An eventful Employees’ Day for the staff of TESDA-III was led by the Alliance of Concerned Employees of Region III (ACE-III) headed by outgoing President Melanie Grace Romero on October 9, 2012 at the Colegio De Sebastian in Maimpis, City of San Fernando.
The day-long festivities include the conduct of forum on the Performance-based Incentive System (PBI), the ACE-III president’s report, awarding of loyalty certificates to select staff of TESDA-III, recognition diligent unit representatives; oath taking of the newly-elected ACE-III officers; and the celebration of RD Ted Gatchalian’s birthday. The featured activity is the ballroom-themed, group dance competition which had seven entries from the regional and provincial offices. The employees and employees dressed up semi-formal.
Gracela Ortiz and Adoracion Macalino of the Department of Budget and Management-III explained the PBI, cascaded thru Executive Order No. 80 s. 2012. It governs the basis for granting cash incentives for government agencies and state workers. Under the system, state workers shall continue to receive the performance enhancement (PEI) across the board bonus of P5,000.
On the other hand, the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB), dubbed as a top-up bonus, shall be granted to employees based on their contribution to the accomplishment of their agency’s overall targets and commitments categorized as poor, good, better, and best. The poor receives no PBB. “Good” agencies shall receive P15,000; “better” with P25,000 and the “best”, with P35,000. Individuals in each category shall be ranked as “good” to “best” performer. They will receive the equivalent top up bonuses.
At least eight TESDA-III employees were cited for their continuous years of service, thus becoming the 2012 Loyalty Awardees: Mercedita Garcia (15 years) and Ruby Dela Cruz (20 years) of Provincial Office (PO)-Bataan; Leonardo Tabamo (20) of Provincial Training Center-Tarlac; Esteban Samatra Jr. (20) of PO-Nueva Ecija.
The rest have been serving at TESDA for 25 years: Herwina Buenaventura of PO-Pampanga, Teresita Matulac and Rogelio Lacro of the Regional Office; and Lilibeth Lilles of the Regional Training Center-Guiguinto. Each of them received a plaque of recognition from RD Gatchalian.
Grace Corazon Castillo of PO-Bataan took her oath as the new president of ACE-III, along with the newly elected officers. This will be Castillo’s second tour of duty as head the association. Her vice presidents are Virgilio Catipon of PO-Aurora (external affairs) and Bong Tabamo (internal affairs). RD Gatchalian led the oath taking.
The PO-Tarlac dancers mesmerized the judges and waltzed away with the top honors during the ballroom-dance competition. Each member received P1,000 cash from RD Gatchalian. The RO group, with RD Ted in tow, placed second. PO Zambales is third. The second and third placers each received P500 and P300, respectively. The provincial directors gamely they joined the dance competition, sparking excitement and drawing applause from the participants.
RD Ted received a surprise party from ACE-III and all the employees. His birthday is on October 10. Video grabs of well-wishes from the POs got his attention. Gift giving followed courtesy of the all the unit heads and staff. He thanked everyone for the precious moment and exhorted them to continue dishing out their best to sustain the momentum that TESDA-III has attained in the last 18 months. The singing of the Auld Lang Syne, a tribute to the celebrator, capped the affair.
The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP) Train the Trainers Program kicks off in Central Luzon with the conduct of the Trainers Methodology (TM) Plus course at the Cyber City Educational Foundation at Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles City.
At least 30 trainers of courses under the information technology and business process outsourcing (IT-BPO) industry from 18 different schools in Pampanga are attending the rigid training from October 11-22. They are scholars, said TESDA-III Regional Director Ted Gatchalian,since the program is being delivered under TESDA’s P500-millionindustry-based Training for Work Scholarship Program (iTWSP).
TM Plus is a must course for aspiring trainers who intend to earn certification from TESDA and BPAP as a TM1 trainer. Its design fused TESDA's TM1 modules, the latest version intended to enhance trainers teaching skills,with the IT-BPO’s industry essentials.
I-TWSP is a key component of the government and the IT-BPO industry’s Road Map 2016 to increase total industry generated jobs from 1.8 million in 2010 (500,000 direct and 1.3 million indirect) to 4.5 million in 2016 (1.3 million direct and 3.2 million indirect). In 2011, the IT-BPO industry generated US$11 B in revenues. The industry road map seeks to increase earnings to US$25 B by 2016.
It (TM Plus) will help ensure that we have a pool of highly competent IT-BPO trainers. Through this, we hope to achieve a multiplier effect that will increase IT-BPO-oriented training opportunities, TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva said.
Likewise, RD Gatchalian explained that they are working with the Association of Technical Vocational Institutions in Central Luzon (TVIs-Central) to deliver the TM Plus in the region. The group of resource speakers is composed of mentors from the Philippine Society for Training and Development (PSTD) and trainers from Pampanga.
The current batch is the first of the three for Central Luzon. The second is slated in Bulacan and the third, again, in Pampanga. Central Luzon has been provided 90 vouchers.
The program is divided in two parts. The first is an 11-day classroom and e-learning sessions. The next is a one a half day internship, where the trainees co-facilitate training in an IT-BPO facility. Before finishing, trainees must take the test using the tool developed by Philippine Society for Training and Development (PSTD) as well as TESDA’s TM 1 National Assessment. Certificates of achievement will be issued once they pass the tests.
TESDA has allocated P18 million (900 vouchers) for the TM Plus, developed jointly by TESDA and BPAP. Another P7.2 million (804 vouchers) will be used for TM1.
The TM Plus modules include: plan training session; facilitate learning sessions; utilize electronic media in trainings; supervise work-based instruction; conduct competency assessments; maintain training facilities, and apply skills and knowledge through an internship.
You made the right choice with tech-voc education, says Secretary Joel Villanueva, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General, because jobs are waiting for every tech-voc graduate, as he leads the mass graduation of more than 4,000 tech-voc scholars in Nueva Ecija and Pampanga at separate venues on September 26, 2012.
Sec. Villanueva described TESDA and its technical education and skills development (TESD) programs as the college for jobs. More than 60% of our tech-voc graduates nationwide land jobs here and abroad. The remaining 40% are being catered to by the TESDA Specialista Technopreneurship Program, which promotes self-employment and livelihood among our graduates in tandem with the local government units. We provide starter tool-kits and other vital support to our Specialistas, who are now earning well to support their families, he said.
He added that TESDA is the first choice of companies in need of skilled workers citing the international recognition for the National Certificates being issued by the agency. In terms of overseas employment, the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency can attest to the high demand for skilled Filipinos like welders and food and beverage service attendants. We attribute this success to the quality service of our services which has earned the coveted ISO certification, he said. So far, TESDA is the only government agency devoted to training and education that is ISO certified.
The youthful secretary further stressed that landing a good paying job is no longer a game of chance. Hindi ako naniniwala na tsamba ang dahilan kung bakit kayo (the graduates) naririto ngayon. He cited the results of a recent survey of more than 5,000 companies which states that at least 86% of the companies are “satisfied with TESDA’s services. More importantly, they are “satisfied with the tech-voc graduates.
He then challenged the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) scholar-graduates to work extra hard, and to work with passion and pride to achieve success. Ang tagumpay ninyo at tagumpay ng ating bayan, he said.
Meantime, TESDA-Central Luzon Regional Director Ted Gatchalian explained that the mass graduation aims to further promote TESD as one of the best means to boost the employment of the people. It is also a good opportunity for us to gather and pay tribute to our partners from the private sector, and local government units who has been supporting our programs.
The Nueva Ecija rites at the Palayan Convention Center, themed: TVET, Our Choice and Pathway Toward Successful Careers, is organized by the Nueva Ecija Association of Technical Vocational Institutionsheaded by its Reynato Arimbuyutan. On the other hand, the Pampanga Mass Graduation and TVET Trainees Day at the University of Assumption Gym, dubed as TESDA, Kaantabe Queng Tagumpe (TESDA, Partner to Success) is led by the Pampanga Federation of Technical Vocational Institutions headed by Gregorio ‘Bong’ Sison. Providing support are the TESDA-Nueva Ecija and Pampanga, headed by Provincial Director Luz Amponin and Officer-in-Charge Jenica Dunglao, respectively.
Thus said Secretary Joel Villanueva, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General, as he leads the mass graduation of some 5,000 tech-voc scholars in Tarlac and Bulacan in separate venues last September 5, 2012.
“More than 60% of our tech-voc graduates land jobs here and abroad, making TESDA as the only government agency that has the highest batting average in terms of employment,” he reported. He explained that once Juan Dela Cruz completes a technical vocational course and passes the competency assessment, landing a good paying job or livelihood is no longer a game of chance (tsamba) because of the high demand for skilled workers, especially overseas. “Basta dumaan ka sa tekbok, malaki ang tsansa mong umasenso,” he exclaimed.
For the remaining 40% of the TESDA graduates, Sec. Joel proudly shared that one of its newest projects, the TESDA Specialista Technopreneurship Program, which is designed to promote self-employment and livelihood among tech-voc graduates in tandem with the local government units, has been performing well. “We provided tool-kits and other vital support to our 5,240 Specialistas nationwide, who are now earning more than P500 a day,” he said.
He challenged the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) and Private Education Student Financial Assistance (PESFA) scholars-graduates to work hard and with pride, because they are the “ambassadors of the country”, noting that their National Certificates is being saluted and recognized internationally. He added that with the world-class skills and qualification that the graduates have acquired, it is now up to them to pursue their success. “Ang tagumpay ninyo at tagumpay ng ating bayan ay nasa inyo nang mga kamay.”
Sec. Joel awards the certificate of appreciation to Paniqui, Tarlac Mayor Miguel Rivilla for his continued support to TESDA
Sec. Joel awards the certificate of appreciation to San Rafael, Bulacan Mayor Lorna Silverio for her continued support to TESDA
Aside from confirming the scholar-graduates, Sec. Joel also led the oath-taking of the new officers of the Tarlac Chapter of the Philippine Association of Higher Education and Technical Institution (Tarlac-PAHETI), and recognized the local chief executives of both provinces for their commitment and support to TESDA's programs. Tarlac held its Sabayang Pagtatapos ng TWSP/PESFA Iskolars at the Diwa ng Tarlac, Tarlac City while the Bulacan Big V Day rites was held at the Baliuag University in Baliuag.
Meantime, Gov. Yap acknowledged Sec. Villanueva and TESDA's “huge” assistance to people, thru the provision of scholarships and various training programs. “Thank you very much for answering our call for convergence, we were able to triple our target of producing skilled workers in the province,” he said.
Likewise, Bulacan Provincial Administrator Jim Valerio, subbing for Gov. Willy Alvarado, also hailed the invaluable and prompt assistance that Sec. Villanueva and TESDA has been extending to the province. “…not only in terms of the scholarships and trainings, and relief assistance to typhoons and flood victims but also for President Pnoy’s approval of the multi-billion peso Angat Dam rehabilitation project which the good Secretary did in tandem with Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, who hails from Pulilan.
RD Gatchalian awards the training certificate to one of the graduates in Bulacan
According to TESDA-Central Luzon Regional Director Ted Gatchalian, the mass graduation is part of a series of similar activities to further promote technical vocational education as one of the best means to boost the employment of the people. The graduation rites are led and organized by the Tarlac-PAHETI headed by its President, Chito De Jesus and Chairman Rev. Mario Gaña and the Bulacan Association of Technical Schools headed by Millie Kaw in coordination with TESDA-Tarlac and Bulacan provincial offices, headed by Provincial Director Bal Labutong and newly promoted Regional Director Cenon Querubin, respectively.
The Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines (CCBP) and TESDA Region III launches the Sari-Sari Store Training and Access to Resources (S3TAR)Program that shall benefit at least 4,000 women owner and operators of small sari-sari stores (SSS) in Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, and Tarlac.
A memorandum of agreement (MOA) was signed by the officials of CCBP, TESDA-Central Luzon, local chief executives, and various women organizations from the four provinces. Governor Victor Yap spearheaded Tarlac’s contingent.
“At Coca-Cola, we recognize that women are potential engines of economic and community development that is why we fully support programs that promote women entrepreneurship competencies,”said Gilda Patricia Maquilan, lead S3TARProgram convener and head of the Coke-National Program Management Team (NPMT). Aashim Malhotra, Regional Director of CCBP for North Luzon added that the partnership between CCBP, TESDA, local government units, and the civil society is a unique opportunity and an innovative way to sustain the communities that CCBP serves.
The program aims to transform women SSS owners into better entrepreneurs by providing training on Basic Entrepreneur Skills and Gender Sensitivity, access to product capital and store merchandising equipment.
For TESDA-NPMT Chairman Ernesto Beltran, the program upholds TESDA’s mandate to provide quality and gender-sensitive training to Filipinos. On the other hand, TESDA-Central Luzon Regional Director Teodoro Gatchalian explained that knowledge and skills proficiency plays a very important role in the success of every entrepreneur. “The basic entrepreneurship training will be handled by our team of trainers and experts in the four provinces identified under the program,” he said.
Research indicates that women, when given the opportunity to earn income, are more likely to invest in education, nutrition, and health needs of their children. In turn, the investments contribute to the development of viable solutions that help break the cycle of poverty.
At least three mayors are present during the launch: Mayors Lorna Silverio of San Rafael and Paula Carla Tan of San Ildefonso, Bulacan and Mylyn Pineda of Lubao, Pampanga. So far, at least 10 women groups from the four provinces have signed up to join the program.
The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority headed by Secretary Joel Villanueva signed the historic memorandum of agreement (MOA) for technical cooperation with the heads of the authorities of the Clark, Subic, and Bataan Freeport Zones on July 4, 2012 at the Holy Angel University in Angeles City.
The Freeport Zone Administrators who signed the MOA are (Ret.) Gen. Eduardo Oban Jr. of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC), Roberto Garcia of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), and Atty. Deogracias Custodio of the Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB). The agreement, a first in the history of TESDA-Central Luzon, was witnessed by representatives of more than 90 companies and 40 public and private technical institutions from all over Central Luzon, who likewise signed separate MOA en masse for the delivery of TESDA’s Dual Training System (DTS) or RA 7686.
Sec. Villanueva explained that the MOA enables TESDA and the Authorities of the Freeport Zones to pursue effective job skills-matching, policy consultation, conduct of industry studies, competency assessment and certification of workers, and the promotion and implementation of the DTS. “This historic event comes at the most opportune time as we are experiencing vast economic growth in Central Luzon and the country as a whole. (Thus) We need to seize the opportunity to put things in the right track,” he said.
CDC-Chief Operating Officer (Ret.) Gen. Oban said that with the MOA, they are now more confident and capable of answering the challenges of the industries especially the company-locators of the Clark Freeport Zone (CFZ). “This partnership boosts our competitive advantage as we strive to entice more foreign investments in the CFZ,” he said.
Atty. Custodio sees the DTS as a catalyst towards empowering Bataan's skilled workers. “This MOA goes hand in hand with our goal to become competitive in contributing to the economic growth of Bataan and Central Luzon thru the hiring of our own skilled workers. Rest assured that the AFAB will continue to assist TESDA in its effort to promote the DTS in the FAB,” he explained.
Likewise, SBMA Chairman Garcia believes that the MOA is very timely and supportive of their efforts to attract and nurture partnerships with local and foreign investors at the Subic Bay Freeport (SBF). He stressed that thru the MOA, SBMA will be able to address the locators’ need for skilled workforce, even citing a ship building firm which will need as much as 15,000 welders in the next 3-5 years.
Sec. Villanueva expressed his elation to the heads of the Freeports: “Nagpapasalamat po ako sa mga Freeport Administrators na sumusuporta sa layunin ng TESDA upang mabigyan ng oportunidad ang mga skilled workers na magkaroon ng trabaho. Itong MOA ay nagpapatunay lamang na sa TESDA, may choice ka.”
According to TESDA-III Regional Director Ted Gatchalian, the MOA Signing shows how committed TESDA is, specifically Central Luzon, in its efforts to heighten the participation of the industries in the delivery of TESD programs. “July 4-5, 2012 is indeed historic because aside from the Grand MOA Signing, we also have a 2-day Jobs Fair in San Fernando where more than 100 companies are participating,” he said.
He also commended all the partners and cooperators of TESDA-CL who supported these major activities, namely: the City Government of San Fernando thru Mayor Oscar Rodriguez, the officers and members of the Association of Technical Vocational Institutions in Central Luzon (TVIs-Central), JobsDB, DOLE-III, POEA, the members of the press, city and municipal PESOs of Pampanga, the customer services department of the CDC, labor departments of SBMA and AFAB, and the Holy Angel University.
The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of the province of Zambales, led by Vice-Governor Ramon Lacbain II, has recently granted the TESDA Zambales Provincial Office with P500,000 assistance.
The grant, which was formalized through a resolution, boosts the PO’s effort to promote technical education and skills development (TESD) programs specifically the conduct of the Training Methodology Course for tech-voc trainers.
Vice Gov. Lacbain stressed that the financial assistance also serves as an opportunity for the provincial government to uplift the lives of Zambaleños. “Thru the tech-voc trainers who can deliver competency-based training, the province will be able to produce graduates and workers that possess the necessary skills that match the needs of the industry,” he said.
Provincial Director Elizabeth Manio received the grant during the 16th regular session of the SP of Zambales. She thanked the body for the assistance, which, she said would be of big help to push the TESD initiatives in the province specifically in the capability building of tech-voc trainers.
Tarlac Congresswoman Susan A. Yap allocated a total of P1.8 million from her Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) as scholarship to tech-voc students and P680, 000 for the community-based training programs for the 2nd District of Tarlac.
The scholarship fund, which will be managed by TESDA-Tarlac under the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP), shall benefit at least 265 scholars. The courses to choose from are: computer hardware servicing, electrical installation and maintenance, refrigeration and air-condition servicing, automotive servicing, food and beverage services, bartending, housekeeping, consumer electronics and shielded metal arc welding. The training institutions identified to deliver the scholarships are the Tarlac Provincial Training Center, Advanced Institute of Technology, St. Paul College of Tarlac, USST Colleges, and Tarlac School of Arts and Trades.
The scholarship program is part of Congw. Yap’s continuing commitment and support to TESDA-Tarlac in its quest to produce highly-skilled Tarlaqueños.
The Eduardo Cojuangco Foundation (ECF) awarded certificates of scholarship to some 85 trainees of the Paniqui Institute of Technology of Technology (PIT) on May 18, 2012. The scholars will take their respective courses in Automotive Servicing NC I, Consumer Electronics Servicing NC II, and Electrical Installation and Maintenance (EIM) NC II.
During the same affair, Congressman Enrique M. Cojuangco, gave P10,000 cash award to Rosendo Bala, Jr.. The latter won a silver medal in EIM the 2012 Philippine National Skills Competition.
The ECF scholarship program is a continuing project of Ambassador Danding Cojuangco and his family in helping the less fortunate but deserving students of the province. TESDA-Tarlac helps the ECF by conducting the qualifying test for the applicants. The ECF grant includes payment of tuition fees, monthly stipends, book allowance, and job placement assistance. ECF has been a long-time partner of TESDA in providing scholarship to tech-voc trainees in the province. Since 2007, it has benefitted a total of 160 scholars.
The TESDA-Tarlac Provincial Office conducted the 1st Administrators and Registrars Conference last June 8, 2012 Luisita, Tarlac City as part of its efforts to improve the delivery of quality technical education and skills development programs in the province. More than 80 delegates participated.
The agenda focused on program registration; competency assessment and certification; Dual Training System (DTS); issuance of Special Order; certification authentication and verification; and the TVET trainer’s qualification. PD Labutong stressed the agency's policy on maintaining standards in the delivery of tech-voc courses. She also explained the closure of registered programs as one of the sanctions to erring schools. Likewise, the policies on timeliness and accurate reporting were discussed with the registrars.
PD Labutong lamented the unsatisfactory output in the certification rate and the employment of the tech-voc graduates and encouraged the school heads to address the situation with urgency andadvised them to enhance their linkage with the industries for the employment of their graduates.