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Regional directors, representatives of the government agencies, and some private stakeholders together with Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. and other officials witness the inauguration of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga’s new Science and Technology Center, as well as the groundbreaking of its Metrology Laboratory at the Caraga State University (CSU) Campus, Barangay Ampayon, Butuan City headed by Regional Director Lyndo Villacorta. (PIA-Caraga)

PIA Press Release
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

TESDA Agusan Norte has new chief

by Gervacio Dauz, Jr.

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 20 – Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) - Agusan del Norte Provincial Office conducted a simple but fitting handover ceremony at Priscilla’s Guest House, Guingona Subdivision here with Provincial Director Leo V. Velez handing the baton of leadership to upcoming OIC-Provincial Director Liza B. Budtan on April 14.

TESDA Secretary Emmanuel Joel Villanueva reassigns Director Velez to the Province of Misamis Occidental effective April 20 and OIC-PD Budtan will take over the reins of leadership for the Province of Agusan del Norte.

Director Velez, who oversaw the implementation of massive scholarship program in the history of TESDA during the time of then Secretary Boboy Syjuco, was instrumental in forging ties with the different political leaders in different forefronts and accessing funds from them for the tech-voc scholarship programs of their respective constituents.

According to Director Velez, “our political leaders have different colors, but in education they only have one color.” By this he meant that the political leaders of the Province of Agusan del Norte and Butuan City were, and still are, into supporting education as leverage for a brighter future.

He conceded that “TESDA’s budget is anemic, but our partners have lots of money, which we can access.” With this, he hammered the need to perseveringly advocate tech-voc to the local government executives, so that they will continue to understand and support TESDA’s thrusts and programs.

Engr. Rebecca A. Santiago, President of TVET Schools of Butuan and Agusan del Norte (TSOBAN) and also the concurrent Chair of the Provincial Technical Education and Skills Development Committee (PTESDC), pointed out that the event “is a bittersweet occasion” for old partners and reckoned that the memories with Director Velez were positive as “he is a pillar of Butuan City and Agusan del Norte.” She noted a memorable quote from Director Velez to have inspired her also, to wit: “Don’t work harder; work smarter.”

Engr. Julio P. Carlon, once the President of the Community Training and Employment Coordinators (CTEC) of Butuan City and Agusan del Norte commended Director Velez’ “legacy of coordination and networking” that primed up the partnership of TESDA with his group. “We will follow your concepts and example,” Engr. Carlon added.

In her acceptance speech, OIC-PD Budtan said that the task of receiving the challenge is “a great opportunity for me to dutifully carry the task assigned.” She thanked Director Velez for setting the example.

Newly installed TESDA Caraga Regional Director Edwin C. Gatinao, who likewise graced the occasion, said that indeed the strength of Director Velez lies in coordination and networking. He then veered his message for all contending that “there’s no end in quality journey.” (TESDA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

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