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Petilla bats for professionalization of vocational, technical occupations

Tacloban City (October 1) -– Congresswoman Petilla of the First District of the Province of Leyte is working for the professionalization of vocational and technical occupations.

This was learned from Congresswoman Petilla during the Education and LGU Collaboration Conference held recently at the Department of Education Regional Office 8.

The Lady Solon revealed that she is the principal author of House Bill 04869 in Congress which is called the “Professionalization of Vocational and Technical Occupations Act of 2005.” The bill is an act regulating the practice of all vocational and technical occupations, creating a vocational and technical licensing commission, appropriating funds therefore and for other purposes.

Congresswoman Petilla said that she envisions that the practice of vocational occupations should entitle the practitioner to become a professional in her vocational field of endeavor.

This will hopefully erase the stereotype notion of many people who look down at vocational and technical courses as a second class way of earning a living. With the passage of this bill, after a number of years practicing the vocational or technical occupation, will entitle a person to be called a professional.

“Through the bill, we will soon have professional mechanics, professional make-up artists, professional welders, professional technicians and many other professionals,” the Lady Solon said.

Whether people will accept it or not, the graduates of vocational and technical courses, land a job faster and easier, than the graduates of baccalaureate courses. Besides, for poor families, it is also easier to send the children to vocational and technical schools than to colleges and universities.

This will also be a plus factor for the students who cannot qualify the Intelligence Quotient required by the colleges and universities before they are accepted to college. Many students are also disappointed when doors to college education are closed to them because they are unable to pass the entrance examinations.

The bill of Congresswoman Petilla will keep the sun shining for these young people because even if they are not college graduates they will still have the chance of becoming professionals. (PIA 8) [top]

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