Participated by various organizations such as MinTVET member-Institutions, Officials from the Department of Education and Commission on Higher Education, training providers, Sec. General Emmanuel Joel J. Villanueva, TESDA Officials, stakeholders and Industry Representatives, the conference was set in preparation to the implementation of Republic Act No. 10647 or otherwise known as Ladderized Education Act of 2014 held at Dakak Park Beach Resort, Dapitan City on Sept. 3-5, 2015.
As can be recalled, then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed Executive Order No. 358 on September 15, 2004 which mandates TESDA and CHED to develop and implement a unified national qualifications framework that establish equivalency pathways and access ramps for easier transition and progression between TVET and higher education. The said Executive Order further provides the mandate and legal framework for wider scale and accelerated implementation of ladderized Education.
This education is the answer to the wasteful duplication of courses and this will provide graduates from tech-voc a gateaway or entry point to a college degree program where they can earn appropriate and equivalent credits for previous learning acquired in Tech-Vocs and later receive diploma for a college degree. On December 11, 2014, Republic Act 10647 came into law in response to Executive Order 358 which aimed to allow students to make the smooth transition from one course, program level to the next without experiencing duplication of learning.
The law prevents students to repeat the same course content for which credit has already been received, even if obtained elsewhere or from another institution. Further, this will allow students to move from a technical-vocational course to a college degree program using the principle of credit transfer. Expected that Ladderalization Program will have its full implementation in June, 2016, several officials from different offices in the government more particularly from Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education and Technical Education and Skills Developmen Authority have made their way into the conference to participate in the deliberation and discussion as to the manner of preparation and eventually to the implementation of Republic Act 10647.
Under E.O. 358, CHED and TESDA initially developed a model curricula to the following programs such as, Bachelor of Agriculture Technology (BAT), Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation (BSMT), Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering (BSMarE), Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management (BSHRM), Bachelor of Science in tourism Management (BSTM), Bachelor of Science in Travel Management (BSTrM), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) thru Midwifery and Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT).
Secretary Emmanuel Joel J. Villanueva of TESDA who came all the way from Manila to Dakak Park and Beach Resort, Dapitan City to deliver his message pointed out that the ladderized system is pro-poor and pro-students as it allows individuals to finish a tech-voc course, work and if they choose to, return for a more advanced level perhaps even move into a college degree. He stressed further that TESDA plays a key role in giving life to the ladderized system because technical-vocational ducation will serve as the springboard of the youth to get to higher learning. As such, TESDA vows to offer relevant and quality courses to prepare the students’entry into the ladderized system.
On the other hand, RD LORENZO G. MACAPILI, TESDA Region IX Director during the conference delivered his message on Embracing Change; Challenges in TVET Leadership. He shared his expertise on quality tech-vocational education and training and how the institutions would set itself to prepare for the impending change for the future to meet the challenges of the basic education reforms (K-12) and the ASEAN 2015 Integration and MRAS. Further, he urged the other agencies in the government to forge stronger coordination and explore varied pathways and opportunities to come up with more jobs through quality education.
Other officials who were also speakers on their respective fields of specialty include, DR. GASPAR SOLIS GAYONA, CESO III, Regional Director, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Region XI, Davao Region, DR. RAUL C. ALVAREZ, JR., REE, CESO III, Commission on Higher Education, Region XI, Davao Region, Atty. Ulpiano “Ulan” P. Sarmiento III, Dean of College of Law, San Beda University, provided elaborations and explanations of the provisions of Republic Act 10647 and legal effects and impacts for private and public schools.
schools particularly TVET.