MANILA CITY- In order to raise awareness of the government’s K to 12 mitigation programs and to provide assistance to higher education institution (HEI) teaching and non-teaching personnel affected by the implementation of K to 12, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Education (DepEd), Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) recently conducted the NCR Inter-Agency Roadshow.
The Roadshow, held last October 18, 2016 at the CHED Auditorium, seeks to disseminate the intervention of the government in providing assistance to affected HEI personnel through the CHED Development Grants, DepEd Green Lane Program, TESDA’s Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) Programs and K to 12 DOLE Adjustment Measures Program (AMP).
HEI personnel and administrators, officers and members of the Education Industry Tripartite Council, and Labor Union representatives attended the event. With the challenges they will be facing in the implementation of K to 12 , the Regional Director of DOLE-NCR, Atty. Johnson G. Cañete, encouraged the participants in his opening message.
“[Through the roadshow] we will be able to find out what to do, and to know how and when are we taking the next steps,” said Director Cañete.
“Today, we will be giving a meaning to each ones’ lives that will be affected by the K to 12 program of the government,” he added.
Speakers from the Inter-Agency were Ms. Erika Grace E. Velasco, Inter-agency Officer of CHED K to 12 Program Management Unit; Dr. Rita E. Riddle, School Division Superintendent of DepEd Division of Caloocan; Mr. Elpidio D. Mamaril Jr., District Director of TESDA-Quezon City; and Ms. Grace A. Baldoza, Deputy Program Manager of K to 12 DOLE AMP Program Management Office.
During the event, participants were informed of the K to 12 Government Mitigation Programs and were given the opportunity to raise their questions and concerns during the open fora.
Through the presentations, the speakers explained and emphasized the objectives of their respective programs.
The Development Grants of CHED aims to mitigate the adverse impact of the transition on labor and upgrade the quality of higher education through Scholarship for Graduate Studies and Professional Advancement, Faculty Development Grants, Retraining for Senior High School and Innovation Grants for Institutions.
DepEd Green Lane Program, on the other hand, aims to prioritize and fast-track hiring of displaced HEI Personnel into DepEd Senior High Schools.
TESDA TVET Programs aim to facilitate the skills training, assessment, and certification of HEI faculty who would want to teach certain qualifications under the tech-voc track in Senior High Schools. Through these programs, TESDA will also facilitate partnership arrangements between basic education institutions and technical-vocational institutions in the implementation of the tech-voc track in Senior High School.
DOLE, through the K to 12 DOLE Adjustment Program, aims to support displaced HEI Personnel in their transition to full-time or self employment through Financial Support, Employment Facilitation, and Training and Livelihood from TESDA’s TVET Programs and DOLE Kabuhayan Program.
The Roadshow concluded with the closing message of Atty. Angela Lysa L. Balacano, Inter-Agency Lead of CHED K to 12 Program Management Unit (PMU), where she encouraged everyone to help the government effectively implement and improve the K to 12 mitigation programs primarily by availing these programs, reporting other affected HEI personnel who may also benefit from the government programs, and disseminating the information to higher education institutions and other affected personnel.
Lovely Rosenil G. Dumagan, K to 12 DOLE AMP Program Management Office Technical Staff
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