Rolando V. Dela Torre, a true blue TESDAn and a tested vocational school administrator in CALABARZON is the new provincial director (PD) of TESDA Nueva Ecija effective Jan 4, 2013.
He succeeded PD Luz Victoria Amponin, who was re-assigned in Bulacan. She replaced Regional Director Ted Garchalian who held the post in concurrent capacity after it was vacated by then PD Cenon Querubin, now the RD of TESDA-I. PD Amponin formally turned over her post to PD Dela Torre on January 14 in a ceremony held at La Parilla Hotel, Cabanatuan City, which was hosted by the Nueva Ecija Association of Technical Vocational Institutions (NEATVI).
PD Roland, as he prefers to be addressed, reveals his 90-days action plan to improve the output and performance of TESDA Nueva Ecija. Before he was promoted as PD, he served as Vocational School Vocational Administrator III of the Jacobo Z. Gonzales Memorial School of Arts and Technology in Biñan, Laguna starting in 2007. He also served as chief-officer in charge of the Finance and Administrative Division of TESDA Region IV-A from 2005-2007. PD Roland, a Cavite native, is a master electrician as well as a PhD in public administration.
The management of the Provincial Training Center-Malolos (PTC-Malolos) is now in the hands of the City Government of Malolos.
This developed as TESDA, led by Secretary Joel Villanueva inked a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the City Government of Malolos headed by Mayor Christian Natividad on March 4, 2013, effectively devolving management and supervision of the Bulacan-based technology institution. The joint endeavor, according to Mayor Natividad, aims to turn the training center’s delivery of training and skills development opportunities more responsive and accessible to the needs of the city residents. “This is in line with the Aquino administration’s commitment to leadership development and support for educational and cultural activities,” he said.
For his part Sec. Villanueva stressed that the partnership is intended to share information and expertise so that everyone can access technical education and skills development opportunities. “This is not just a record of agreement, ut rather a partnership in enhancing capability building and skills provision. This will be of great help to the public, out of school youths, women, disadvantaged groups, workers, and to anybody who has the interest in technical and skills development, he said. The MOA allows for exchange and combination of expertise between TESDA and the City Government.
Also present during the MOA signing are TESDA-III Regional Director Teodoro Gatchalian, TESDA-Bulacan Provincial Director Luz Victoria Amponin, Kathrine Angeles of PTC Malolos, Malolos Vice Mayor Gilbert Gatchalian City Administrator Rizaldy Mendoza and Ravenal Ramos, Department Head of the City’s Community Training and Employment Office. Also present are CIBAC Party list representative Sherwin Tugna, Malolos Police Chief David Poklay, and Councilor Noel Pineda.
PTC-Malolos is situated in Sitio Umboy in San Agustin, City of Malolos a few steps away from the historic Barasoain Church. It offers welding, food and beverage servicing, bread and pastry production, and bartending courses. It is also an accredited testing center for the same qualifications. The process of devolving the training center was initiated in 2004.
The TESDA Provincial Office (PO) in Nueva Ecija will soon call Palayan City as its home as Governor Aurelio “Oyie” Umali led the groundbreaking of the new site in Brgy. Singalat near the Provincial Capitol on February 19, 2013.
The new site of the provincial office is found within the 4,000 square meter lot which was donated by the Palayan City Government, thru Mayor Romeo Capinpin and Vice Mayor Moises Carmona Jr. on August 6, 2012. It is adjacent to the Provincial Training Center-Palayan.
For Gov. Umali, the transfer of TESDA-PO from Cabanatuan City to Palayan will boost the agency and the local government’s efforts to further improve its technical education and skills development services to the Novo Ecijanos. RD Ted Gatchalian, on the other hand, thanked Gov. Umali and Mayor Capinpin for their support to TESDA and its undertakings. “We are happy because we are on the right track in terms of implementing relevant technical education and skills development (TESD) in tandem with the LGUs of the province”, he said.
The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by TESDA Provincial Director Roland Dela Torre and PTC-Palayan staff, officials and members of the Nueva Ecija Association Technical Vocational Institutions, students, and other TESD partners.
The Gonzalo Puyat School of Arts and Trades (GPSAT) has successfully entered into a landmark agreement with Yokohama Tires Philippines, Inc. (YTPI), one of the biggest locators in Clark Freeport Zone engaged in manufacturing automobile tires, for the delivery of Dual Training System (DTS).
For YTPI, this marks the first time ever that the Japanese-owned firm will venture into DTS. The memorandum of agreement (MOA), signed by Alvin Sagum, GPSAT School Administrator and Tadaharu Yamamoto, YTPI Executive Vice-President and Administrative Division Manager, consummated on March 15, 2013 is for the delivery of DTS on welding and automotive technology. YTPI used to deliver enterprise-based training thru the Apprenticeship Program mode.
The signing of the MOA was done in the presence of TESDA Pampanga Provincial Director Ben-Hur Baniqued and Joel de Jesus, focal person in DTS in Pampanga. The YTPI officials present during the MOA signing include Toshinari Matsumoto, Executive Vice President and Assistant Plant Operations Division Manager; Angelina Casasola, Vice President and department manager; Juanito Arona, Vice President for Plant Operations Division, and Geraldine Bautista Human Resource Manager.
The partnership is much a needed ‘shot in the arm’ for GPSAT, boosting its efforts in opening its doors to partners thru the delivery of industry-responsive courses for the Kapampangan youth towards employment and productivity.
Finally, a corporate identity for the federation of the associations of technical vocational institutions (TVIs) in Region III is assured.
The heads of the TVI associations, led by Gregorio ‘Bong’ Sison Jr. of the Pampanga Federation of Technical Institutions, Inc (PAFTI) forged the constitution and by-laws the Central Luzon Technical Vocational Institution Federation, Incorporated or TVI-Central last January 16, 2013 at the TESDA-III office at the City of San Fernando, Pampanga.
TVI-Central aims to develop and offer sustainable and market-driven technical vocational education and training programs in Central Luzon. It also seeks to nurture harmonious partnership with the TESDA Regional and Provincial units and other TVET stakeholders in terms of policy formulation and implementation, upgrading and standardization of TVET programs, and TVET marketing and advocacy.
As head of TVI-Central, Mr. Bong Sison vowed to pursue programs and activities that shall foster camaraderie among the member schools, and those that seek to enhance the delivery of sound, good quality technical vocational education and training in the region.
Aside from PAFTI, the member associations and heads are the Aurora Technical Vocational Educators Association, Inc. (ATVEA) Jaime S. Gose, President; Bataan Federation of Technical Institutions, Inc. (BaFTI) Rogelio S. Zulueta Jr., President; Bulacan Association of Technical Schools, Inc. (BATS) Millie S. Kaw, President; Nueva Ecija Association of Technical Vocational Institutions, Inc (NEATVI) Teresita L. Monzon, President; Philippine Association of Higher Education and Technical Institutions-Tarlac, Inc (PAHETI-Tarlac) Luisito G. De Jesus, President; and Olongapo-Zambales Association of Technical Institutions, Inc. (OZAPTI) Rene Paulo M. Legaspi, President.
The 1st Bulacan TVET Career Expo, which aims to promote technical vocational education and training programs (TVET) among senior high school students and to increase TVET enrolment, was launched on March 1, 2013 at the Baliuag Gymnasium, Baliuag, Bulacan with Secretary Joel Villanueva, TESDA Director General as the guest of honor.
The expo also served as a career guidance medium to help students to develop self-awareness and self-reflection to determine a suitable plan for their careers. It was participated in by more than 2,000 graduating high school students and 40 technical vocational institutions operating in the province. Sec. Villanueva, a certified graduate of food and beverage servicing wowed the crowd by showing his wares in Barista. Other skills demonstration on hair cutting, massage therapy, cooking, and cellular phone repair were also conducted simultaneously.
Considered as the first TVET exposition in Bulacan and in Central Luzon, the activity was spearheaded by the Bulacan Association of Technical School (BATS) in coordination with TESDA Bulacan. The guests include TESDA-III RD Ted Gatchalian, Pulilan Mayor Vicente Esguerra, DepEd Division Chief Superintendent Jun Villamejor, representatives from the provincial government of Bulacan, and the presidents and heads of TVIs in the province.
Secretary Joel Villenueva, TESDA’s Director General, leads the mass graduation of more than 1,200 graduates of the agency’s Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) on March 1, 2013 at the Bulacan Gymnasium in Baliuag, Bulacan. The program was organized by the Bulacan Association of Technical Schools (BATS) in coordination with TESDA-Bulacan.
The graduates successfully completed trainings in Electrical Installation and Maintenance, Consumer Electronics Servicing, Massage Therapy, and Welding. Aside from handing out the training certificates, Sec. Villanueva also awarded tools as starting kits to the scholar-graduates which will come in handy especially those who are interested in puruisng self-employment. On the other hand, the Provincial Youth, Sports, Employment, Arts, Culture, and Tourism Office (PYSEACTO) of the Provincial Government of Bulacan assists the graduates in landing jobs in various industries within the province.
Other luminaries include Mayor Vicente Esguerra of Pulilan, Amancio Villamejor, Jr., Division Superintendent of the Malolos City Schools, TESDA Regional Director Teodoro Gatchalian, Millie Kaw, president of BATS, and Elizabeth Alonzo, chief of PYSEACTO.