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Ifugao TESDA says upgrading skills improves lives

by Vency D. Bulayungan

Lagawe, Ifugao (10 October) -- In order to prepare pupils and students a hopeful and significant position in the work place, some 50 school kids all over the province participated recently in a technical-vocational and entrepreneurial skills contest.

Speaking during the opening program of the 2008 Division Student Technologists and Entrepreneurs of the Philippines (STEP) Skills Development Competition (SDC), TESDA Provincial Director. Ronald Ibay, said that today and even for the next two generations, the need for skilled workers to keep the country's economy afloat will remain.

"Admittedly not everyone is molded to become a blue collar worker and many of those who are working as technician or craftsman are into these trade areas out of necessity," Ibay said.

He said that licensed engineers are trooping to TESDA offices to learn the technical application of their degree in order to land a job. It is no longer surprising for us to see degree holders wanting to learn skills to enhance employment opportunities.

With the theme "A STEP Higher: Upgrading Skills, Improving Lives," this year's edition of the skills development competition featured new skills contest packages such as flower arrangement, fresh fruit shake preparation, stool making, marcotting, tie dye, basic encoding, book binding appliqué, dustpan making, sales inventory and extension cord making.

Ibay said that the present generation is kind of lucky to have access to information that makes learning much easier. "It is also through this access to information that will guide you towards your career development," he said.

Data from the National Statistics Office show that as of January 2007, services sectors still employed the highest with 50.6%, followed by agriculture (34.7%) and industry (14.8%). This picture is not likely to change rapidly within the decade, Ibay said. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]

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