TESDA to use 'green technology' in tech-voc courses

March 5, 2018

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will utilize the "green technology" in teaching technical and vocational education and training (TVET) scholars who will pursue technical-vocational (tech-voc) courses in support of the government's advocacy to promote "green economy."

This as TESDA will hold a three-day Green TVET Forum and Strategic Planning on Greening the TVET system to formulate the much-needed Training Regulations (TRs) to enforce the skills training, program registration, and assessment and certification in support of the requirements for skilled manpower under the green economy.

The Green TVET Forum and Strategic Planning on Greening the TVET System will be held at the Bayleaf Intramuros Hotel on March 6-8.

Registration will start at 8 a.m. and the actual program will begin at 9:00 a.m. It will be led by TESDA Director General Guiling ‘Gene’ Mamondiong.

Mamondiong said that the program aims to facilitate the “greening” of the TVET system by instilling among stakeholders the deepened appreciation of what "green" TVET really means and the skills requirements in greening the sectors and the whole economy as well as their respective roles in the process.

The same event also aims to provide inputs towards developing the strategic plan in greening the TVET system, including the operationalization of the Green Technology Center as the Green Skills Hub of TESDA with the public and private TVIs as the "spokes" of the implementers of Green TVET.

This is also being carried out after the signing of agreement at the 3rd Cycle of the National Technical Education and Skills Development Plan (NTESDP) 2011-2016 of TESDA.

In the Plan are challenges that the TVET sector has faced in relation to green skills: 1) to "green" existing jobs to meet the current demand for retrofitting and retooling of industry to ensure that these existing industries continue to grow; 2) to train new workers with the appropriate green skills, particularly for the renewable industries and emergent "green" technology sector.

A “Green Techno Fair” will also be held and will be participated in by companies involved in green technologies such solar panels, e-bikes/trikes. TVET trainers, assessors and students will join the event.

Senator Loren B. Legarda, Congressman Karlo Alexei Nograles and officials from various government agencies are expected to attend the activity.

The program is supported by the International Labor Organization (ILO) through the pilot application of ILO policy guidelines on “Just Transition towards Environmentally Sustainable Economies and Societies for All”, which also gives support to the implementation of the Philippine Green Job Act.

Under the Green Job Act, TESDA has been tasked to coordinate with the Department of Education (DepEd) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

TESDA, in coordination with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will help the Department of Labor and Employment in analyzing the needed skills, training and re-training in relation to green technology which has the potential to create jobs or greneer jobs.

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