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IT'S A GO FOR K TO 12 | SC rejects TRO bid vs PNoy's main education reform

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MANILA - The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed several petitions seeking an injunction to stop implementation of the controversial K to 12 program, centerpiece of the Aquino administration’s effort to reform the country’s educational system.

“The Court denied the prayer for the issuance of a temporary restraining order and or writ of preliminary injunction,” SC Public Information Office Chief, lawyer Theodore Te said after the en banc session.

Among the petitioners who asked the high court to scuttle the K to 12 were the Council for Teachers and Staff of Colleges and Universities of the Philippines, et al., Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, et al., UP professor Eduardo Alicias, et al., Richard Troy Colmenares, et al., Congressman Antonio Tinio, et al. and Ma. Dolores Brillantes, et al.

They argued that the Department of Education usurped the power of Congress to create laws when it issued in 2012 the guidelines contained in DepEd Order 31, laying down the policy for implementation of K to 12 even before lawmakers had passed the K to 12 law.

The K to 12 program failed to provide teachers and non-teaching staff full labor protection and full employment as mandated under Article XIII, Section 3 of the Constitution, petitioners said.

The petition said 56,771 of 111,351 college teachers and 22,838 non-teaching staff nationwide are in danger of losing their employment once the law is fully implemented in school year 2016-2017.

Petitioners said the K-12 law violated their constitutional rights to due process and equal protection. They assailed the lack of consultation with parents and teachers prior to the issuance of the order.

The high court in 2015 granted the petition of National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera seeking to stop the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) from taking out of the new college curriculum mandatory subjects such as the Filipino language and Literature.

The new college curriculum which is part of the K to 12 program is contained in Memorandum Order No. 20, Series of 2013 issued by CHED.  

Business and K to 12

 (The Philippine Star) |  

In October 2010, several business groups signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Department of Education (DepEd).

The business groups were: Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP), Chamber of Commerce of the Philippine Islands (CCPI), Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP), Makati Business Club (MBC), Philippine Business for Education (PBEd), Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), Semiconductor and Electronics Industries of the Philippines (SEIPI), and the Joint Foreign Chambers of the Philippines, consisting of American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Australian-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Philippines, Korean Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, and Philippine Association of Multinational Companies Regional Headquarters.

The business groups promised to employ graduates of Grade 12 (provided, of course, that these graduates met the hiring qualifications of individual companies).

In May 2015, another MOA was signed by the same groups.

This MOA reiterated the commitment of the business groups “to implement programs to encourage and influence their members to accept for employment applicants who have completed the new 12-year Basic Education Program from any private or public school in the Philippines.”

On Tuesday, Feb. 16, business groups will again sign another MOA with DepEd.

Joining the earlier groups are German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GPCCI), Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), and People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP). The BPAP has since changed its name to IT and Business Processing Association of the Philippines (IBPAP).

The new MOA adds three crucial elements to the success of the K to 12 program.

Initial results from the cost-benefits survey on the Philippines


The first results from a survey of the costs and benefits of company-based training on the Philippines were presented at the 3rd Regional Vocational Education and Training Conference in Laos and at a Stakeholder Workshop in Manila. They were met with considerable interest and were the object of controversial discussion. The final results are expected to be available in June 2016.

The Philippine Government aims to use the K to 12 Reform to improve the quality of vocational education and training in the Philippines. The objective in future is for VET to be more closely aligned to the real demands of the workplace and to the requirements of the labour market in order to take equal account of the needs of modern trade and industry and of the (largely informally organised) SME sector. The reform process seeks to enhance vocational orientation and practical professional training for young people within the formal educational sector. The “K to 12 Plus Pilot Project on Dual Vocational Education and Training” aims to provide a remedy by creating dual vocational training structures. In addition to this, the Philippine Government is endeavouring to achieve greater integration of companies into the training process and striving to raise awareness of the cost-effectiveness of vocational education and training.

Initial results from a national survey of the costs and benefits of company-based training were presented in December 2015 within the scope of a Stakeholder Workshop in Manila and as part of the agenda at the 3rd Regional Vocational Education and Training Conference in Laos.

Indications are that the survey has been successful thus far. About 200 companies will have been interviewed by the end of the fieldwork phase of the survey, representing a coverage rate of just under 60 %. On average, each company trained 26 apprentices during the period from 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015. The duration of company-based training within the Dualised Training System (DTS) / Dualised Training Programme (DTP) was between three and 18 months.

In order to gain a comprehensive picture of the training situation, institutions involved in the process (Technical Vocational Institutes - TVI) were interviewed alongside the companies providing training, and trainees themselves were also given a brief questionnaire.

The Stakeholder Workshop was conducted by BIBB’s partner institute, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). At the workshop, results were presented to around 70 stakeholders from various organisations. These included representatives from the TESDA regional offices, from TESDA Head Office, from the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), from the Don Bosco Training Centre and from the Dualtech Training Centre, corporate representatives from the Toyota Motor Philippines School of Technology and C.S. Garment, Inc. And school heads from Punlaan School and the National College of Science and Technology.

The results were received with great interest and became the object of controversial debate. The event succeeded in once more raising the degree of acceptance enjoyed by the project.

The results also attracted wide-ranging interest from international participants at the 3rd Regional Vocational Education and Training Conference on the topic of “Supporting AEC Integration through Inclusive and Labour Market Oriented TVET”, where they were presented at a break-out session addressing the theme of “TVET Governance / Financing TVET”.

The final results are expected to be available in June 2016

Various preliminary workshops staged on the topic of costs and benefits in January, June and August 2015 had already been able to make an initial contribution in terms of improving the practical and requirements-oriented alignment of vocational education and training and facilitating the stronger integration of companies into the process of the implementation of work-based training contents.

BIBB is supporting its Philippine partner institute, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), in the evaluation and interpretation of the results. Representatives from the Faculty of Statistics at the University of the Philippines and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) in Manila also took part in the workshop. The German side was represented by BIBB experts from Division 2.3, Costs, Benefits, Financing, (Felix Wenzelmann) and from Division 1.2, International Cooperation and Advisory Services/German Office for International Cooperation in VET, (Michael Schwarz). The aims of the workshop were to check the calculations on costs and benefits and to conduct initial evaluations for the forthcoming events.

The objective of the cost-benefits survey is to convince Philippine companies of the cost-effectiveness of dualised training programmes. For companies, the relationship between costs and benefits plays a vital role in the decision of whether to offer training to young people.

BIBB cooperation agreement

BIBB has had an institutional cooperation agreement in place in the field of VET with the Philippine Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) since September 2014. As part of the “K to 12 Plus Pilot Project on Dual Vocational Education and Training” – ‘K to 12 - Reform on the Philippines’, BIBB has been working on behalf of the development organisation sequa to provide guidance to TESDA and the PCCI since December 2014.

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Re-thinking greening TVET for traditional industries in Asia - the integration of a less-skilled labour force into green supply chains

http://www.tvet-online.asia/issue/6/baumgarten-kunz 2/5/2016 Katharina Baumgarten( Knowledge Intelligence Applications GmbH)  and Stephan Kunz (Knowledge Intelligence Applications GmbH)

Re-thinking greening TVET for traditional industries in Asia - the integration of a less-skilled labour force into green supply chains Re-thinking greening TVET for traditional industries in Asia - the integration of a less-skilled labour force into green supply chains Abstract This article proposes a change of perspective on TVET in Asia in the context of the current discourse on sustainable development and the greening of economies in the region. It picks up on the debate around the greening of TVET, taking a closer look at the challenges faced by two countries: the Philippines and Vietnam. A necessary repositioning of TVET, and especially the greening of TVET, is suggested through an exploration of agriculture and manufacturing–two industries that traditionally account for most of the labour force in Asia and which, at the same time, are among the biggest environmental polluters. We highlight the need for non-formal, on-the-job training in the plant and in the field and for the inclusion of traditional industries, the main polluters, in the discussion on the greening of industries. A case is made for a practical, non-academic approach to training that closely links the demands of the market with the non- formal learning needs of ordinary workers and farmers. Based on best-practices, this article introduces the concept of an integrated service called “WeTrace” that contributes to the greening of TVET through a hands-on, field-based approach. The article provides an overview of practical experiences with the implementation of WeTrace and strategies for non-formal learning supported by smart technology, as applied to sustainable agriculture in the Philippines and Vietnam. Keywords: green economy, green skills, sustainable development, supply and value chain, unskilled and semi-skilled workers, farmers, agriculture and food production, traceability, standards, smart technology 1 Introduction Just before the 2015 United Nation Climate Change Conference in Paris, the headline of China Daily “Asia faces catastrophic future unless leaders at Paris summit agree to cut emissions” (China Daily 2015, 1) proclaimed a clear message emphasizing the urgent need for action. In acknowledging that urgency, this article examines some options for action in the greening of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in Asia. Of note, UNESCO-UNVEVOC has been engaged in recent efforts to strengthen TVET in the Asiatic region, developing the skills and knowledge required for the transition to greener economies and societies (UNESCO 2015). It promises to be a long road, and not without obstacles along the way. Despite the global discussions, the efforts of policy makers, the support of international development programs, the investment of international companies in select projects (such as renewables, effluent systems, or solid waste management), the fact remains that most young people employed in the developing and future markets of Asia are unskilled or under-qualified and often without access to training. How can we integrate that major pool of labour force for the challenge of greening TVET on a larger scale?

Strengthening the implementation of the Dual-Training System (DTS) can reduce unemployment and job mismatch in the country.

ILOILO CITY, November 12 (PIA)

In the Visayas Zonal Dual Training Partnership Forum held here recently, Tobias Bolle, project director of Dual Training, German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (GPCCII), said that DTS can help improve labor standards here to meet the demands and needs of investors and industries.

“We promote the DTS because people already get into the workplace, so, they learn from the companies,” he said.

Institutionalized through the enactment of Republic Act (RA) 7686 in 1994, the DTS is an instructional delivery system of technical and vocational education and training that combines in-plant and in-school training.

This is based on a training plan designed and implemented by accredited schools and their partner business establishments.

The DTS brings together establishments and the educational institution to share the responsibility of providing the trainee with the best possible job qualifications.

“TESDA (Technical Skills and Development Authority) is already doing the DTS. The only obstacle is we need to bring in more private sector participation,” Bolle said.

He said that the Philippine companies need to understand that skilled labor is more of an investment today. However, in the future it pays out big-time because companies need not hire expensive staff or train further.

He shared that dual education and training is a key element for the competitiveness of German industries.

“A well done DTS – like in Germany, we have five percent unemployment rate – it can drop down the unemployment rate, especially for the youth”, he added. (JCM/LTP/PIA-Iloilo).

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