K to 12 Plus Project attends 49th Annual Meeting of ADB’s Board of Governors

As part of the 49th Annual Meeting of ADB’s Board of Governors, the K to 12 Plus Project was given the chance to showcase what has been done for the past three years.

The K-12 Plus project was present in Germany. The Project was represented in the sequa stand in the “City of Sustainabilty” in Hall 5 where the team was able to feature the strides and milestones of the results that had been made in the Philippines.

ADB is currently contributing to job generation and improving workplace environment by empowering skills and education development for the youth.

In the opening statement of ADB President Takehiko Nakao, he stressed the importance of education and skills development along with improving the private sectors and combating the climate change are factors to improve a sustainable region.

“Jobs empower people and reduce poverty in the most fundamental way,” said Mr. Nakao. “Employment opportunities, especially for our youth, are essential to make the economy vibrant and to promote social stability. We should also ensure a safe and decent work environment.”

PCCI HRDF attends TVET Report Viet Nam 2015 “Centres of Excellence” in Focus

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Human Resources Development Foundation (PCCI HRDF) together with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), with the support of the K to 12 Plus Project, attended the “TVET Report Viet Nam 2015 “Centres of Excellence” in Focus” last April 20-21 in Hanoi, Vietnam. The event was co-organized by the National Institute for Vocational Training (NIVT), General Department of Vocational Training of Vietnam (GDVT), GIZ Vietnam and the German Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB).

The 2-day workshop on “Developing Vietnam’s Vocational training report in 2015 – Identifying performance monitoring indicators for centers of excellence for TVET in Vietnam”, is a collaborative effort between the concerned Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) departments in Vietnam which aims to establish indicators that will be part of the report for the policy makers and other stakeholders. The report will also monitor and evaluate the performance of the Centers of Excellence (CoE) for TVET in Vietnam.

In June 2016, TESDA will also organize a similar workshop on the development of TVET Monitoring Report for the Philippines. The PCCI HRDF with the support of K to 12 Plus Project will also assist TESDA in the said activity. Speakers from the Technical Experts of BIBB and NIVT will also be invited to deliver presentations on how to develop indicators and to share their experiences in the development of the TVET Monitoring Report.

The event in June is a very important activity that will provide information for policy makers, researchers, vocational training institutions, enterprises, international organizations, and investors, among others, on the existing TVET activities and on how to further improve its implementation in the Philippines.

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Drafting of the Final Paper for the Cost Benefit Study in the Philippines

Ms Maricris Capistrano of the K to 12 Plus Project with University of the Philippines School of Statistics Dean Dennis Mapa is currently in Germany for the writing of the paper on the Cost-Benefit Study on the Dual Training System in the Philippines.

Present in the drafting of the paper are BIBB Technical Experts Mr. Michael Schwarz, Mr. Felix Wenzelmann, and Ms. Anika Jansen.

The paper will be published later in June.


Skills Mapping Exercise for Region III

The PCCI HRDF organized a Skills Mapping Exercise for Region III last April 7 at the Widus Hotel in Clark, Pampanga. PCCI HRDF Executive Director Marlon Miña moderated the event.
Chambers from different areas were present in the event to report the progress of their TVET Committees. Metro Angeles Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MACCI), Metro Olongapo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MOCCI), Bataan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BACCI), Pampanga Chamber (PAMCHAM), and PCCI Tarlac were present in the event.
PCCI TVET Committee Chairman Antontio Sayo led the Skills Mapping in region III. The Chairman was glad about the progress and he looks forward on the progress of the participating chambers in the next few months.
Also part of the event was a talk from GPCCI K to 12 Director, Tobias Bolle. Bolle talked about how the Philippine chambers can learn from the practices of the German Chambers.
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Philippine Education Services Sector Export Roadmap Paper Presentation

The K to 12 Plus Project with the PCCI Human Resources Development Foundation successfully held the paper presentation of the Philippine Education Services Sector Export Roadmap last April 5 at Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas.
The paper presentation was led by Dr. Christopher Stevens, Senior Research Associate of the Overseas Development Institute, London.
Dr. Stevens' paper presentation dealt on the Philippine education sector as an export product. According to Stevens, a roadmap is necessary in order to fully compete with other countries like Malaysia that are robust in promoting this economic sector.
Questions on whether there are things the Philippines can learn from neighboring countries and whether the economy will benefit in a coordinated move to promote educational trade were just some of the questions answered during the forum.
Aside from Dr. Stevens' himself, five other distinguished members were part of the panel. As a representative of the education sector Commission on Higher Education (CHED) International Affairs Director Lily Freida Milla, PCCI Education Committee Chairman Eduardo Ong, Edukasyon.ph founder Henry Motte-Muñoz, and PCCI TVET Committee Chairman Antonio Sayo were present. Also part of the panel as representative of the trade sector was Charmaine De Jesus of the Department of Trade and Industry.
The forum was attended by various relevant people from the academe and from the government.
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