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Syjuco launches Career Caravan, Ladderized Education Program in NorMin

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Cagayan de Oro City (18 October) -- The caravan for national unity emphasizes the best that is to come for the Filipinos, as the Government lays down its working formula to take the country from the scenario of cyclical boom and bust through a unified and effective train of reforms.

First of these reforms is on our economy, second is on our political system and third is on the values of our people, thus explained Secretary Augusto Syjuco, Director General of the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) who came to Cagayan de Oro City recently for the ceremonial launching of the “Career Caravan” in Northern Mindanao.

Definitely aimed at bringing career opportunities to the young students and other residents in the region, the Career Caravan, Syjuco said, highlights the advantages of the “Ladderized Education Program (LEP)” currently pushed by the Arroyo government to meet and close the gaps in our educational system and the economy.

“It is time to have a paradigm shift in our educational values. In the past, parents preferred their children to go to college and take up courses for something which has ceased to exist. During these modern times, the courses should be needs-driven and parents should accept that more than knowledge, their children should be trained for skills they would be able to use later on to improve their lives,” he said.

In fact, our children should to be multi-skilled to be able to land jobs since we know very well that jobs mean revenues and revenues mean more government programs, projects and services for our people, Syjuco stressed.

Meanwhile, he said the LEP means empowerment of our young Filipinos. “Empowerment, because ladderized education offers the young people the opportunity to take control of their lives, equip themselves with the skills and competencies they need to get a job, earn an income and eventually fulfill their dreams of finishing college or beyond and liberate them from the shackles of poverty, helplessness and hopelessness.”

Syjuco likened the LEP to going up the stairs for students that would enable them to complete a technical-vocational course of their choice in just six (6) months specially designed by TESDA so as to prepare them to go higher in the ladder of education and allow them to enroll into the higher tech-voc courses which will eventually lead them to finish their college education.

“To put it simply, we encourage our students to pass by TESDA and learn to acquire skills on their way to college,” he emphasized.

Among the initial college degree modules under the LEP are Tourism/Hotel and Restaurant Management, Health/Nursing/Medical Services, Marine Engineering/Marine Transportation, Agriculture and Fisheries, Information and Communication Technology, Engineering and Technical Teacher Education and Criminology.

“Under the LEP, attaining a college degree will not be that expensive as the courses offered are specially designed for the poor and working students,” Syjuco added. (PIA 10) [top]

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