(YEARENDER) TESDA remains on-track with its 17-point reform and development agenda under Duterte admin

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has a two-pronged strategy that supports the 10-point agenda of President Rodrigo Duterte.

These strategies focus on TVET (technical-vocational education and training)-global competitiveness and TVET-social equity, that both target to address poverty and social inequity among the marginalized sectors of the society.

TESDA said that to deepen the execution of the two proposed strategies, it has adopted a 17-point Reform and Development Agenda for the next six years.

The agency remains on-track with its reform and development agenda. Here are the agency's major accomplishments for the first 100 days under the Duterte administration:

1. Barangay-Based Scholarship Program

TESDA has forged partnership with Liga ng mga Barangay ng Pilipinas through a memorandum of agreement with its national president, signed last July 21 for the successful implementation of Barangay Kasanayan para sa Kabuhayan at Kapayapaan (BKKK) in 42,023 barangays nationwide.

Also, in the agency's first 100 days, a total of 1,767 barangay residents were already trained in various skills to hone their competencies and improve their income generation capability.

2. Online scholarship application

Anyone who wants to apply for free skills training can make his/her application online.

The system was already installed in all TESDA field offices nationwide.

3. Walk-in scholarship application

TESDA has opened its regional, district and provincial offices for anyone to file his/her application for scholarship.

4. Skills Training for Drug Dependents

Special skills training program for drug addicts and prisoners was provided as part of the government's rehabilitation program. This was designed and implemented in coordination with appropriate government agencies according to TESDA.

5. Special skills training for individual and family enterprises

This involves the provision of skills training and entrepreneurship towards the development of individuals and families, not only as social institutions but also as economic institutions.

6. Skills training program for inmates and their families

In the first 100 days of the Duterte administration, some 985 inmates were given various skills training.

The program aims to give them the competencies which will enable them to earn income.

7. OFWs reintegration

A distinct training for returning OFWs who were displaced, retrenched or victims of maltreatment was provided. The training included skills upgrading, assessment and certification needed to help the OFWs find new job opportunities.

8. Training for women

Special skills training program was developed for Filipinas, regardless of social status, especially the housewives and victims of human trafficking. This aims to secure their economic well-being.

9. Continuing Program for TESDA Alumni

Recipients of TESDA training and scholarship programs were provided with skills training programs as part of lifelong learning and continuing skills enhancement of the workforce.

10. Global access to online database of TVET graduates and certified workers

This involves the enhancement and expansion of TESDA website to provide information on the list of TVET graduates and certified workers in various qualifications and industry sectors which can be accessed worldwide by local and foreign employers.

11. Linkages with agro-industry

Within the first three months under TESDA Director General Guiling Mamondiong's leadership, TESDA has forged skills training and assessment partnerships with 11 business enterprises; three farm schools in Region 3; and associations of rubber industry workers in Region 9 and of poultry farmers in Region 10.

This targets the youth and rural folks for them to get the necessary skills and be employed.

12. Linkages with state universities and colleges (SUCs) and local universities and colleges (LUCs)

This aims to expand training opportunities, especially for the marginalized sectors.

The agenda also involves linkages with government technical vocational schools and state universities and colleges offering TVET programs.

TESDA has already established partnerships with local universities and colleges in various regions as TVET training providers or assessment centers. Furthermore, TESDA has signed a memorandum of understanding with Mindanao State University System) last July 21, as training provider of TVET programs for the marginalized sector in Mindanao.

13. Linkages with foreign skills training institutions

Through TESDA, the Italian Ministry of Labour and Social Policies (MLSP) through Italia Lavoro and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) entered into a bilateral agreement that will address the needs of Filipinos who will migrate to Italy. This involves the provision of "Italian Language and Culture Training Program" for dependents of OFWs in Italy who have applied reunification with the Overseas Workers and Welfare Administration (OWWA).

An Agreement of Collaboration between TESDA, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of the Kingdom of Spain, the Cervantes Institute, and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID) was signed for the implementation of the teaching and promotion of the Spanish language and culture in TESDA programs.

Also, the implementation of preparatory Japanese language training program for nurses and caregivers by TESDA Language Skill Institute was done in partnership with POEA, Japan Embassy and Japan Foundation Manila.

14. Technical audit of TVET schools and programs

This aims to monitor the continuing compliance of TVET providers with the standards set by industry as to their fitness and capabilities in providing quality and relevant skills training program.

According to TESDA, 12,895 TVET programs in 2,880 public and private TVET providers nationwide were already audited, of which 5,824 were non-compliant at the time of audit.

15. Special skills program for indigenous people (IP)

About 1000 IPs in from various tribes in different regions were trained in different skills. The program aims to give the IPs the competencies and help them earn income.

16. Moral renewal

TESDA said this further inculcates moral values, ethical standards. The negative effects of drug addiction, corruption, criminalities, poverty, divisiveness and disloyalty to the country were integrated in the TVET curriculum.

The agency has also introduced drug abuse prevention and control as topics during Training Induction Program for TVET trainees in all TESDA Technology Institutions.

17. Transparency

TESDA has provided the public with ready access to information/data on the projects, programs and financial transactions of the agency.

Other significant accomplishments

In support to the President's war against illegal drugs, TESDA also identified and implemented various ways and means, within the bounds of its mandate which will help in the prevention and rehabilitation of drug users/pushers who surrendered under the "Oplan Tokhang" initiated by the PNP.

* 6,454 participants attended learning sessions on Dangerous Drugs Prevention and Control at TESDA Central Office

* 13,476 participants attended symposia on Dangerous Drugs Prevention and Control

Meanwhile, TESDA has also streamlined processes and procedures , and this has significantly reduced the number of days in the processing and/or facilitation of its primary functions and key services.

TESDA has reduced process time in TVET program registration from 46 days to 20 days.

Process cycle time in the competency assessment and certification was also reduced from 25 to 16 days.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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