Addressing the New York Stock Exchange Economic Forum on Tuesday, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. assured United States business leaders he would further improve the Philippines’ education system to equip learners the vital skills they need.
Marcos acknowledged the need to focus more attention on honing students’ skills to make them ready when they enter the industry’s workforce, adding that requiring effective technical proficiency training in schools would encourage “more foreign investors to invest in the Philippines.
“We will still continue to improve our country’s education system in terms of the technical side, the technical side of our workforce’s training,” he said.
Marcos issued the statement, as he recognized that Filipino workers are the country’s “best assets” especially in sustaining economic transformation and growth. He assured he will focus on “investing on our young people” by providing them proper training opportunities and sound skills training to make even “more competitive anywhere in the world and for our partners and allies.”
Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles, in a video uploaded on her official Facebook page, said President Marcos has directed the Department of Education (DepEd) to make sure learners get equipped with proper skills that would make them productive members of society.
Trade Secretary Alfredo Pascual, for his part, said courses being offered in college should be job-oriented, stressing that graduates need to have “specific qualities required by jobs.”