ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework promotes lifelong learning, mobility of learners and professionals

July 14, 2017

MANILA, July 14, 2017 – Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones recently underscored the importance of the alignment of the Philippine Qualifications Framework (PQF) to those of other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Member States in supporting lifelong learning and the mobility of Filipino learners and workers.
“We continue to march along with other ASEAN member states. This effort aims to harmonize our own qualifications framework to those of other ASEAN member countries, enable to promote lifelong learning and to make it possible for our learners and professionals to go from one country to another based on a harmonized framework,” Briones stated.
Briones, together with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Deputy Director General Rosanna Urdaneta, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairperson Patricia Licuanan, Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Chairman TeofiloPilando, Jr., emphasized this during the Second Technical Expert Workshop and ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF) Committee Meeting press conference on July 12 at the New World Manila Bay Hotel in Manila.
AQRF Chair Mr. Julaihi Bin Mohamad of Brunei Darussalam and Vice Chair Megawati Santosa of Indonesia also joined the Philippine government agency officials in discussing the focus and the purpose of convening this technical workshop and meeting.
The AQRF is a mechanism that enables comparison and eventual recognition of education qualifications across participating ASEAN member states for student and worker mobility. The AQRF Committee is responsible for considering referencing reports submitted by each participating ASEAN member state, promoting lifelong learning and quality assurance processes, addressing emerging regional and international qualifications framework issues, and capacity building.
Moreover, Chair Mohammad acknowledged that each of the 10 ASEAN member countries has different educational systems, and a platform—the AQRF—is needed to better understand all of those.
“The mobility of learners and workers can be facilitated if there is a concrete understanding between all the member states’ educational system, which can be achieved through a mechanism [AQRF],” Chair Mohammad said.
Expression of unity, trust
Furthermore, Briones highlighted that this effort boosts the level of trust and unity among the member states, “While this appears to be a technical workshop, it's really an expression of unity and concern for each other's level of learnings for our students and graduates.”
“We are really putting into practice the adage that ‘no one should be left behind.’ No country will be left behind in the ASEAN group,” Briones added.
Briones also mentioned that this meeting is held at a very interesting time in the Philippines, and pressed that, “Whatever is going on in our country, we must continue implementing various educational reforms.”
The Second Technical Expert Workshop and AQRF Committee Meeting were held from July 12 to 13, and the Conference on Mobility in ASEAN: Referencing and Recognition of Qualifications will be held on July 14 at the New World Manila Bay Hotel in Manila.