Prepare for Asean integration – PRC-A A +A
By JM Agreda
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
FILIPINO professionals were recently told to look into their individual competitiveness amid the forthcoming free movement of labor in Southeast Asia by 2015.
Professional Regulations Commission chairperson Teresita Manzala said the country’s professionals must start preparing for 2015 when the country becomes freely integrated with other neighboring countries.
By 2015, aside from the reduction and eventual elimination of import tariffs for the movement of goods and other products in the Asean region, there will also be a free flow of services across member-countries, said Manzala.
Manzala, who was keynote speaker in the recent pre-conference of Filipino professionals in Northern Luzon, said among the professionals able to practice their professions in neighboring Asean countries after completing accreditation and practicing their professions for a required number of years include doctors, dentists, engineers, nurses among many other professions.
While countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia for example have trained their engineers to be ready and capable of integrating into the Asean community, Filipino engineers, she said, are lagging in terms of preparing their capabilities for integration and work in other neighboring countries.
This poses a risk for local professionals which she said might be replaced by multinational companies based in the Philippines for more competitive professionals from other Asean countries.
To address this, she said the PRC she said has been preparing Filipino professionals by emphasizing their need to continued professional education as well attend seminars, workshops and come up with tangible outputs to upgrade their competencies.
By 2015, she stressed Filipino professionals will be measured not by the competency of the educational institution or the names of their schools and colleges but on their individual competencies as certified by PRC.
As the country's biggest asset, human resources need to be upgraded come 2015 especially for some 3.5 million Filipino professionals to also be able to work and practice their professions in other Asean-member countries.
Manzala also pointed out the important role of every Filipino skilled worker and professional, not only in preparing the country for Asean Economic Community 2015, but also in the achievement of the Philippine Development Plan.
The pre-conference, held in partnership with the Philippine Association of Professional Regulatory Board Members, Inc., adopted the theme, “Empowering the Professionals toward the ASEAN Economic Community 2015.”
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 04, 2013.