Gatchalian pushes for graduates’ global competitiveness

Gatchalian pushes for graduates’ global competitiveness

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Senator Win Gatchalian is set to file the substitute bill on
the proposed Second Congressional Commission on Education (EDCOM 2)
which will undertake a comprehensive assessment and evaluation of the
entire education sector’s performance and boost global

EDCOM 2 will review the observance of the mandates of the Department
of Education (DepEd), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and
the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for a
more harmonized and coordinated education ecosystem. It will also look
at the role of digital transformation in education.

“Given the fact that labor markets are becoming increasingly global
and workers are able to move from one place to another, quality does
not simply equate to meeting locally set standards anymore. Quality
now equates to being globally competitive,” said Gatchalian in a
roundtable discussion hosted by the University of the Philippines
Center for Integrative and Development Studies.

“Employment mobility is becoming the norm now. Access and exposure to
the internet can get one employed in other countries,” he added.

The chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and
Culture said EDCOM 2 must address the question: how do we ensure that
higher education graduates are globally competitive?

For Gatchalian, boosting global competitiveness among the country’s
graduates requires aligning the country’s qualifications framework to
internationally recognized qualification standards. He pointed out how
the Philippine Qualifications Framework (PQF) was designed to align
with the ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework. This is to ensure
that graduates are equipped with competencies and skills that would
make them globally competitive.

Under Republic Act No. 10968 or the PQF Act, the PQF was
institutionalized and established to describe the levels of
educational qualifications and set standards for qualification
outcomes. The PQF is a quality assured national system for the
development, recognition, and awards of qualification based on
standards of knowledge, skills, and values acquired in different ways
and methods by workers and learners of the country.

Gatchalian said that in the draft substitute bill on EDCOM 2, the
the commission will be tasked to ensure compliance with the ASEAN
Qualifications Reference Framework, which enables comparisons of
education qualifications across participating ASEAN Member States.

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