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Regional Association for Vocational Teacher Education in East and Southeast Asia

Dear follower and friend of RAVTE,

The ASEAN integration process and in particular the upcoming ASEAN Economic Community in 2015 presume a higher efficiency in the TVET sector. TVET is called upon to meet the social and economic needs of the emerging societies in the ASEAN region. Those requirements are only achievable on regional and on national level with a high performing vocational teacher education system.
The “Regional Association for Vocational Teacher Education in East and Southeast Asia” (RAVTE) is one important answer to this challenging development with the focus on meeting the needs of integration and cooperation in the TVET sector in Asia.

We would like to introduce the RAVTE-Secretariat and the work areas to you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact them directly. Click here for more information.

First of all, we are pleased to introduce you Mr. Peter John Oswald as the Head of RAVTE secretariat.
At present, he is in charge of:

  • PR Marketing
  • External Relationship Management
  • Organisation of GAM, EB-M and AB-M
  • Administration and communication and
  • Managing content for website

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Dr. Yoopayao Daaroon the Financial Officer of RAVTE secretariat is responsible for:

  • Financial Management and Membership fees
  • Providing and interpreting financial information
  • Formulating strategic and long-term financial plan
  • Arranging new sources of finance for organization

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Mr. Pipattawade Wannaree is the RAVTE coordinator and responsible for:

  • Communication within the RAVTE membership
  • Application and Membership Management

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And finally Dr. Nopadon Maneetien is responsible for:

  • Joint research and development activities
  • Conducting action-oriented research
  • Faculty member and student mobility/internship program

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We would like to invite you to visit RAVTE´s Homepage to see the areas of responsibility of the RAVTE-Secretariat.
You can contact the secretariat, whenever you have questions regarding membership or activities.

We would like to thank all our subscribers and members for their support and we look forward to serving you for a successful new year.

 

With kindest regards

Associate Professor Dr. Numyoot Songthanapitak
President of Regional Association for Vocational Teacher Education in Asia (RAVTE)

Put a new face on technical and vocational education and training (TVET)

 


"Put a new face on technical and vocational education and training (TVET)" -- Photo Entries at the Asia-Pacific Conference on Education and Training from 3-5 August, 2015. 

What does the face of modern technical and vocation education (#TVET) look like? Here are examples from the recent Asia-Pacific photo competition.

Changing misconceptions and stereotypes around #TVET and focusing on how we can make #SkillsDevelopment work for the future we all desire will be the focus of the "Asia-Pacific Conference on Education and Training", which began Monday in Kuala Lumpur. #Acet2015

 

 

Visayas business groups call for bigger private sector role in infra, modernization of agriculture

Business World  July 17, 2015

BUSINESS GROUPS participating in the two-day Visayas Area Business Conference in Dumaguete City have called for the acceleration of infrastructure development via partnerships with the private sector, the adoption of efficient trade procedures, and the modernization of agriculture, among others.

The 24th VABC, which gathered businessmen and government officials from Regions 6, 7, and 8, as well as the newly-created Negros Island Region or Region 18, also backed in their conference resolutions the strengthening of small-medium enterprises (SMEs), developing the regions' tourism and strengthening the implementation of the K-12 education system.

The conference, a barometer of businessmen's concerns during the last year of the current administration, also recommended that local government units (LGUs) adopt and institutionalize a comprehensive local development program consistent with the vision and goals of the Philippine development program.

On infrastructure, the various regional chambers encouraged local government units to partner with the private sector to develop implement transportation of policy for the Visayas. Business leaders also urged to Department of Transportation and Communications Office to increase PPP investment in the region for the expansion and rehabilitation of roads, rail, airports, and seaports to pave the way for more tourism and trade.

To miitigate pollution of the region's water resources, they also urged the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Department of Health to employ a septage or combined sewage-septage management system in the Negros Island Region.

The various chambers also endorsed the Senate’s adoption of House Bill No. 5217, “An Act Governing the Creation and Accreditation of Micro-Enterprise Development Institutions”, which was passed by the House of Representatives on December 10, 2015, and supported the enactment of the bill into law. Local SMEs in the region were encouraged to list in the Philippine Stock Exchange to take advantage of the country’s robust capital market.

On tourism, the business group urged both national and local governments the invest in tourism-related infrastructure and service facilities most especially in hotels, resorts, convention centers, information and communications technology infrastructure, and wastewater treatment facilities.

On trade facilitation, the group called on the Department of Finance and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to simplify trade procedures through the following measures:

• De-centralize to allow the BIR Regional Offices to accept and process applications for the BIR Importer Clearance Certificate and the BIR Customs Broker Clearance Certificate;
• Reduce the list of requirements and simplify the procedures to accelerate processing without compromising the integrity of the system; and,
• Undertake consultations with stakeholders before implementing any new policy to ensure understanding of these policies’ implications and acceptance by stakeholders.

On agriculture, particularly on improving the productivity of the region’s farmers and fisher folk, the following measures were proposed:
• Proper implementation of the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act (AFMA), which allocates a yearly budget for agriculture modernization-related programs and projects. The recommended allocations cover production support, marketing, research and development and human resources development.

• Accelerated implementation of the Agriculture and Fisheries Mechanization Law (AFMECH) to promote the development and adoption of modern, appropriate, cost-effective and environmentally safe agricultural and fisheries machinery and equipment.
• Establishment of a comprehensive program for the development and promotion of agri/farm tourism.

The various chambers also endorsed the Senate’s adoption of House Bill No. 5217, “An Act Governing the Creation and Accreditation of Micro-Enterprise Development Institutions”, which was passed by the House of Representatives on December 10, 2015, and supporting the enactment of the bill into law. Local SMEs in the region were encouraged to list in the Philippine Stock Exchange to take advantage of the country’s robust capital market.

On tourism, the groups urged both national and local governments the invest in tourism-related infrastructure and service facilities most especially in hotels, resorts, convention centers, information and communications technology infrastructure, and wastewater treatment facilities.

Finally, the conference recommended, the formation of a Technical Working Group for re-examining labor laws and implementing rules and regulations to protect students enrolled in the K-12 and Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET). Local chambers were also encouraged to participate in strengthening the implementation of these two educational programs through the following measures:

• Organize a TVET Committee under the local chambers;
• Convene a local TVET Steering Committee in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Education (DepEd), local employees/union organization(s), local technical vocational institutions (TVIs), and LGUs;
• Identify a local TVET champion; and,
• Undertake a needs assessment for TVET in their respective areas.

Meanwhile, Malacanang welcomed and vowed to study the resolutions proposed by the Visayas business groups.

In an e-mail, Communications Secretary Herminio B. Coloma, Jr. said,” The Aquino administration reaffirms its commitment to institute reforms and implement a sustainable, long-term economic development program that brings about inclusive growth.”

“We thank our business leaders from the Visayas for their continuing dialogue and engagement with government. Their specific proposals will be studied by all concerned departments to determine how these may be aligned with ongoing initiatives,” Mr. Coloma added. -- Virgil S. Villanueva

 

http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Economy&title=visayas-business-groups-call-for-bigger-private-sector-role-in-infra-modernization-of-agriculture-&id=111820

SONA presents K-12 ‘graduate’

The Standard  News | Jul. 28, 2015

President Benigno Aquino III presented a video showing a girl who claimed to be a graduate of the K to 12 program, which is being fully implemented only this year, in his last State of the Nation Address yesterday.

Aquino said the experience of Rezia Joy Jianoran, a 19-year-old student who worked at CLP Metal Industries and Precision, was proof that the K to 12 program addresses the gaps in the previous 10-year basic education program.

In the video, Jianoran claimed she is a K to 12 graduate even if the full implementation of the program only began this school year.

“I know my family is [unable] to send me to college so I continued my studies using the K to 12 program. I chose drafting technology as my specialization. Part of the K to 12 program is career immersion and I was assigned to CLP Metal where I designed a machine to de-hair pigs,” Jianoran said.

“I am very proud to be a K to 12 graduate because I was able to support my family and I am learning while earning,” she added.

The video elicited queries on the social media networking site Facebook where netizens pointed out that there could be no K to 12 graduate yet as the program's first graduates are scheduled to finish two years from now.

But Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma explained that Jianoran is a graduate of one of the schools that piloted the K-12 program on an experimental basis ahead of the regular implementation.

Coloma clarified that Jianoran's school was a tech-voc institution, but he did not specify if she completed the 13-year program as she  appeared to have claimed or just a few years of the experimental program.

http://manilastandardtoday.com/2015/07/28/sona-presents-k-12-graduate-/

Dualized education MINI CRITIQUE By Isagani Cruz

(The Philippine Star) | Updated July 16, 2015 - What is dualized education? Dualized education is the Philippine version of the dual education system currently used in countries such as Austria, Brunei, China, Croatia, Denmark, France, Egypt, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Portugal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Switzerland, and Vietnam.

In its most basic form, dual training involves students learning in both a school (or training institution) and a company (or enterprise). Typically, in other countries, students spend 4/5 of their time in a workplace and 1/5 of their time on campus.

The Philippine version started with a joint project of the Southeast Asian Science Foundation and the Hanns Seidel Foundation in 1982. The project resulted in two major developments – Republic Act 7686, entitled “An Act to Strengthen Manpower Education and Training in the Philippines by Institutionalizing the Dual Training System as an Instructional Delivery System of Technical and Vocational Education and Training” or simply the “Dual Training System Act of 1994” and the Dualtech Center (established in Manila in 1982 and in Canlubang in 1991).

RA 7686 is currently in the process of being amended. On January 26, 2015, the House of Representatives approved House Bill 5303, a bill that substituted for House Bills 221, 1594, and 2227. HB 5303 is entitled “An Act Providing for a Revised Apprenticeship Program Repealing for the Purpose Chapters I and II of Title II of Presidential Decree No. 442, as Amended, Otherwise Known as the Labor Code of the Philippines.”