TESDA welcomes ASEAN adoption of Ph-led TVET council

09 July 2020
Taguig City - The establishment of a multi-sectoral body for further development of technical vocational education and training (TVET) in the ASEAN region has been approved during the 36th ASEAN Summit held on June 26.

The ASEAN TVET Council (ATC) recognizes the prime importance of TVET as a key sector to ensuring human resource development in the region.

The ATC, which seeks to provide a platform for coordination, research and development on innovations and monitoring of programs for TVET advancement in the region, was proposed by the Philippines through the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in 2017.

“In order to improve the competitiveness of our workers and industries, we must have faster progress on human capital development.  In this regard, we welcome the establishment of the ASEAN TVET Council,” said President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during the 36th ASEAN Summit.

With the advent of the Industry 4.0, TESDA resonated the need for the ASEAN TVET Council that aims to harmonize and streamline the various regional initiatives on technical vocational training being undertaken primarily to respond to the effects and implications of technological transformation and digitalization to economies, industries, and employment.

“We welcome this development and TESDA would like to thank our neighbors in the region. This would mean our future graduates and workers will be more competitive with market-responsive skills, have greater employment opportunities here and overseas, and will be more productive in the digital economy,” said TESDA Director General, Secretary Isidro Lapeña.

Through the ATC, TESDA sees better future coordination among member states in advancing TVET, particularly in the following areas: labor market information system, skills competitions, and skills need anticipation; TVET researches; improving the image of TVET; capacity-building for trainers and assessment of their quality; TVET quality assurance in ASEAN member states; and TVET implementation and financing.

The ATC is targeted to be launched in September 2020 in Viet Nam, together with the ASEAN Human Resources Development (HRD) Conference and the launch of the ASEAN HRD Roadmap.

The Philippines, through TESDA, is also looking forward to assume the inaugural Chairmanship and host the 1st Meeting of the ATC in 2021.###

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