Archive for October, 2012

TESDA-Pampanga launches Specialista program

The TESDA Pampanga Provincial Office launched the TESDA Specialista Technopreneurship Program (TSTP) for the province on June 6, 2012 at the the Heroes Hall, Sto. Niño, City of San Fernando.

At least 10 aggrupations, each consisting 10 members has been organized, composed of graduates from various skills training programs conducted in Pampanga. The aggrupations are:







Beauty Care and Wellness

Beauty Care & Hairdressing

Angeles City

Beauty Care, Hairdressing & Massage Therapy

City of San Fernando

Dau, Mabalacat &

Rotary Club of Dau

Massage Therapy Service

Municipality of Porac & Floridablanca

Automotive/Vehicle Maintenance

Automotive Services/ troubleshooting

Angeles City, City of San Fernando & Municipality of San Luis

Small Engine Repair Services

Building/House Repair and Maintenance

Plumbing & Electrician

City of San Fernando


Metal Fabrication Services

Municipality of Macabebe

A seminar on business opportunities and values orientation was conducted as part of launching activities. It was delivered by a group of resource persons from the Department of Trade and Industry, the academe, and the business sector.    


TESDA Pampanga meets TVIs


  At least 130 administrators and representatives of the public and private technical vocational institutions (TVIs) attended the 2012 Pampanga TVET Forum at the Kings Royale Hotel in Bacolor, Pampanga on May 25, 2012. The topics discussed are the latest policy issuances on UTPRAS; National TVET Trainers Certification requirements for TVI trainers; TESDA-Blue Desk Program; and the Dual Training System. The forum was spearheaded by the Pampanga Federation of Technical Institutions (PAFTI).


Tech-voc makes a difference for driver turned mechanic

Medel Dalan of Mariveles, Bataan, a family man at 20, used to dabble as a tricycle driver when he heard of TESDA’s Galing Mekaniko Program in 2009. “That time, I barely earn money for my family’s needs,” he recalled. Oftentimes, he could not even spare some money for the repair of his prized tricycle, which motivated him to learn the ropes of small engine repair and maintenance.

Completing the 40-hour Galing Mekaniko training at the Regional Training Center in Mariveles was not a walk in the park for Medel, but “…the quality of training inspired me more,” he admitted. His daily attendance forced him to work extra hours every night after classes just to make sure that food is availale on the family’s dining table the following day.
When he became a repair man, Medel had a hard time attracting customers since the people then are not yet aware of his newfound skills. They knew him more as a tricycle driver. Armed with the starter tool kit given to the graduates of the Galing Mekaniko, he tried his luck in Sta. Cruz, Zambales, landing a spot as a shop mechanic, where he earned P4,000 a month plus a 60% cut for every job order given to him.

After a few months, he went back to Mariveles full of confidence and solid experience to start anew. His plan and hard work paid off. Medel is now earning an average of P400 daily and proudly shared that his biggest income in a single day was P2,000. His steady income enbaled him to focus on things he had very little time before. “Being a mechanic taught me how to effectively manage time for work and family, unlike before when I had to be on the streets almost 24 hours,” he said.

Medel now aims have his own service shop. He is very thankful to TESDA and wants to give back by inspiring others to invest time and effort in skills training if they want to help themselves and other people.

Mula seminaryo hanggang barko, sa tekbok tunay ang asenso

Sa kanyang murang edad, si JR Edora ay maituturing na isang buhay na patotoo sa milyun-milyong kabataan na natulungan at umasenso sa pamamagitan ng mga programa ng TESDA.

Nakapagtapos man siya ng kolehiyo at nagsisilbi na bilang Pastor sa kanilang simbahan, hindi niya kailanman ikinahiya ang pagpasok sa TESDA. Sa halip ay ginawa niyang ehemplo and sarili sa mga kabataan na hindi lamang sa kinagisnang antas ng buhay nakasalalay ang magandang kinabukasan, kung hindi sa kung paano mo pagyayamanin ang galling at talento na kaloob sa iyo ng Diyos.

Pumasok siya sa iba’t-ibang pagsasanay sa TESDA – Automotive Servicing (NCII), Building Wiring Installation (BWI NCII), Shielded Metal Arc Welding NCII, at Lathe Machine Operation mula 2008-2010 na naging susi upang malinang niya ng husto ang kanyang kakayahan. Sa tulong din ng Trainers Methodology Course ng TESDA, nagkaroon siya ng pagkakataong maibahagi ang kanyang kaalaman sa pamamagitan ng pagtuturo ng BWI sa Renaissance Healthcare Institute sa Masinloc, Zambales noong 2010 kung saan tumanggap siya ng P16,000 sahod kada buwan.

Naging tatlong ulit ang laki nito ng siya’y nangibang bansa noong 2011 nang matanggap siya bilang pipe fitter sa Saga Shipping Company. Mula sa P64,500, ngayon ay P73,100 na ang kanyang buwanang sahod. Hindi man siya inhinyero, pinatunayan ni JR na ang TATAK ng TESDA, sa pamamagitan ng National Certificate, ay isang napaka-epektibong paraan upang makilala sa ang husay at galing ng mga Pilipino.

Two-day jobs fair lures more than 2K applicants

More More than 2,000 job seekers trooped to the 2-day Jobs Fair organized by TESDA-Central Luzon last July 4-5, 2012 held at the Heroes’ Hall of the City of San Fernando and was formally opened by Secretary Joel Villanueva, TESDA Director General.

At least 1,493 hopefuls participated in the first day and another 862 on the second day, seeking a spot for local and overseas employment. More than 1,000 job vacancies were offered by a total of 132 companies (104 domestic and 28 overseas hiring agencies).

Sec. Villanueva explained that jobs fair is just of the many programs that TESDA implements to accelerate the efforts of the national government towards employment generation and poverty alleviation. “This (jobs fair) is a strong manifestation of our agency’s commitment to empower the people of Central Luzon towards self-reliance and productivity, and to show to the people na sa TESDA, talagang may choice ka!” he said.

Joining Sec. Villanueva during the ribbon cutting and ringing of the ceremonial is Mayor Oscar Rodriguez of the City of San Fernando, RD Raymundo Agravante of DOLE-III and RD Ted Gatchalian of TESDA-III.

According to RD Gatchalian, the Jobs Fair was organized in cooperation with JobsDB, DOLE-III, POEA, Pampanga LGUs thru the Public Employment Service Offices, the Labor Departments of Clark Development Corporation, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan, and the City Government of San Fernando.


TESDA-Central Luzon bares mid-year performance

TESDA-Central Luzon is on track to attain its targets in the enrollment, graduates, assessed and certified, and employment rate (EGACE) of TVET graduates as shown in its mid-year performance as of June 30, 2012.

Due to some technical and operational difficulties at the provincial level, the profiling of TVET enrollees is considered the ‘weakest link’ in the region’s output is the profiling of TVET enrollees, a challenge being addressed by the TESDA-CL Executive Committee (ExeCom).

“Despite our modest performance in the EGACE, the ExeCom remains focused to find ways to improve our systems and strategies to meet our targets specifically in the competency assessment and certification, and employment of TVET graduates,” explained by RD Ted Gatchalian. Aside from this, he stressed that the goal if to deliver the highest quality service to its partners and clients. “This is our commitment to our ISO 9001-2008 certification, and most especially, our commitment to the people of Central Luzon,” he said.

The provinces of Bulacan, Pampanga, and Tarlac lead the way in EGACE performance, as shown in the table below. However, RD Gatchalian expects that the rest of the provincial units will exert their best to meet their respective goals by the end of the year.


2 AFAB firms ink DTS accord with RTCCL-Mariveles

The Regional Training Center-Central Luzon (RTCCL)-Mariveles, headed by Engr. Jaime Castillo, successfully added two more Dual Training System (DTS) to its list of partners firms. These are the FCF Factory and the Chun Chiang Enterprises Manufacturing Company (CCEMC), both fashion and garments-based firms operating in the Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB).

Left photo shows Engr. Castillo (seated, right) with FCF Factory Manager Hazel Chow (right) while signing the memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the conduct of Industrial Sewing Machine Operation (ISMO) training to produce luggage products and coach bags.


The 80-hour DTS training on basic ISMO and work values development started on July 16, 2012 with 70 trainees at the RTCCL-Mariveles. The in-plant training at the company will last for 2,272 hours.

Second photo shows Esrelita Castillo (seated, middle) Factory Manager of the CCEMC, Engr. Castillo and Noli Bautista, DTS Focal of RTCCL-Mariveles while forging the DTS MOA at the Chun Chiang Bldg. in the FAB. The 120-hour in-center training on ISMO started last July 17, 2012 with eight trainees. A total of 1,608 shall be devoted to the in-plant training. As part of the agreement, CCEMC shall transfer some industrial sewing machines to be used in the DTS program.

46 Porac Aetas finish skills trainings

At least 46 Aetas from Porac, Pampanga who successfully completed their tech-voc trainings received their certificates of completion in simple graduation rites held on June 7, 2012 at the Porac Municipal Training Center (PMTC) in Porac, Pampanga.

No less than TESDA-III Regional Director Ted Gatchalian confirmed the graduates and awarded the training certificates with Porac Mayor Condralito Dela Cruz, the PMTC benefactor. Thirteen young Aetas finished their training on Hilot (wellness massage); eight (8) in food and beverage service; eight (8) in tour guiding; seven (7) in front office services; and 10 in t-shirt printing. The trainings were conducted by the Saint Mary’s Angels College of Pampanga (SMACP) at the PMTC from April 14-June 7, 2012.

Aside from SMACP, another private group who assisted in the project is the Mandaluyong-based Eco-Creativa Foundation. It is actively involved in the Porac-Mt. Pinatubo Eco-tourism Project in Sapang Uwak, Porac. The Aeta graduates will become part of the active pool of workers in the said eco-tourism project.

The skills training towards employment program is part of the tripartite agreement signed by TESDA-Pampanga Provincial Director Ben-Hur Baniqued, Eco-Creativa Foundation headed by Flory Cuesta, and Mayor Dela Cruz, in October 2011.

Also present during the graduation ceremonies are Atty. Sharon Peñaflorida, Vice President of SMACP, Flory Cuesta, Ms. Jenny Dunglao of TESDA-Pampanga, Net Mariano of PMTC and other officials of the Municipality of Porac.