PCCI puts up foundation to help improve employability

April 9, 2015 12:40 pm 

MANILA, April 9 — The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), the country’s largest business organization, declares its support for the K to 12 education reform of the government.

PCCI stands behind the government in its drive to lessen, if not eradicate, poverty in the country. The best way to do that is to give jobs to the poor and unemployed. The country’s competitiveness is enhanced by a labor force that is properly and effectively educated and is at par with its ASEAN neighbors.

“Our member-companies have a lot of jobs waiting to be filled, but we have always found it very difficult to recruit employees who are equipped with the skills necessary for us to become productive and competitive,” remarked Alfredo M. Yao, President of PCCI.

Yao also noted that the K to 12 program, by adding Kindergarten and Senior High School to the previous ten-year basic education cycle and spiraling the delivery of knowledge, skills, and attitudes, now makes it possible to prepare Filipino schoolchildren to immediately join the workforce when they reach the age of eighteen.

“In addition, the K to 12 program also prepares high school graduates to become entrepreneurs and to join us by establishing their own businesses. In this way, they will themselves also create jobs.” Yao added.

PCCI is doing its part to make the K to 12 program a success. As its first major step, it established the PCCI Human Resources Development Foundation, (PCCI-HRDF), with the aim to promote and encourage business chambers, industry associations and business enterprises to be actively involved in technical-vocational education and training (TVET).

The PCCI-HRDF also aims to be the key driver of the Technical-Vocational-Livelihood Track of the K to 12 curriculum.

“Since chambers of commerce and industry associations are mandated by the K to 12 Law to help flesh out the curriculum and implementation of the education reform, we have started several projects, with the help of national and international partners that will institutionalize the dualized training mode of instructional delivery in the formal school system. Our projects all aim to make the transition from school to workplace smooth and easy for Filipino youth,” said Dr. Alberto P. Fenix Jr., PCCI-HRDF President.

While PCCI understands the problems that goes with implementation of a law of this nature such as the setting up of additional and relevant TecVoc centers over the country, pushing through with this law now would reap benefits for the country now and in the long term.

To delay it or, worse, to stop it will mean that the country shall again have the problem of the mismatch between what schools offer and what industries need.

The mismatch condemns millions of young Filipinos to lives of unemployment and poverty. (PNA)



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