House passes proposed labor training law

October 14, 2018

BY an overwhelming 205 votes, the House of Representatives has unanimously approved on third and final reading the Proposed “Tulong-Trabaho Act” which seeks to institute a Philippine Labor Force Competency Competitiveness Program and free access to Technical-Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

House Bill (HB) No. 8139 aims to strengthen the qualifications of the Filipino workforce to meet the challenges of the rapidly evolving workplaces and work structures; provide for more innovative approaches to technical-vocational education and training (TVET) linked to the requirement of industry; facilitate access to quality TVET; and encourage the participation of industry and communities in competencies formation and upgrading towards a more competitive Filipino workforce.

The bill principally authored by Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas, a vice chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, refers to the Philippine TVET Competency Assessment and Certificate System as “a quality assured system in recognition of the attainment of competencies (knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values) as referred to the competency standards set for middle-level occupation. It is the process of determining the qualification level of a person and a tool in identifying the training needs of a person with competency gaps.”

Meanwhile, Vargas said the TVET refers to the education or training programs registered with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) involving general education, the study of technologies and related sciences, acquisition of practical skills relating to occupations in various sectors of economic life and social life and comprises formal (organized programs as part of the school system) approaches.

Selected Training Programs (STPs) refer to school-based, center-based, community-based or enterprise-based technical-vocational training programs approved by the TESDA Board based on the recommendations of pertinent industries.

The bill provides for the creation of the Tulong-Trabaho Fund that shall provide qualified recipients with access to TVET programs under the STPs to be determined by the TESDA Board through the full payment of training fees. Excluded from the coverage of the Act shall be current workers in enterprise-based companies or industries.