TESDA to give free skills training to PWDs, members of media and kin

admin   •   February 16, 2017   •   10677

MANILA — The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) have signed on Wednesday, an agreement to give free skills training to persons with disabilities (PWDs) nationwide.

The Training for Work Scholarship Program will help PWDs acquire the national certificate necessary for job application in the country and even abroad.

“We will consult with industry — the employers, the groups generating jobs in this country. We will make sure that there is no discrimination,” said TESDA Director General Secretary Guiling “Gene” Mamondiong.

“They [PWDs] are also human beings deserving the assistance of the government as well as the private sector.”

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Also this afternoon, TESDA and the National Press Club of the Philippines (NPCP) signed an agreement that would provide free skills training program for the press and their dependents.

TESDA will proceed with preparing the curriculum as well as the trainers for the opening of TESDA’S skills training program to persons with disabilities and members of the media and their dependents. — UNTV News and Rescue

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Lawmakers ask for additional fund for TESDA in 2020 budget

Maris Federez   •   August 29, 2019

Several members of the House of Representatives are pushing for an increase in the budget of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) next year.

This will ensure that a larger number of Filipinos will be provided more job opportunities, whether locally or abroad.

From the original 2020 budget allocation of P19.9-billion for TESDA, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) only allotted P11.75-billion for the agency.

This prompted TESDA Director-General Isidro Lapena to appeal against such reduction to the House Committee on Appropriations during its deliberation on the said budget.

“We will appeal for more budget so that we can access and provide more assistance to more Filipinos. You cannot give a job or a livelihood without going through training,” he said.

Among the items in the proposed TESDA budget which the DBM reduced is the request for mobile training laboratories that will go to far-flung areas to provide training to those who are interested to take technical-vocational courses.

Of 63 mobile training laboratories requested, only 10 were approved by the DBM.

Lapena said the P11.8-B proposed budget for TESDA does not cover the funding for the implementation of the Tulong Trabaho Act and some other programs of the agency.

Bagong Henerasyon Partylist Representative Bernadette Herrera-Dy didn’t let this slide.

“There is a law na kailangang i-set aside ang pondo na ito [There is a law that seeks to set aside such budget]. So I’m wondering why it was slashed out by the DBM considering this was signed by the President,” she said.

RECOBODA Partylist Rep. Godofred Guya said, “Dapat siguro, Mr. Chair, baliktarin natin [I think, Mr. Chair, we have to reverse this]. We have to give more budget for skills training because if we are going to look out sa unemployed ang dami pa [to the (number of) unemployed, there is still a lot].”

The committee chair promised to consider the recommendation to increase the TESDA fund, which will be heard in the plenary session next month. (from the report of Joan Nano) /mbmf

Villanueva calls on TESDA to adapt to changing labor market needs

Robie de Guzman   •   August 27, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Joel Villanueva on Tuesday called on the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to adapt to the needs of the labor market.

During a Senate privilege speech, Villanueva challenged TESDA to listen to the changing needs of the labor market in order for the public to appreciate the value of technical vocational sector and help students navigate their careers.

He also called on TESDA officials to embrace the challenge that lay ahead of the agency, particularly equipping trainees with skills which are in-demand in the job market.

“I challenge our Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) workers, especially our TESDA employees and officials who are present here today: Continue to pour your hearts out to the cause of TVET,” said Villanueva, who chairs the Senate Committee on Labor, Employment, and Human Resources Development.

“I always believe that it all starts from aspiring higher and striving harder. We should take part in the struggle; all of us. Let us applaud the success of our Tech-Voc graduates because they bring us hope.”

In line with his call, the senator outlined an action plan that “tweaks the education and training systems to respond to the demands of the changing labor market which is gearing up for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

Villanueva, a former TESDA Secretary, likewise underscored the importance of linking training with the needs of industries, especially on qualifications “pertaining to the use of innovative or additive technologies.”

He also asked technical-vocational and education stakeholders to study and integrate enterprise-based training to provide students a more realistic understanding of the career path they intend to pursue once they finish their studies.

Villanueva said he is eyeing to file a bill that incorporates the TESDA-administered Enterprise-Based Training programs, and expand the provision of training programs being implemented within companies.

“We must focus training on science and innovation so that our graduates can keep up with workplace changes,” the senator explained. “We can do this by creating more or helping our best TESDA Technology Institutions morph into centers of excellence and by recruiting trainors who understand industry, business, and the workplace.”

The senator also stressed the importance of web-based training in expanding access of people to TVET, saying it pins down the value of independent learning among Filipinos, which plants the seeds of lifelong learning.

“It will develop the skills required in our fast-becoming ‘uber-economy’ as manifested by the call center jobs and telecommuting or work-from-home setups,” Villanueva said.

PNP-AKG personnel to undergo Mandarin training in China

Maris Federez   •   August 26, 2019

The Philippine National Police will start sending Anti-Kidnapping Group personnel to China for a training in Mandarin.

Initially, three AKG personnel will be sent to China for the lessons.

PNP-AKG spokesperson Plt.Col. Elmer Cereno said that having their men learn Mandarin is to enable them to properly conduct investigations, especially since most victims in recent kidnapping incidents were Chinese.

Cereno added that as a result of the training, they can cut back on expenses as it will no longer be necessary for them to hire interpreters in rescuing kidnap victims and apprehending the kidnappers who are all Chinese.

“Ito yung nagiging problema natin pag may mga nare-rescue tayong mga Chinese saka pag may nahuhuli tayong kidnappers na Chinese din kailangan muna nating humingi ng tulong sa MRDO o kayay mag- hire tayo ng interpreter para maimbestigahan at malaman kung ano talaga ang punot-dulo noong pagkidnap sa kanila at bakit sila kinidnap [It’s always a problem during rescue operations when the victims and the kidnappers are both Chinese. We still had to seek help from the MRDO or hire interpreters in conducting investigations],” Cereno added.

The official added that the Chinese Consular office will take care of the expenses of the PNP personnel who will undergo the training in China as part of its assistance to the PNP.

This is also China’s way to help their fellowmen who might fall victim to kidnapping.

The project targets to train 20 AKG officers.

“Hindi lang dito sa Camp Crame, magpapadala rin kami ng mga manggagaling ng Visayas at Mindanao key office naming [Not only (the police ) from Camp Crame but also those from our Visayas and Mindanao key offices],” Cereno added.

Based on PNP-AKG data, around 56 kidnapping incidents and 120 arrested Chinese suspects had been recorded since 2017. (from the report of Lea Ylagan) /mbmf


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