Implementing Rules and Regulations of Executive Order No. 83, s. 2012

IMPLEMENTING RULES AND REGULATIONS OF EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 83,
Series of 2012, OR THE “INSTITUTIONALIZATION OF THE PHILIPPINE
QUALIFICATIONS FRAMEWORK”

Pursuant to the provisions of Executive Order No. 83, series of 2012, “Institutionalization of the Philippine Qualifications Framework” signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III on the 1st day of October, 2012 which took effect upon its publication, conformably to Section 3 thereof, the Department of Education (DepEd), the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), hereby issue the following rules and regulations to guide the implementation of the Order.

RULE I. PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS

Section 1. Title

This issuance shall be referred to as the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Executive Order No. 83, series of 2012, or the “Institutionalization of the Philippine Qualifications Framework.”

Section 2. Construction

These rules and regulations shall be liberally construed as to carry out the objectives of the Order which is stated in Section 1 thereof:

The Philippine Qualifications Framework (PQF) is hereby established with the following objectives: 1) To adopt national standards and levels for outcomes of education; 2) To support the development and maintenance of pathways and equivalencies which, provide access to qualifications and assist people to move easily and readily between the different education and training sectors and between these sectors and the labor market; and, 3) To align the PQF with international qualifications framework to support the national and international mobility of workers through increased recognition of the value and comparability of Philippine qualifications.”

Section 3. Definition of Terms

For purposes of this issuance, the following definitions shall be adopted:

3.1. Order refers to Executive Order No. 83, series of 2012 or “Institutionalization of the Philippine Qualifications Framework.”

3.2. IRR refers to the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Executive Order No. 83, series of 2012.

3.3. Committee refers to the Philippine Qualifications Framework National Coordinating Committee.

3.4. Secretariat refers to the permanent technical secretariat organized from the present staff complements of DepEd, TESDA, PRC, DOLE, and CHED.

3.5. DepEd refers to the Department of Education.

3.6. TESDA refers to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

3.7. CHED refers to the Commission on Higher Education.

3.8. DOLE refers to the Department of Labor and Employment.

3.9. PRC refers to the Professional Regulation Commission.

3.10. PQF refers to the Philippine Qualifications Framework, a national policy which describes the levels of educational qualifications and sets the standards for qualification outcomes.

3.11. Basic Education refers to the education intended to meet basic learning needs which lays the foundation on which subsequent learning can be based. It encompasses early childhood, elementary and high school education as well as alternative learning systems for out-of-school youth and adult learners and includes education for those with special needs. (RA No. 9155 S. 2011)

3.12. Technical Vocational Education and Training refers to the education process where it involves, in addition to general education, the study of technologies and related sciences and the acquisition of practical skills relating to occupations in various sectors of economic life and social life, comprises formal (organized programs as part of the school system) and non-formal (organized classes outside the school system) approaches (UNESCO)

3.13. Higher Education refers to the stage of formal education requiring secondary and post-secondary education covering the programs on: (a) all courses of study leading to bachelor’s degree and (b) all degree courses of study beyond bachelor’s degree level.

3.14. Qualification refers to a package of competencies describing a particular function or job role existing in an economic sector, covering the work activities required to undertake a particular job role.

3.15. Trifocalized Education and Training refers to the three levels of Philippine education system: basic education, technical-vocational education and training, and higher education.

Section 4. Key Objectives of the Philippine Qualifications Framework

1. Establishes national standards and levels for outcomes of education and training, specializations, skills and competencies.

2. Provides national regulatory and quality assurance arrangements for education and training.

3. Supports the development and maintenance of pathways and equivalencies which provide access to qualifications.

4. Supports individual lifelong learning goals by providing the basis for individuals to progress through education and training.

5. Aligns the PQF with international qualifications framework to support the international mobility of learners and workers through increased recognition of the value and comparability of Philippine qualifications.

RULE II. COVERAGE

Section 5. Applicability

This IRR shall apply to:

5.1 All sectors, levels, and modes of delivery of the Philippines’ trifocalized education system: basic education, technical vocational education and training, and higher education; and

5.2 All institutions and systems which provide trainings, specializations, skills and competencies, professional experience or through life-long learning.

Section 6. Participation of Industry Sector

Pursuant to Section 4 of the Order, industry sector representatives of various associations and chambers, shall be consulted and engaged in the detailing and application of the PQF to ensure alignment of educational outcomes to job requirements.

RULE III. ORGANIZATION

Section 7. The PQF National Coordinating Committee

By virtue of Section 2 of EO No. 83, s. 2012, the PQF National Coordinating Committee was created to be chaired by the Secretary of the Department of Education (DepEd) with the members comprised of the Director-General of TESDA, Chairpersons of CHED and PRC, and Secretary of DOLE.

Section 8. Powers and Functions of the Committee

1. Creates technical working groups in support of the detailing and implementation of the PQF

2. Harmonizes the levels of qualifications with all levels of education

3. Aligns education standards and learning outcomes to the level descriptors contained herein

4. Develops and recognizes pathways and equivalencies

5. Discuss and agree on the elements of the PQF including but not limited to their principles, key features, definitions or terminologies, structure and governance arrangements

6. Review and update the PQF

7. Provides information and guidelines in the implementation of the PQF

8. Establishes a quality assurance mechanism

9. Maintains the national registry of qualified manpower

10. Ensures the international alignment of the PQF with the qualification frameworks of other countries.

11. Represents the country in international fora or negotiations on qualification agreements/arrangements

12. Provides regular feedback on the progress and accomplishments to the Office of the President with respect to the implementation of the Order.

13. Perform such other functions that may be related to the implementation of the PQF

Section 9. The Technical Secretariat

Pursuant to Section 8 of EO No. 83, s. 2012, a permanent technical secretariat shall be organized from the present staff complements of DepEd, TESDA, and CHED to ensure efficient and effective implementation. DOLE and PRC shall designate a permanent representative to the technical secretariat.

Section 10. Functions of the Secretariat

10.1 Provide technical and administrative support to the Committee;

10.2 Engage the services of technical experts; and

10.3 Perform such other functions as the Committee may deem necessary.

Section 17. Effectivity Clause

These rules and regulations shall take effect fifteen (15) days from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette or in two (2) newspapers of general circulation.

Signed this 17th of December, 2012 in Manila, Philippines.

(Sgd.) BR. ARMIN A. LUISTRO FSC
Secretary, DepEd

(Sgd.) ROSALINDA DIMAPILIS-BALDOZ
Secretary, DOLE

(Sgd.) PATRICIA C. LICUANAN, Ph.D.
Chairperson, CHED

(Sgd.) EMMANUEL JOEL J. VILLANUEVA
Director General, TESDA

(Sgd.) TERESITA R. MANZADA
Chairperson, PRC

Reference: Attachment A. Detailed 8-Level Descriptors

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