Dr. Kreuz and Dr. Meier started on Monday where they met Deputy Head of Mission Mr. Michael Hasper of the German Embassy in Manila.

The two proceeded to the GIZ country office to meet with Country Director Dr. Andreas Kalk.

German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GPCCI) Executive Director Peter Kompalla and Project Manager Ms. Kristina Silan received the Dr. Kreuz and Dr. Meier afterwards.

The team of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Human Resources Development Foundation (PCCI HRDF) Inc., received the two German visitors in the afternoon. Dr. Fenix mentioned to them how grateful he is for the contribution of BMZ in improving the skills of the human resources of the country.

Dr. Kreuz and Dr. Meier will be in the country for two more days. The two will visit pilot clusters in Batangas, Laguna, and Cebu. The two will have an exposure to the clusters run by PCCI HRDF, SBFIC, and AFOS/CCCI consecutively.

K to 12 Plus Project Joins 6th RECOTVET Meeting

The PCCI HRDF participated in the GIZ - RECOTVET's 6th Regional Working Group Meeting of Working Group 2 on Quality Assurance for TVET and TVET Personnel which took place on 17-18 May 2017 in Hanoi, VietNam.

The general objectives of the meeting are to finalize the Regional Quality Assurance model for TVET and TVET Personnel for the SOM-ED endorsement and elaborate workable plans to prepare for the implementation of the Regional Quality Assurance model at national level.