May 1, 2017

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education of the State of Qatar have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) for the improvement of technical vocational between the Philippines and Qatar.

TESDA Director General, Secretary Guiling “Gene” Mamondiong and State of Qatar Ministry of Education and Higher Education Mohammad bin Abdul Wahed Al-Hammadi led the signing of the formal agreement. It was witnessed by President Rodrigo Duterte and Emir of Qatar His Highness Sheik Tamim Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.

Signing was held at the Amira Diwan Royale Palace during the state visit of Duterte in Qatar last April 16.

“The pact aims to enhance hosting joint conferences, symposia, workshops and exhibitions for trainees, employees, trainers and technology institute administrators; recommend conducting joint research and technical studies which promote TVET; promote joint training programs for employees, trainers and technology institute administrators; exchange of professionals in technical areas to allow conducting training programs and studies; exchange of experts in the area of managing technology institutes; exchange and publish research, studies and relevant materials; exchange of technology programs among private sector organizations and technology institutes; and, exchange of information on mutual recognition of skills and qualifications awarded in disciplines to be identified and given priority by both participants," according to the MUO written in Arabic and English languages.

Aside from the TVET cooperation, the Philippines is also expected to forge agreements with Qatar on culture, investment and health.

Mamondiong said that the TVET cooperation between the Philippines and Qatar is expected to boost the skills of Filipino workers in Asia and other parts of the world.

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