Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 17) – A lawmaker has filed a bill seeking to provide 200 hours of free skills training for everyone, including displaced workers and those who were formerly imprisoned.
Albay Rep. Joey Salceda, chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, filed House Bill No. 7671 or “The 21st Century Skills Act”.
Under the proposed measure, a National Skills Development Program will be established to “provide universal access to annual training programs.” It will focus on job training for emerging or resilient industries.
“This will help modernize our outlook on labor from merely protecting jobs with mere regulation, notwithstanding trends in the economy that could render such jobs useless, to protecting workers by making them ready for the ever-changing jobs of the 21st century,” it says.
The bill states that Filipinos above 15 years old are entitled to a Skills Development Account (SDA). Aside from