Guv lauds TESDA as a ‘transformative agency’

Gov. Hilario Davide III underscored three reasons the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is fast gaining its new image as a transformative agency.

All three have to do with technical vocational educational and training, or TVET.

Davide said TVET can go a long way in helping not only the workers and their families but also the country’s economy. The economic objective is increased productivitiy.

TVET can also become instruments of structural change, said Davide. This means workers have the choice of moving on to other jobs already equipped with the appropriate skills required by their new jobs.

The globally competitive training provided by technical vocation, Davide added, provides skills meant to equalize earning disparities, such as raising the workers’ chances for better salaries.

Financial and economic benefits aren’t the only rewards. In the long run, better paid workers redound to less crimes and better health care.

The Cebu Governor was speaker at the recently concluded First National Quality TVET forum at J Centre Mall in Mandaue City. The event carried the theme, “Raising the Quality of  TVET: A key to Regional Economic Integration and Global Excellence”.

Under the leadership of Sec. Joel Villanueva, TESDA has reduced social bias against vocational education and training.

There is pride now in training with TESDA that has seen the transformation of a “tambay” to world-class mechatronics, a jeepney barker to a mechanic in Australia, a housewife to a heavy equipment operator trainor, a physically handicapped man to a call center agent, a former overseas Filipino worker to an owner of five branches of massage therapy parlor, and a balot vendor to a web developer trainer and Villanueva himself to a coffee barista.

According to Villanueva, TVET graduates are now in a better life than before. There are now 4,635 private and public technical and vocational schools with a total of 20,329 regular programs.

Davide thanked TESDA for the skills programs because among those who availed of training are thousands of Cebuanos. He, 6th Dist. Rep. Luigi Quisumbing and Villanueva congratulated some of them after winning in a recently concluded culinary skills competition. Fides Palecte