Tulong-Trabaho bill up for bicam okay

November 03, 2018

THE so-called Tulong-Trabaho Bill awaits bicameral committee approval, after both Houses of Congress approved their respective version on third and final reading.

In the Lower Chamber House Bill 8139 or the Proposed “Tulong-Trabaho Act” got the support of the majority members.

The bill seeks to institute a Philippine Labor Force Competency Competitiveness Program and free access to Technical-Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

Principally authored by Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas, the bill 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 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, 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 existing workers in enterprise-based companies or industries.

Access to the Tulong-Trabaho Fund shall be made available to:  any person at least 15 years old, who is no longer in school and does not have a regular job or is not undergoing any form of training for a particular job, such as out-of school youth, unemployed adults, and those intending to work in the emerging sectors or industries; and part-time or underemployed workers who intend to develop and expand their current skills and technical-vocational training.

Training programs (school-based, center-based, community-based, or enterprise-based) of the TESDA shall be able to help address the skills mismatch of applicants and employer requirements.

Moreover, a Tulong-Trabaho Fund will be established for the Philippine Labor Force Competency Competitiveness Program. It will cover training fees as well as additional financial assistance such as transportation allowance and laboratory fees, as needed.

In the Senate it was pushed by Sen. Joel Villanueva.