Signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between PUM Netherlands Senior Experts and the Philippine Printing Technical Foundation (PPTF)

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Signing of Memorandum of Agreement between PUM Netherlands Senior Experts represented here by Ms. Mieke Schrijver, country representative for the Philippines, seated third from right and the Philippine Printing Technical Foundation, Inc. (PPTF) represented here by its president, Atty. Dominador D. Buhain, seated third from left. Other witnesses are seated from left, Zoilo Galang, Chief of QSO of TESDA, Bernabe A. Kitane II, Industry Coordinator on the development of TR, George A. Lora, Vice President, PPTF and Marites D. Liwanag, Auditor, PPTF. Standing from left, Atty. Kathryn T. Elemen, PPTF Legal Counsel, Kervin O. Valero, PPTF, Press Relations Officer, Arlene T. Besmonte, PPTF Assistant Corporate Secretary, Maria Fe I. Canton, PPTF Trustee, Malu Enriquez, PUM Philippine Representative for Luzon and Ben Heuer, PUM Representative.
PUM Netherlands Senior Experts is a Dutch non-profit organization committed to the sustainable development of small and medium-size enterprises in developing countries and emerging markets. PUM offers practical expertise within the most important sectors of the economy, giving primary attention to producers and consumers. Personal attention and reliability are key qualities of its approach. Always with respect for humans, culture and the environment.
PUM was established in 1978 by the Dutch employers’ federation VNO-NCW. They work with volunteers who have gained more than 30 years of experience in business, and are dedicated in sharing their knowledge with entrepreneurs who cannot afford to pay for commercial consultants. Ms. Mieke Schijver, country representative for the Philippines, represents PUM.
The Philippine Printing Technical Foundation (PPTF), is a Filipino non-stock and non-profit organization established in 1967 to improve the quality of manpower skills in the printing industry thru training, conferences and symposium. PPTF is represented by its President, Atty. Dominador D. Buhain.
PUM and PPTF had agreed to become partners in implementing a project in the development of the Training Regulations (TR) of the various critical technical skilled areas intended for the printing industry. The Training Regulations will serve as basis for the:
  • Competency assessment and certification;
  • Registration and delivery of training programs; and
  • Development of curriculum and assessment instrument.
In other words, the TR will serve as guidelines for all printing schools or any learning institutions intended for the development and training of manpower skills for the printing industry under the supervision of the Technical Skills and Development Authority (TESDA). The TR will serve as the foundation in regulating the appropriate course curriculum for all printing schools and training centers. It will also serve as the basis wherein the level of competencies is being certified for all production workers in printing by undergoing Trade Skills Standardization Testing conducted by a certified Trade Testing Officer and will be issued certification by TESDA attesting the level of their competency.
The printing industry as a whole has generally been undergoing enormous structural and technological changes for several years. Apart from the changes affecting the traditional printing sector, the integration of new media (e.g., CD-ROMs, online services) into existing product offers represents the greatest challenge to the graphic arts industry in the years to come. The industry trends are moving towards automation. With automation, two problems of technological unemployment and the need for upgrading and redirection of needed skills. The printing and publishing industry in the Philippines is constrained by lack offormal training of managerial and technical personnel, and inadequate investment innew technology.
The growing acceptance of and preference for technical jobs by the local populace can also be considered another major factor affecting this project. A great number of Filipinos have shifted their interest from white to blue-collar jobs due to the reduced opportunities for the former. The emergence of many locally established vocational-technical schools as well as their growing enrollment provides adequate proof of this trend.
PPTF will receive assistance from PUM for a 3 years work plan to fulfill the needed help in the development of the TR by:
  • Providing technical experts/advisors that will assist PPTF in developing the Training Regulations (TR) for the different occupational skills area needed by the printing industry for TESDA’s approval and endorsement.
  • Assistance to the industry in the establishment of a comprehensive formal training program or competency-based curriculum that will complement the requirements of professionalized manpower occupational skills of the printing industry.
    • Assistance in the development of training materials and assessment tools that will aid the trainers in conducting the training program and certification of their skill’s competencies level.
The project aims to create a concrete plan included in the proposed road map of the printing industry for the next 5 years. This could be the answer to the long awaited aspiration to have a law that would regulate and protect the industry. It will hopefully serve as guideposts in meeting the requirements of ASEAN INTEGRATION. The ASEAN Economic Community 2015 has so much potential for industries in the country especially the printing and the publishing industry. The fast growing supply chain in the region is potential for the industry.
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