November 16, 2022

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma is set to deliver a keynote message in the 2nd ASEAN TVET Council (ATC) meeting to be held here in the Philippines.

Secretary Laguesma, who also serves as the Chair of the ASEAN Labour Ministers Meeting 2022-2024, will deliver his message on the first day of the meeting on Nov. 17. The ATC meeting will be held until Nov.18 at the Hilton Hotel in Pasay City.

The 2nd ATC meeting, which the Philippines through Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will host, is set to discuss the implementation of the ATC Work Plan 2021-2030 with its ASEAN member-states.

The meeting is also aimed to further intensify collaboration among its member-states and other external partners in promoting technical vocational education and training TVET in the Southeast Asia region.

Meanwhile, TESDA Director General Danilo P. Cruz, who currently sits as ATC Chair, will deliver his welcome remarks.

Among the agenda of the meeting will be the follow-up actions taken following the 1st ATC Meeting held virtually on March 10, 2021, and the Chair’s engagement with relevant ASEAN sectoral bodies and external partners.

Likewise, the meeting will have an open session with external partners from Australia, India, the United Kingdom, International Labour Organization (ILO), the German government’s Regional Cooperation in Technical and Vocational Education and Training for ASEAN (RECOTVET), and Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Further, in the latter part of the meeting, the Philippines will turn over the Chairmanship of the ATC to Singapore. The Philippines served as its inaugural chair from 2020-2022 while Singapore will chair the ATC from 2022-2024.

DG Cruz said the ATC has been doing its mandate to provide a platform for coordination, research, and development on innovations and monitoring of regional programs that support the advancement of TVET in the region.

According to the TESDA Chief, the Philippines’ commitment to the ASEAN in terms of TVET include strengthening the labor market orientation of TVET, enhancing the capacity of TVET human resource, and increasing demand for TVET-related jobs, among others.

“The Philippines, through TESDA, will continue working closely with our ASEAN counterparts to make TVET more relevant, accessible, and responsive to the challenges brought by the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” DG Cruz said. (30)

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