PCCI inks MOA with TVET orgs and holds 2018 TVET Colloquium

on 13 March 2018

Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) took a step further in continuing its advocacy to help develop the human resources of the country.

PCCI and its PCCI Human Resources Development Foundation (HRDF) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on Thursday, March 1 with the Tech Voc Schools Associations of the Philippines (TVSA) and Technical Vocational Schools and Associations of the Philippines (TEVSAPHIL), two of the country’s biggest Technical Vocational Institutions (TVIs) associations in the country.

The three organizations agreed to conduct joint programs designed to the improved the current information on the status of TVET and capabilities of industries and schools to promote TVET.

Gracing the event was PCCI President Ms. Alegria Sibal-Limjoco who mentioned how human resources is important for the especially for the country’s biggest organization.

“PCCI believes that proper training of our human resources could be a key in solving many challenges that the Philippines faces such as unemployment and skills mismatch—a concern that most of our members voice out often in the various forum that we organize,” President Limjoco said.

Unity is the key according to the PCCI President who added that collaboration of the government, education sector, and the private business is the key to solve some of Philippines pressing issues that she mentioned.

“The delivery of quality education and training is something that industry and the schools must work together,” stressed President Limjoco.

Trifocal Meeting

The MOA signing of TEVSAPHIL and TVSA with PCCI and PCCI HRDF also coincided with the yearly TVET Forum that PCCI conducts.

Present in the colloquium were representatives from Department of Education (DepEd) Chief of Curriculum Standards Ms. Isabel Victorino and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Deputy Director General of Partnerships and Linkages Ms. Rebecca Calzado.

The two organizations shared their same sentiments of gratitude to the PCCI for gathering the government, educational institutions, and most importantly the private sector to discuss the collaboration and pressing issues of TVET in the country.

DDG Calzado mentioned how the colloquium would help their agency develop more effective policies which would enable them fulfill their roles. She said, “the PCCI TVET Colloquium helps us in TESDA formulate better policies that have the proper insights from the main key players in TVET.”

DepEd talked on the update on the joint delivery of TVET track in senior high school where Ms. Victorino dicussed by which schools could discussed the process by which schools, TVIs, and other private providers may avail of the Joint Delivery Voucher Program for Senior High School Tech Voc Learning specializations.

TESDA presented their revisions on the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) if the Dual Training System (DTS) Law of the Philippines. DDG. Calzado reported to the group mainly composed of TVI representatives how the current changes in the IRR could benefit the student better.

TESDA also asked the audience on how to properly incentivize the main players in the DTS. “As TESDA continues its effort to help its DTS stakeholders, we want to get your feedback on how we can make the system attractive to students and to industry,” DDG. Calzado added.

PCCI HRDF Dr. Alberto P. Fenix, mentioned how yearly trifocal colloquium helps gauge the industries on how where they could help address some of the country’s issues such as skills gap and mismatch.

The main takeaway of the colloquium was for the government to act as enabler and have the private industry act as the main player.

The whole colloquium was sponsored by the German initiative K to 12 Plus Project which is the German government’s support to the country’s Enhanced Education Law specifically in the TVET track of the senior high school.