Archive for November, 2012

Palayan City donates land to TESDA-NE

The Palayan City Government recently donated 4,000 square meter lot to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authotity-Nueva Ecija which will soon become TESDA-NE Provincial Office’s new home in its effort to further improve its services to the Novo Ecijanos.

Part of the land will also be used to expand the training facilities of the Provincial Training Center-Palayan, one of the 12 technology institutions of TESDA in Central Luzon.

In a two-page resolution passed on August 6, 2012, the City Council, led by Vice Mayor Moises Carmona Jr. authorized the donation. Palayan City Mayor Romeo Capinpin has affirmed the resolution. According to TESDA-Nueva Ecija Provincial Director Luz Amponin, the lot is located in Brgy. Singalat beside the compound of PTC-Palayan. It (lot) boots our drive to further improve our services to the people of Nueva Ecija, she said.

For TESDA3 RD Ted Gatchalian, the donation affirms TESDA-CL’s strategic position as it nurtures partnership with the local government units and the private sector. We are very happy because this (donation) proved once again that we are on the right track in terms of implementing sound and relevant technical vocational projects. It also means that we are gaining headway in promoting the agency’s programs and services and our partners appreciate it by showing their full support, he said. (Gilbert M. Castro)

Zambales PG grants P2M to TESDA

The Provincial Government of Zambales, led by Governor Hermogenes Ebdane Jr., once again showed its high regard to technical vocational education as one of the keys to the province’s pursuit towards an inclusive and sustainable development.

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Zambales presided by Vice Governor Ramon Lacbain recently passed a resolution granting P2M to TESDA-Zambales for the construction of a multi-purpose building within the compound of the Provincial Training Center in Iba, Zambales. The facility, which is expected to rise in 2013, will be used in delivering technology-based training and livelihood courses for cash-strapped but able-bodied Zambaleños. It will also house a spacious multi-purpose hall.

According to TESDA-Zambales Provincial Director Elizabeth Manio, the P2M grant is part of Gov. Ebdane’s priority projects for 2012 under his 20% development fund. Once completed, it will dramatically increase our training absorptive capacity especially in community-based training which spells good news to our kababayans who are eager to acquire skills for jobs or livelihood, she said. TESDA shall manage the facility and submit reports to the Office of the Governor.

The donation comes at the heels of the Zambales SP’s P.5M grant on June 2012 for the training of tech-voc trainers of the province. This financial grant clearly speaks volume of the Provincial Government’s recognition and trust on technical education and skills development to curb unemployment and reduce poverty in the province, an elated PD Manio said. (Gilbert M. Castro)


Mitsumi Phils renews DTS accord with Bataan TTIs


The Mitsumi Philippines, one of the biggest and longest-running export companies at the Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB), inked a supplemental agreement to ensure the continuity of heir Dual Training System (DTS) partnership with the Regional Training Center Central Luzon- Mariveles and the Provincial Training Center- Orion.

Mitsumi’s Managing Director Yoshinori Saso signed the agreement with Engr. Jaime Castillo, center chief of RTCCL Mariveles, and Eufronio Torres, center administrator of PTC-Orion on October 2, 2012 at the company’s premises in the FAB.

 The agreement provides for the improvement of training facilities of the two training centers to better prepare the DTS trainees before they start their in-plant training. Mitsumi’s DTS partnership the two training centers dates back to 2002. (Gilbert M. Castro)


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DSWD, TESDA-CL prepares for Cash for Training project

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Central Luzon’s Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA-CL) braces for the implementation of the P139M Cash for Training Project (C4TP) for the region.

During the recent orientation of Central Luzon’s provincial, city and municipal social welfare at the Heroes Hall, City of San Fernando, TESDA-CL Regional Director Teodoro Gatchalian, explained that each C4TP scholar shall receive a training package worth P20,000. This includes the payment of training fees, starter tool kit, and training allowance. Post training assistance will be provided by TESDA thru its jobs bridging activities. Likewise, the DSWD and PESO of local government units shall assist the graduates to land jobs, and organize and nurture micro enterprises.

 With the help of our TESDA Technology Institutions, the public and private technical vocational institutions, and local government units, the scholars will be trained for wage (trabaho) or self-employment (hanapbuhay), he explained. He added that the trainings will be delivered either in-school (classroom-type approach) or on-site thru the mobile training system using the system of TESDA’s Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP). The training for hanapbuhay includes helpful modules on entrepreneurial skills development.

 The C4TP is a spin-off of the Philippine government’s Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT), more popularly known in the country as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. The project is expected to produce close to 7,000 scholars to be identified under the expanded Government Incentives Program (GIP) being steered by the DSWD. The project is expected to kick-off in 2013.

 Aside from the TWSP, RD Gatchalian also discussed TESDA’s pro-active jobs skills matching process, its major programs and services, and the competency assessment and certification program. The latter becomes an integral part of the C4TP since all the scholar-graduates shall undergo competency assessment to affirm their skills proficiency for them to earn a National Certificate (NC) or Certificate of Competency (COC). The NC or COC are indispensable documents that matter in the world of employment especially in overseas.

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TESDA-CL to upgrade skills for jobs of Zambaleños

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Technical Education and Skills Development Authority-Central Luzon (TESDA-CL) Regional Director Teodoro Gatchalian and Zambales Provincial Director Elizabeth Manio recently joined Governor Hermogenes Ebdane Jr., Vice Governor Ramon Lacbain and the heads of regional government agencies to map out plans to upgrade the skills for employment of Zambaleños.

All regional agency heads and representatives responded to some 14 identified issues related to skills upgrading and agreed on the actions to be taken in the activity dubbed as Agency Regional Offices and Zambales Provincial Officials Dialogue held recently at Gov. Ebdane’s hometown in Sinabacan, Candelaria, Zambales.

The NEDA-III sponsored dialogue is the initial response to Gov. Ebdane’s call for a purposive and focused assistance to Zambales primarily to upgrade the skills of the residents towards employment and productivity. Below is TESDA-CL’s share in the action plan. Also present to provide related assistance are the heads and representatives of DepEd DOLE, DSWD, DTI, CHED, DOST, DA, and an SUC.


TESDA’s Commitment

Actions to be Taken



Inadequate employment opportunities for TVET and baccalaureate graduates. Also: less employable graduates



-Ensure the availability of qualified manpower

-Institutionalize on-line jobs referral system

-Improve best job-fit

-Reduce job-labor mismatch

-Implement enterprise-based training among tech-voc providers and SUCs

-Enhance training curriculum to include values education and entrepreneurship development


Inadequate scholarship subsidy

Purposive and effective implementation of the DSWD-TESDA Cash for Training Program


-Rationalize distribution of scholarship slots


Oversupply of nurses

Retraining/re-tooling for specific programs

Provision of training thru scholarships, and competency assessment







Job-skills mismatch

-Continuous promotion of Dual Training System

-Conduct of industry profiling

-Close cooperation with the authorities of the three (3) Freeport Zones of Central Luzon based on signed MOA

-Regular review of courses

-Curriculum offered to be linked to industry needs

-partner with LGUs to establish and manage provincial and/or municipal training centers





Retraining/re-tooling of workers and labor force to fit the needs of the local and overseas work demands

Need for skills upgrading to promote employment opportunities and address job-skills mismatch

-Conduct appropriate training programs based on key employment generators (KEGs)

Promote delivery of higher order thinking skills (HOTS)

Need for assessment and certification of teachers in Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE)

-Conduct competency assessment and certification schedules


Assess and certify TLE teachers


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