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House approves August 25 as National Tech-Voc Day

The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading House Bill 6136 which seeks to declare August 25 of every year as National Technical-Vocational Day in recognition of the tech-voc workers' contribution to the country's economy.

Rep. Sherwin Tugna (Party-list, CIBAC), one of the authors of HB 6136 or the proposed National Technical-Vocational Day Act, said for the past six years, over 10,000 Filipinos graduated in various tech-voc courses, majority of whom found employment locally and abroad.

Tugna, chairman of the committee on suffrage and electoral reforms, further said that since the creation of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) on August 25, 1994, tech-voc education and training in the country has undergone major transformation.

Today, tech-voc education is recognized as an important pillar in the country's overall human resources development strategy because it is rapid, flexible, jobs-oriented, competency-based, and can easily lead people to find fulfillment, Tugna said.

The lawmaker described tech-voc graduates as the face of highly competent, globally competitive and world-class Filipino workers. Hence, tech-voc education can be the first option, not just the fallback choice, because graduates are trained with the relevant skills that businesses need right now, he said.

Rep. Alfred Vargas (5th District, Quezon City), another author of the bill, said TESDA scholars have recorded an employment rate of 70 percent.

Furthermore, 86.1 percent of the employers have expressed satisfaction with the performance of tech-voc graduates, said Vargas, a vice chairman of the committee on appropriations.

He said celebrating the National Tech-Voc Day does not only promote tech-voc education and its limitless benefits but it will also boost the morale of the blue-collar workers as Filipinos celebrate their immense contribution to the country.

Rep. Joel Mayo Almario (2nd District, Davao Oriental), also an author of the bill, said as the strong correlation between the proportion of Tech-Voc graduates and per capita income becomes more evident, the government should take further steps to promote and recognize tech-voc education as a tool for poverty reduction, and to ensure its continuous growth and development.

House Bill 6136 mandates all government agencies and instrumentalities, including government-owned and �controlled corporations (GOCCs), local government units (LGUs), public and private educational institutions, employers in the private sector, and industry associations to encourage and afford sufficient time and opportunities for their employees to engage and participate in any activity conducted within the premises of their offices or establishments in celebration of the National Tech-Voc Day.

Likewise, the bill directs the TESDA and the Department of Education (DpeEd) to act as the lead agencies in charge of the preparation and implementation of the annual program of activities and advocacy campaign for the observance of National Tech-Voc Day.

Other authors of the bill include Reps. Ann Hofer (2nd District, Zamboanga Sibugay), chairperson of the committee on higher and technical education, Ben Evardone (Lone District, Eastern Samar), chairman of the committee on banks and financial intermediaries, and Jose Antonio Sy-Alvarado (1st District, Bulacan) vice chairman of the committees on higher and technical education and land use.

Source: House of Representatives

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