Key leaders and decision makers gathered at the Government-Academe-Industry Network, Inc. (GAIN) 2019 National Convention and signed a resolution to faithfully adopt the qualifications frameworks necessary for the Philippines to be globally competitive. This is in response to issues challenging the Filipino workforce, such as international labor mobility and emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence and Automation.
The resolution underscores the importance of upgrading the country’s digital literacy and English proficiency standards to become globally competitive. To achieve these standards, the resolution appeals for the creation of a unified national agency that will plan, lead, organize, and measure the implementation of the Philippine Qualifications Framework (PQF). This will elevate the country to be on a par with the ASEAN Qualification Reference Framework (AQRF).
Representatives from major associations and regulating bodies were present at the event, among which are the People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP), Federation of Accrediting Agencies in the Philippines (FAAP), Association of Asian School Human Resource Practitioners (AASHPI), Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA), Information and Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP), and Philippine Association of Professional Regulatory Board Members (PAPRB).
Before the delegates committed to the multi-sectoral pledge, they were given a glimpse of the status of the Filipino workforce. Commission on Higher Education (CHED) International Affairs Staff Director Atty. Lily Frieda Milla spoke on behalf of Chairperson Dr. Prospero de Vera, commencing the discussion by sharing the institution’s vision for future-ready college graduates who are globally competitive.
The participants of the convention acknowledge that the effective execution of the PQF is necessary to achieve global competitiveness. As such, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Executive Director for Qualifications and Standards Imelda Taganas, Department of Education (DepEd) OIC Assistant Bureau Director of the Bureau of Curriculum Development Samuel Soliven, PMAP Trustee Dr. Jocelyn Pick, and PACUCOA Executive Director Dr. Adlai Castigador came together to deliberate on the action points necessary to speed up the implementation of the PQF.
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian—who is the Vice Chairperson of the Committee on Education, Arts, and Culture and a member of the Committee on Labor, Employment, and Human Resources Development—expressed his legislative commitment to the issue at hand.
Technology specialists joined in the discussion, sharing expert insights and best practices on the crucial role of digital upskilling to equipping the workforce for the 4th Industrial Revolution.
GAIN concluded its second National Convention confident that the Filipinos of tomorrow will not only be thoroughly equipped with the key competencies of English proficiency and digital literacy but to also be acknowledged for it globally. The inter-sectoral network was specifically established to build the competitiveness of the local workforce and has spearheaded numerous initiatives on promoting English proficiency since its founding in 2018.