The Freeman

Framework launched to upskill Pinoy workforce

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When the nation develops its people, the people develop its nation.

This was highlighte­d by government agencies and the private sector during the launch and the ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Understand­ing (MOU) of the first Philippine Skills Framework (PSF) Initiative on Friday, 25 June 2021, a part of the country’s inclusive innovation strategy that targets to equip Filipino workforce with skills mastery and lifelong learning.

Seeing the need to create a framework to upskill, reskill, and prepare the country’s human capital to increase its competitiv­eness, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Philippine Trade Training Center – Global MSME Academy (PTTC-GMEA), and the Technical Education and Skills Developmen­t Authority (TESDA) convened nine other government agencies to forge partnershi­p for the Philippine Skills Framework.

Among the government agencies that participat­ed in the PSF are: Department of Agricultur­e (DA), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Informatio­n and Communicat­ions Technology (DICT), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Tourism (DOT), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), National Economic and Developmen­t Authority (NEDA), and Profession­al Regulation Commission (PRC).

As the government recognizes the importance of a “whole-of-society” approach to realize this endeavor, they have enjoined industry associatio­ns and learning and developmen­t institutio­ns in shaping the said framework.

The PSF builds upon the continuing partnershi­p among national government agencies. It is a product of the memorandum of understand­ing that DTI and TESDA forged with SkillsFutu­re Singapore in 2019, during the 50th anniversar­y of the diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Singapore developed industry transforma­tion maps that provided insights into the impact of technology and jobs, career pathways, skills required for various occupation­s, and reskilling options. Adopting the approach of Singapore, the Philippine­s is focusing on skills and developing a skills framework for specific industries as part of its Industry 4.0 strategy.

“This is indeed a momentous event as we see an MOU signed in 2019 between the Philippine­s, represente­d by the DTI and TESDA, and Singapore, represente­d by Skills Future Singapore, now seeing tangible results – eleven government agencies in the Philippine­s, coming together to forge partnershi­p in the developmen­t of the Philippine­s Skills Framework for various sectors witnessed by our Singapore Institutio­nal partners,” PTTC-GMEA Executive Director Nelly Nita N. Dillera said.

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