K to 12 Plus Project Receives Dr. Felipe Serrano

The K to 12 Plus Project team conducted its closing meeting with its International Short-term Expert Dr. Felipe Isidor-Serrano yesterday. Dr. Felipe was in the country to help the project on its monitoring and evaluation.

Present in the meeting are partners from PCCI HRDF, SBFIC, AFOS / CCCI, and the GPCCI.

TESDA and K to 12 Plus Project talks on continued partnership

The K to 12 Plus Project continues its partnership with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) thru a consultation meeting on what the two organizations can do in the second phase of the Project.
Present in the event were K to 12 Plus Project Director Mr. Andreas Dernbach and Ms. Maricris Capistrano of PCCI HRDF.
Deputy Director General for Policies and Planning Ms. Rosanna Urdaneta and Division Chief Ms. Ursula Mendoza were among the representatives from the government agency who met with the Project team.
The two organizations stressed that they are hopeful in this continued partnership with the goal of further strengthening the skills of our Filipino youth.

Second Phase Media Launch and Kickoff

The business community has launched the second phase the K to 12 Plus Project to provide employers a sustainable supply of a future workforce whose technical-vocational skills match those that industries need and to help senior high school graduates improve their chance of landing jobs early after graduation.

Aside from the PCCI Human Resources Development Foundation (HRDF), the other stakeholders at the event  were the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI), Mindanao Microfinance Council, German - Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GPCCI), and Philippine Business for Education (PBED). The government agencies of Department of Education (DepEd) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) were also present in the event.

German partners sequa gGmbH, AFOS Foundation, DIHK, GIZ, SBFIC, and ZDH were also present in the event.

George T. Barcelon, president of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), said more member-chambers of PCCI in cities and provinces, industry associations and enterprises will be cooperating with senior high schools or tech-voc education and training institutes (TVET) in designing curricula that reflects employable skills.

Phase 2 was launched last week December 8, 2016 at the PCCI office by the project stakeholders.  The three-year phase 1 ended last September 30. This new phase of dual training, supported also by the German government and institutions for three years, will end in 2019.

“(The launching) serves as the German government and the Philippine project partners’ commitment to be at the forefront of instituting programs and projects that will create a pool of qualified, competent and job-ready human resources that will contribute to the productivity aqnd sustainability of enterprises, generate employment and reduce poverty in our country,” he said.

Graduates of senior high school, he said, should be equipped with “21st century skills” relevant to labor market needs here and abroad and relevant to requirements by national development.

Barcelon said that new pilot training areas and priority skills will be included by TVET and companies involved in jointly designing and crafting the curricula for students.,

Pilot areas in phase one are in Batangas, Cebu and Cagayan de Oro.  The priority skills sector are in hospitality/tourism, construction, food processing, macjhining and micro-finance sectors.

Launching of the Cost Benefit Study on Dual Training in PH

The K to 12 Plus Project and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Human Resources Development Foundation (PCCI HRDF) with the support of other project partners launched the Cost-Benefit Study on Dual Training System (DTS) in the Philippines on October 13 at the 42nd Philippine Business Conference.

The launching of the study was attended by PCCI President Mr. George Barcelon, PCCI HRDF President Dr. Alberto Fenix Jr., and PBC Chairman Mr. Angelito Colona. Also present was PCCI TVET Committee Chairman Mr. Antonio Sayo.

University of the Philippines School of Statistics Dean Dr. Dennis Mapa personally handed the study to PCCI.

A short video presentation was played to brief the audience on the plenary about the DTS and the findings.

The Cost-Benefit Study of DTS in the Philippines would not be possible without the efforts and support of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), BIBB, and other German Partners.

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Laiya Hospitality Cluster In-Company Trainer's Training

PCCI HRDF delivered the second In-Company Trainer's Training in Laiya Batangas.

Present in the training were resorts like La Luz Beach Resort, Les Caraibes Beach Resort, Palm Beach Resort, Kabayan Beach Resort, and Aquatico Beach Resort. Resorts like Acuaverde Beach Resort, Virgin Beach Resort, and Sabangan Beach Resort also actively joined the event.

The event training will run from October 24 to 28. The assessment would happen on on November 3.