October 21, 2018

The Technical Education and Skills Development Program (TESDA) is set to expand the implementation of the Dual Training System and Dualized Training Program (DTS/DTP) for technical vocational education training (TVET) in the country.

This will be among the topics to be discussed at the “Industry Forum on DTS Implementation” which will be held at the Hotel Jen in Pasay City on Oct. 24, 2018, during the celebration of the DTS Week.  The theme for this year’s celebration is “DTS Talaga ang Swak.”

The DTS Week is an annual celebration led by TESDA which honors the contributions of public and private technical vocational institutions (TVIs) and their industry partners in the implementation of DTS as an effective way to shape the country's workforce.

“The forum aims to create ways to encourage industries and discuss initiatives on how to expand the participation of stakeholders in the implementation of DTS in the county,” according to TESDA Deputy Director General for Partnerships and Linkages Rebecca J. Calzado.

“It also aims to strengthen the cooperation of stakeholders in the implementation of the DTS as the training delivery mode in molding future Filipino workers, and to further promote widespread DTS implementation,” added Calzado.

The forum is held in response to the published policy paper of the World Bank (WB) entitled “Who Benefits from Dual Training Systems Evidence from the Philippines” in which it was mentioned by Takiko Igarashi, WB Education Specialist, author of the article, and Dr. Pablo Ariel Acosta, Ph.D, WB Senior Economist, that the DTS delivery system can provide opportunities for the Filipino youth, especially those who are having difficulties in the academic subjects of basic education.

Based on the study, the DTS due to its practical training aspect, may be able to solve youth unemployment and skills gap problems in the Philippines particularly for those who have finished vocational training or high school education.

Among those invited as speakers to the forum are Dr. Pablo Ariel Acosta and Dr. Alberto Fenix, Jr. from the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI).

The DTS is based on a German model wherein training is conducted in two venues, namely the school and its partner company or companies.

Under the DTS, the school and company will collaborate in designing the curriculum and other plans to respond to the needs of the firm. At least 40 percent of the training will done in-school and 60 percent will be provided by the company via in-plant training.

Republic Act 7686 (Dual Training System Act of 1994) was signed into law on February 25, 1994 by former President Fidel V. Ramos to enforce the Dual Training System as an instructional delivery system for TVET trainees.

In order to expand and strengthen enterprise-based training programs, TESDA issued the guidelines in the implementation of the Dual Training System and Dualized Training Programs in Oct. 18, 2012.

At present, there are 110 TVIs implementing DTS/DTP nationwide. Region lll has the highest number with 56; Region lV-A, 21; and Region 9, 9.

There are 876 DTS/DTP industry partners nationwide with the most number being in Region lll with 186; Region X, 160; National Capital Region (NCR), 147 and Region ll, 132 industry partners.

The five areas with the highest number of companies that implement DTS/DTP are Tourism, 316; Electrical and Electronics, 233; Metals and Engineering, 89; Automotive and Land Transportation, 68; Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery, 40.

Since 2013 up to January-September 2018, there were 88,947 enrollees and 72,607 graduates under DTS/DTP.

The National Recognition for Exemplary Implementation of Dual Training System (DTS) will also be launched during the forum.

In the program, presentations will be given by the Punlaan School in San Juan City a pioneer in implementing DTS for the hotel and restaurant industry since in 1993, as well as by the St. Peregrine Institute of Cavite.  A presentation will likewise be given by the Dualtech Training Center in Laguna, a DTS pioneer as well in technical training that started in 1982 with their Electromechanics course.

Also expected to grace the event are representatives from TVIs, industry and DTS focal persons from Region lll, lV-A and NCR (DTS and non-DTS implementers), related agencies of the government, and other stakeholders.