TESDA launches employment platform, 911 TESDA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 31, 2019   •   1966

911 TESDA website: the new app launched by TESDA

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has launched the employment platform, 911 TESDA on Tuesday (July 30) which aims to provide employment opportunities for TESDA graduates.

According to TESDA, the app which will be first available in a new website can help individuals, households, and businesses avail services including carpentry, housekeeping, and programming.

TESDA graduates and other certified workers would first need to be accredited by the digital online service providers (DOSPs) for them to be included in the 911 TESDA.

“When the app is tapped for service, the DOSP would look for the registered worker nearest the area or vicinity. TESDA graduates have the option to work either full time or part time with the DOSP,” according to TESDA’s Facebook post.

The app will first be available in the National Capital Region (NCR) but TESDA said they have plans to expand it nationwide.—AAC

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.

TESDA exec with alleged links to Abu Sayyaf Group nabbed

Marje Pelayo   •   June 25, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – A high-ranking official of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) was nabbed in a joint operation by soldiers and police for illegal possession of explosives in Isabela City, Basilan.

Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Regional Field Unit 9 Chief PCol. Tom Tuzon said the suspect was identified as Muida Hataman, TESDA’s provincial director based in Basilan, believed to have links with the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).

Police Colonel Bernard Banac said Hataman was arrested early morning on Tuesday (June 25) at Barangay San Rafael in Isabela City as a warrant for her arrest was being served.

Seized from the suspect several materials in making explosives such as blasting cap, chemical ingredients, four cellular phones, and two laptop devices.

“Ang suspek ay kasalukuyang nasa kustodiya ng CIDG Region 9 at sumasailalim na po sa imbestigasyon at patuloy na inaalam ang posible pang kasamahan at iba pang gamit sa pampasabog na maaari pang nakatago sa ibang lugar,” PNP Spokesperson PCol. Banac said.

(The suspect is currently under the custody of the CIDG Region 9 and is now being investigated. [Authorities] are looking into some of her possible cohorts and other explosive materials that are still being kept somewhere.)

While the CIDG already received information that Hataman is connected to an ASG sub-unit, authorities are still verifying information regarding her identity as the investigation goes on.

“Patuloy pang inaalam ng mga taga CIDG kung ano ang kanyang background, kung meron ba siyang kinalaman sa grupong ASG at (kung) mayroong kamag anak at bakit nasa possession niya ang mga naturang gamit pampasabog,” Banac said.

(CIDG personnel are still verifying her background – if she has links to the ASG, any relative and why she was in possession of bomb making paraphernalia.)

Hataman is believed to be the wife of ASG sub leader Radzmir Janatul. – (with details from Lea Ylagan)

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