ISSDPA Manila Declaration


The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have become the anchor around which United Nations and other inter-governmental organizations, like CPSC, have since tried to link-up their development activities. The Colombo Plan Staff College for Technician Education (CPSC) believes that one of the ways of alleviating poverty is to provide capacity building in relevant technical and vocational skills. Consistent with this stand, CPSC endorses the UNESCO-UNEVOC 2004 Bonn Declaration which reiterates that Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is the “master key” for the alleviation of poverty, promotion of peace, and conservation of the environment, in order to improve the quality of human life and promote sustainable development.

The principal route out of poverty is work and this can be assured through generating employment and/or promoting self-employment. This may be realized by promoting entrepreneurship, sustainable livelihood, technical skills development, and advancement in ICT skills . Policy directives towards these ends ensure appropriate and sustainable implementation of poverty reduction programmes of the public and private sector.
In many parts of the region, innovative initiatives have been developed to achieve the MDGs. Many of these, if shared with other countries, can offer new insights for planning and implementing effective anti-poverty programs.

Successful experiments may be transplanted into various national and cultural setting with provisions for local creativity and innovations.


Colombo Plan Staff College for Technician Education (CPSC), through this International Symposium, aims to provide a venue for discussion and sharing of knowledge and experiences in dealing with the dimensions, issues and approaches in providing relevant and effective skills development interventions for poverty alleviation and in exploring possible solutions to address these concerns.


The objectives of the International Symposium are:
To share best practices in skills development for poverty alleviation;
To learn lessons from experiences and past failures;
To develop curriculum framework for capacity building exercise;
To examine issues and challenges for gainful employment towards poverty alleviation.

International Symposium on
January 25-26, 2008 Philippines

M a n i l a D e c l a r a t i o n


THIS DECLARATION DRAWS special attention to the following specific recommendations of the International Symposium on
Skills Development for Poverty Alleviation:

  1. Strengthen and expand capacity building for the training of trainers in member countries for developing TVET skills needed for poverty alleviation;
  2. Build a strong, broad-based coordinated ICT Skills for education and gainful employment towards developing information capital;
  3. Provide training and development interventions for modularized employable skills for responsiveness to the needs of industries and the labor market;
  4. Advocate strategic public-private-community partnership (PPCP) models at national and local level to address specific programs for poverty alleviation.
  5. Develop skills standards, certification and accreditation for quality assurance and harmonization in TVET to satisfy the labor market needs;
  6. Strengthen and expand capacity building programs specially for women, rural youth, informal economy workers and unorganized sectors towards gainful employment;
  7. Strengthen inclusiveness and regional cooperation in TVET development approaches targeting the marginalized sectors;
  8. Increase human capital and induce self-employment and entrepreneurship development to address the problem of poverty in all sectors;
  9. Improve access to life skills for learners and adults including technical and vocational skills and generic skills;
  10. Expand outreach program integrating flexible learning systems (i.e distance education, e-learning, open learning, and life-long learning programs) to ensure greater access to quality programs.
  11. Strengthen the policy, legal and financial frameworks to provide an enabling environment to alleviate poverty;
  12. Innovate new ideas of utilizing existing resource and architecture to augment the efforts in poverty alleviation.

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