Duterte signs free tech-voc training law

President Rodrigo Duterte on February 22 signed Republic Act 11230, An Act Instituting a Philippine Labor Force Competencies Comprehensive Program and Free Access to Technical-Vocational Education and Training (TVET). Republic Act 11230 will be shortly known as Tulong-Trabaho Act.

The act aims to strengthen qualifications of the Filipino workforce to meet the challenges of the rapidly evolving workplaces and work structures.

It also aims to provide for more innovative approaches to TVET linked to requirement of industry to primarily address unemployment and job-skill mismatch.

Those who are qualified for assistance through Tulong-Trabaho Fund are: at least 15 years old who are not employed, not in education and not in training, and employed workers who intend to develop and expand their current skills and trainings.

Workers in enterprise-based companies or industries being trained by their employers shall be excluded from coverage.