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Understanding ASEAN MRA Toolbox for Tourism and Hospitality Professionals

September 13,2017

The Saturday morning In-Service Training on “Understanding ASEAN MRA Toolbox for Tourism and Hospitality Professionals” was delivered by Ms. Noemi Cancio, ASEAN Master Trainer at the Pres. Corazon Aquino Boardroom Friedenshaus Hotel Shool on 5th August 2017. The I-Hoteleires Faculty were all present from the Full-Load to Part Time Professors.

The purposes of this seminar-workshop were to explain the relationship of the Professional Qualification Framework (PQF) to Higher Education; Interpret how the ASEAN will impact education, training & careers in tourism & hospitality; Develop a Matrix in utilizing the Toolboxes to transform into a Competency-based Curriculum; and Make use of the Resources of the Toolboxes to design a Training Plan/Syllabus.

The session started by introducing the ASEAN MRA Awareness. The Master Trainer shared about the 1) historical development of ASEAN Integration 2015, 2) Key Agencies involved in implementing the ASEAN MRA for tourism professionals, 3) Philippine updates on the ASEAN MRA Tourism Professional, 4) TESDA-DOT collaborations, 5) other countries updates on ASEAN MRA for tourism professional and 6) TESDA and its role in the ASEAN MRA for tourism professionals.

On the second part, T Philippine Qualification Framework and the plans of TESDA in harmonizing and aligning themselves to the ASEAN competency standards were presented.  Moreover, the session also tapped PQF relevance to CHED/TESDA/K-12 and CHED Ladderized Education Program (LEP) and Outcome-Based Education (OBE).

The workshop covered ASEAN Competencies vis-à-vis TESDA Qualifications, Toolbox resources and Packaging Rules for an NCIII Qualifications on Food and Beverage Service, Tour Operations and Food Productions.

Quality education is vital under the ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint particularly if ASEAN is transformed into a highly competitive single market and production base. Thus, the Institute of Hotel, Leisure and Restaurant Management  is ready to offer updated and outcomes-based college curriculum to prepare students that will be regionally and globally competitive  and to ensure that our students develop both the skills a sound education provides and the competencies essential for success and leadership in the emerging creative economy.

By: Musicdawag