Archive for August, 2013

TESDA chief leads relief op in Bulacan and Pampanga

Deep flood waters caused by tropical storm Maring and aggravated by the habagat did not stop Secretary Joel Villanueva, TESDA Director General from joining RD Ted Gatchalian of TESDA-III, PD Benhur Baniqued of TESDA-Pampanga, and the officers and members of the association of technical vocational schools in Bulacan and Pampanga in the relief operations done in the two provinces on August 24.

“This is our way of celebrating the 19th anniversary of TESDA,” said Sec. Villanueva. The agency was born on August 25, 1994 by virtue of Republic Act 7996.

Early in the day, Sec. Villanueva, RD Ted, PD Luz Amponin of TESDA-Bulacan, and the Bulacan Association of Technical Schools (BATS) donated relief goods in the flood-affected towns of Bocaue, Paombong, and Calumpit in Bulacan.

Afterwards they proceeded to Macabebe, Minalin, and Sto. Tomas to turn over rice, canned, goods, bottled water, and instant noodles to the local chief executives of the affected towns. The relief items will be distributed to hundreds of affected families stranded in relocation areas. Heavy assistance was provided by the officers and members of the Pampanga Federation of Technical Institutions (PAFTI), led by Gene Militante and Gregorio Sison Jr.

TESDA3 inks dual training accord with Yokohama tires

TESDA-Central Luzon, thru its Provincial Training Center in Tarlac, recently forged a training accord with Yokohama Tire Philippines, Inc. (YTPI) for the implementation of the Dual Training System (DTS).

Led by Regional Director Teodoro Gatchalian and Tarlac Provincial Director Belinda Labutong, PTC-Tarlac Center Administrator Leonardo Tabamo signed the DTS the memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the three vice presidents of YTPI namely Tadaharu Yamamoto, Kesitoshi Morimoto, and Angelina Casasola. PTC Tarlac shall supply welding trainees to the YTPI, one of the largest tire manufacturing firms been operating at the Clark Freeport Zone for nearly two decades.

“We are thankful and delighted that YTPI has become our partner in the implementation of the DTS in Central Luzon. This is a big boost in our efforts to develop and nurture stronger ties with the private sector, especially among the industries” said RD Gatchalian. “We believe that the program is the most appropriate and effective mode of delivery training wherein the public and private technical vocational institutions can directly address the needs of the industries by training and producing skilled workers with positive work attitude,” he added.

For YTPI Vice President Angelina Casasola, “We are very happy about this partnership with TESDA because it augurs well with the achievement of our company’s objectives, and also with our pursuit to relevance thru our corporate social responsibility projects.” This was echoed by hedr fellow VPs Tadaharu Yamamoto and Kesitoshi Morimoto. Casasola added that YTPI has just completed its expansion program which will require additional workers in the next 2-3 years.

RD Gatchalian explained that the DTS, made possible by Republic Act 7686, has since become one of TESDA’s flagship programs in the country today. “We have been rejuvenating the DTS in the region so that the schools and the industries are able to avail of and optimize its benefits. Under the program, the companies are assured of an adequate supply of competent manpower with positive work values while the schools are able to produce graduates whose skills and competence directly match the needs of the industries,” he said.

Sec. Villanueva leads nat’l launch of TSDP in Pampanga

Secretary Joel Villanueva, Director General of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) led the national launching of the agency’s Specialista Desk Program (TSDP) in Robinsons-San Fernando, Pampanga on July 12, 2013 with the officials of Robinsons Land (RLC) Corporation some national and provincial leaders.

“The goal is to create little hubs of TESDA programs and services that people can easily access, such as in malls,” Sec. Villanueva said. He added that the TSDP shall be manned by the staff of the TESDA Pampanga Provincial Office to answer questions and guide clients on in availing its services.

The TESDA sub-office, which is located at the Robinsons Malls Lingkod Pinoy Center (RMLPC), enables TESDA to bring its quality and responsive technical education and skills development programs and services closer and more accessible to the people of Pampanga and Central Luzon.

At least one TESDA staff shall hold office during weekdays from 10 am to 5 pm to answer queries and provide basic information about the Agency’s various programs and services. Information about skills training, assessment and certification of tech-voc graduates and workers, scholarships, program registration is available at the TSDP. It will also promote the TESDA Specialistas by informing the clients on how to avail their services and whereabouts.

TESDA and RLC inked a memorandum of agreement on May 20, 2013 which paved the way for the establishment of the TSDP at the Robinsons Malls Lingkod Pinoy Center (RMLPC). The RMLPC aims to bring government services in one convenient location, closer to the public. Help desks were also opened at the Robinsons Malls in Laguna and Cavite. The RMLPC is among the several stations  that the shopping mall giant plans to open all over the country to help promote TVET as an option among the youth, unemployed adults and other members of the country’s workforce.

During the national launch of the help desk at Robinsons Starmills in Pampanga,  TVET graduates showcased their  skills in massage therapy, haircutting, robotics, fruit carving, blood pressure and  blood typing, bartending, candy making, floral arrangements, cake decoration and table skirting, wellness massage) bartending, as well as singing and dancing.
Free services on haircutting, massage therapy and blood typing, among others, were also offered to the audience.


RD Ted, PD BenHur attend leaders trng in Singapore

TESDA-Central Luzon Regional Director Teodoro Gatchalian and Pampanga Provincial Director BenHur Baniqued joined the first batch of TESDA directors who attended the 21-day Leadership for Change Training Program from May-June 2013 in Singapore.

According to Secretary Joel Villanueva, TESDA Director General, the leadership training program seeks to enrich experience of the directors who are in the forefront in the management and supervision of technical vocational education and training (TVET) throughout the archipelago.

We need to enhance the leadership capabilities of our directors to cope with the dynamic and fast-paced structural and technological changes happening in the local and global workplace, he said.

The Leadership for Change Training Program is an initiative of TESDA and is being supported by the Temasek Foundation, Singapore, and the ITE Education Services (ITEES), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) based in Singapore. Temasek Foundation will be supporting the program with a grant of about US$382,000.
The program focused on workforce development and the role of TVET; leadership and management for organizational excellence; curriculum development and delivery; management of TVET Institutions; branding and marketing of TVET programs; and, resource management and development.

RD Gatchalian explained that the training program was highly interactive, experiential and hands-on. His action plan and presentation focused on the road towards an authentic TVET thru the promotion and implementation of the Dual Training System. We also enjoyed the learning journeys and were impressed with the transformation of TVET in Singapore, he said. 

Temasek Foundation is a non-profit philanthropic organization set up by Temasek, an Asia investment company with headquarters in Singapore, to support the building of human and social capital towards the development of communities in Asia. The foundation works with partners to support programs that develop people through health care, education and research; programs that build bridges between peoples; programs that build institutions of excellence through governance and ethics; and programs that rebuild lives and livelihood affected by natural disasters.

ITE is the largest single national post-secondary institution focused on TVET and provides career in technical education in Singapore at the technician or semi-professional level, and the principal authority for national occupational skills certification and standards. In 2003, ITE incorporated ITEES as its wholly owned subsidiary, responsible to share ITE’s success story in TVET with the international community. To date, ITEES has carried out numerous consultancy and training sessions in more than 20 countries.

Temasek Foundation and ITEES have assisted TESDA in the training of 60 lead TVET trainers in the development of printed and e-learning materials and the conduct of multiplier training for additional 680 trainers across the country. The first program was implemented in 2010, and has concluded successfully. (with reports from

TESDA partners with Autodesk for improved tech-voc education

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has partnered with Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), a world leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software to advance the learning environment in Philippine technical vocational education and training (TVET) institutions.

 The partnership shall offer Philippine students free access to Autodesk education software in TESDA-owned institutions as well as its network of public and private TVET institutions all over the country.

 TESDA is proud to partner with Autodesk, and supports Autodesk’s vision to help people imagine, design and create a better world, said Secretary Joel Villanueva, TESDA Director General after signing the memorandum of understanding with George Abraham, Autodesk’s head of education in emerging markets.

 This agreement is a testament that leading global software companies such as Autodesk recognize TESDA as a reputable and quality educational institution, and are willing to partner with us for educating and developing future industry leaders in Philippines, Sec. Villanueva added.
Meantime, Abraham said that Autodesk is excited to partner with TESDA.
Through this MoU, we look forward to supporting the government initiatives in developing a creative economy in Philippines by giving students access to Autodesk’s latest educational design and engineering software and training programs, he said.

 “The expansion of this program to Philippines demonstrates our continued commitment to supporting the next generation of architects, engineers, designers and digital artists,” Abraham added.
Autodesk learning materials will be made available to TESDA through the Autodesk Education Community portal. Students will have free access to software, a wealth of information and networking opportunities.

 Uder the partnership, TESDA institutions are able to download free Autodesk Education licenses via the Autodesk Resource Centre (ARC). This collaboration with Autodesk will enable TESDA to equip its students with professional skills and gain greater industry relevance and create next generation of digital artists.

 Autodesk will also invest resources for the development of professional skills among TESDA students’ through curriculum development.


TESDA goes hi-tech with Google Apps

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the Philippines’ prime agency for providing technical vocational education and training (TVET), recently worked with Google to increase collaboration and improve communication with all TESDA employees.

 Tech-voc students, trainers and staff will now have an access to a collaborative suite of free online applications thru Google Apps for Education, also used by many educational institutions.

 With Google Apps for Education, they will be able to send and receive e-mail with a domain name, store data and share documents with Drive, hold web-based video conferences with Google+Hangouts and easily develop websites by using its Sites.

 “Technology is increasingly playing a starring role in schools and educational institutions in helping students learn. Our adoption of the Google Apps is a testament to this,” said Secretary Joel Villanueva, TESDA Director General.

 Janet Suzie Yoon, country lead for Google Apps Supporting Program, said she hopes the use of the Google Apps would provide a new learning experience to both the students and educators, and help expand the reach of TVET among Filipinos in the country and overseas.

 We are very excited to be working with TESDA on this ground breaking project, and hope it will empower your staff and the agency as a whole,” said Yoon in a letter to Sec. Villanueva sent before the launch. The project will be implemented first in the TESDA Central Office afterwards it will be expanded to the regional and provincial units, and later on, in the agency’s technology institutes. (Roselyn Salagan)

Job seekers vie for 40,000 slots TESDA, DOLE mega jobs fair

More than 40,000 jobs were up for grabs on April 30, 2013 at the job fair organized by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Department of Labor and Employment in Tarlac City in celebration of Labor Day.

President Benigno Aquino III made the rounds in various booths installed at St. Michael’s Park in Camp Sevillano Aquino, San Miguel in Tarlac City to check out the job postings. He was accompanied by Secretary Joel Villanueva, TESDA director general, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, TESDA-III Regional Director Teodoro Gatchalian and TESDA Tarlac Provincial Director Belinda Labutong.

We honor the country’s workers on Labor Day, and the government is doing all it can to make their lives better through more and better services, Sec. Villanueva said.
The other face of Labor Day is opening avenues of opportunity to the people, including TESDA graduates, to be employed so that they would be productive members of society, he added.

A total of 126 local employers and overseas recruitment agencies were at the fair, as thousands of graduates, including technical vocational graduates of TESDA came armed with their credentials to try out for their future job.

For the one-day fair, a total of 40,874 postings were made available to the applicants by the 70 local employers and 50 overseas recruitment agencies. Among the firms and employers who participated were from the business process outsourcing industry and other companies offering in-demand skills. Several applicants were hired on the spot, while a number were asked to stand-by for further processing of their application.

Job fairs make the applicants think that ‘this will be the one.’ I urge them to continue bearing the attitude, try it out on which would best suit their skills because it is a way for young people to get a foot into the workforce, Villanueva said.

As part of further promoting TVET in the region the TESDA-Tarlac Provincial Office, in tandem with Tarlac-PAHETI set up booths that offered health and wellness treats like free haircut, massage, foot spa, manicure and pedicure. It also treated the audience with skills demonstration on cocktail mixing, cake decoration and quick culinary arts. (from

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