The Philippine Qualifications Framework (PQF) is a quality-assured national system for the development, recognition, and award of qualifications based on standards of knowledge, skills, and values acquired in different ways and methods by learners and workers of the country.It is a national policy describing the levels of educational qualifications and setting standards for qualification outcomes.
The PQF is expected to reshape the educational system; the skills and training competencies, and the mobility and job-readiness of workers;as well as the general landscape of the labor market in response to the major demographic shifts brought about by the Fourth Industrial Revolution and other economic policies. Through the adoption of national standards and the development and maintenance of qualifications pathways and equivalencies, learners and workers are equipped to move easily and readily between the different education and training sectors within these fields and the labor market.
The implementation of the PQF shall enhance workers’ employability by ensuring that their qualifications are relevant to perceived social and economic needs. In addition, the national qualifications framework supports the national and international mobility of workers as it strengthens proper recognition of the value and comparability of skills and qualifications of Overseas Filipino Workers.
The Philippine Qualifications Framework – National Coordinating Council (NCC), composed of agency principals from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE),the Department of Education(DepEd), the Commission of Higher Education (CHED), the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), and theTechnical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), approved the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Republic Act No. 10968 during its regular NCC meeting on 15 January 2019 at the SEAMEO INNOTECH Commonwealth Ave. Diliman, Quezon City. Last 2 April 2019, the IRR was signed by all the member agency principals, and is set to take effect 15 days from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette or any two newspapers of general circulation.
Salient features of the approved PQF IRR include the institutionalization of the PQF through the creations of the PQF-NCC and its Working Groups, a review of the present PQF, and the establishment of a permanent Technical Secretariat.