Tulong Trabaho Law signed; act grants free tech-voc education

By Vanne Elaine Terrazola

Senator Joel Villanueva on Wednesday lauded the signing into law of the bill that would grant free access to technical-vocational education.

President Duterte was reported to have signed last February 22 the Republic Act No. 11230 or the Act Instituting a Philippine Labor Force Competencies Competitiveness Program and Free Access to Technical-Vocational Education and Training (TVET), simply known as as “Tulong Trabaho Act”.

Senator Joel Villanueva gestures during the Senate Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources Development hearing on the deaths of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), February 21,2018.(Czar Dancel / MANILA BULLETIN)
Senator Joel Villanueva (CZAR DANCEL / MANILA BULLETIN)

The law sets up a fund that finances scholarships of workers to training programs as needed by industries.

Villanueva, chair of the Senate Committee on Labor and sponsor of the Senate version of the measure, thanked the President as he said that the newly-signed law would improve the skills and guarantee jobs for Filipino workers.

“Dahil sa mekanismo na nakalatag sa batas, garantisado po ang trabaho dahil paglalaanan ng pondo ang mga tech-voc programs na akma sa pangangailangan ng ating mga Industriya. Itataguyod nito ang isang market-driven na sistema sa paglaan ng scholarship funds, kaya makakatiyak tayo na may trabahong mag-aantay sa ating mga TVET scholars,” Villanueva said in a statement.

“We thank the President and our colleagues in Congress for supporting our advocacy of providing better access to tech-voc training,” he continued.

RA 11230 is expected to address unemployment and job-mismatch through creation of a Philippine Labor Force Competencies Competitiveness Program, which would assess the prevailing requirement of industries, with the help of the Department of Labor and Employment.

A Tulong Trabaho Fund would be granted to qualified recipients for the full payment of fees for the selected training programs. The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) oversee its distribution.

Among those qualified to avail of assistance from the Tulong Trabaho Fund are:

(a) any individual at least fifteen (15) years of age who are not employed, not in education and not in training (NEET), and

(b) employed workers, who intend to develop and expand their current skills and training.

“With the signing of Tulong Trabaho Law, we look forward to TESDA producing more tech-voc graduates and become skilled workers that our labor market needs. The next step here is to craft the implementing rules and regulations of the law so that the programs get a head start,” Villanueva said.