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.