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TESDA celebrates week-long 13th year Anniversary

Manila (21 August) -- TESDA was created in 1994 by virtue of Republic Act 7796. It effectively merged the three agencies of the National Manpower and Youth Council, the Office of Apprenticeship (of DOLE) and the Bureau of Technical Vocational Education (of DECCS) Labor and Employment into a single Authority called TESDA.

True to its mandate TESDA has evolved into a mere training provider to an Authority, managing and regulating the institutions that constitute the technical vocational and education sector. TESDA has provided the TekBok sector with the standards, prescribed policies and systems in the delivery of services, build the capability of partner institutions, and responded to the requirements of such high-end industries as business process outsourcing, the animation and aviation industries and the traditional construction and heavy equipment sectors.

Anniversary celebration starts August 20, 2007 and ends till August 25, 2007. Slated for conduct are various activities as skills competitions, sports fest and singing contest, educational fora/symposia, fairs and "tianggehan sa TESDA", exhibits of products and services, unveiling of new programs and the signing of Memorandum of Agreements between TESDA and its partners. Highlighting the celebration are the giving of annual awards and recognition to Model TESDA employees, the Kabalikat Award for outstanding partners and the prestigious President Ramon Magsaysay Award for Outstanding TekBok graduates.

Model TESDA Employee awards are given to employees belonging to rank and file and supervisory positions that have shown exemplary performance. Innovations and creativity in their work performance and accomplishments in their fields are given prime importance. Innovations could be in the forms of work systems installed and improved policies and procedures in the delivery of services. Promotion and cash rewards await the winners. Some 5,000 TESDA employees are vying for this once in a lifetime TESDA award.

Kabalikat awards on the other hand goes to outstanding partners of TESDA in the public and the private sectors in implementing and promoting TekBok programs and services. From the partner-LGUs, private businesses and industries, the Non-Government Organizations and civic society groups are chosen provincial, regional and national awardees. Given prominent recognitions are partners who have contributed the most in terms of investment and resources poured in TekBok programs, trained and certified workers among others. Previous awardees include Don Bosco Makati, the LGUs of Marinduque and Quezon City, Gokongwei Foundation, the Pitad Foundation of Region VIII, to name a few.

Named after former President Ramon Magsaysay, acknowledged as the Father of Blue Collar Workers, the President Ramon Magsaysay Award for Outstanding Technical Vocational Graduates are given to successful self employed and wage employed TekBok graduates nationwide. Former Senator Ramon Magsaysay Jr shall personally award the cash benefits and trophies to deserving winners. Winners of this award have been known to land high salaried jobs in various companies and industries.

For the year 2007 TESDA is expected to produce One Million and Two Hundred Skilled workers. This shall form part of the efforts to bridge the mismatch between the kinds of workers available and the job requirements in the market. For his part Secretary Syjuco in this celebration is expected to unveil new programs, announce anniversary benefits for TESDA employees and sign MOAs with various stakeholders.

No less than Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has recognized the critical and significant roles TESDA played. Her office has provided TESDA with Billions of pesos, 1.6Billion pesos for 2008 to finance TESDA's innovative programs and the scholarship programs for the poor.

These programs include the very successful PGMA-Training for Work Scholarship and the Ladderized Education Programs. This presidential support also made the free training and assessment services, the language skills institute and the e-TESDA's implementation possible.

Altogether these programs and initiatives contribute to the development of Pinoy Workers of the World, aptly referred to as Pinoy . Coined by Secretary Augusto Boboy Syjuco, "this PINOY WOW is the kind of workers we need today, multi skilled and totally packaged, competent with positive values and can communicate effectively in their workplace." This shall address the lingering problem of unemployment and of the job mismatch with the market's requirement. (PIA) [top]

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