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TESDA, 13, continues to give Filipinos competency to become world-class workers

Tacloban City (September 1) -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority after thirteen years of its creation continues find ways to look for innovative programs and initiatives to give the people of Region 8 and the whole country, the competency that is needed to become world-class workers. This is a living proof of its faithful commitment to the development of Workers of the World, the Fiipino workers.

More than ever, the Filipino people have realized the importance of technical vocational education. Whereas before, parents and young students shy away from technical vocational courses, today, more and more Filipino students are going into such courses.

This is not without a reason. The students, by taking technical vocational programs are able to land a job easily and if they decide to continue through a degree course, they could easily do so.

In fact, skilled workers are more in demand for local and foreign job placements than degree holders who after graduation realize that they do not have any competencies.

No less than Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo recognized the critical and significant roles TESDA plays. 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 Filipino 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.

For the year 2007 alone, 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.

Truly, TESDA has evolved from a mere training provider to an Authority, managing and regulating the institutions that constitute the technical vocational and education sector, taking the lead in initiating innovative programs that paved the way to the development of Workers of the World, the Filipino workers. (PIA 8) [top]

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