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Metro Baguio

Creation of Cordillera skills institute approved on second reading

The House of Representatives has approved on second reading the establishing of Cordillera State Polytechnic Skills Institute (CSPSI).

House Bill 2141, substituted by HB 7264, creates a State Polytechnic Skills Institute in the region of Cordillera under the supervision of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). The establishment of CSPSI would integrate the TESDA training centers and TESDA-Supervised state run technical-vocational institutions (TVIs) in the said region.

The proposed integration includes the Baguio City of School of Arts and Trades, TESDA Regional Training Center-Baguio City, TESDA Provincial Training Centers in Abra, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga and Mountain Province, the Local Government Unit (LGU) Provincial Training Center in Apayao, and other state-run TVIs in the region.

“The creation of CSPSI would strengthen the country’s technical-vocational education to immediately effect a major shift towards the development of world-class Filipino workforce. This would equipped our people with practical technical skills of global competence and caliber responsive to the needs of both the domestic and global job market and aligned with the ASEAN integration framework and other international agreements for technical-vocational skills,” Go explained.

The Institute, the solon said, will strive to bring about greater industry-academe collaboration and critical partnerships with local and international institutions to forge mutual skills benchmarking standards geared towards obtaining employable skills, gainful employment, practical livelihood and entrepreneurship.

“The establishment of CSPSI is aligned with the recent major developments challenging the Philippine higher and technical-vocational education priorities and mandates making it more viable to support the development needs for a robust inclusive economy of Baguio City and the rest of the integrated localities in the CAR,” Go said. ABN

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