Delegates from the seven provinces participated in the 2013 TESDA Central Luzon Regional Skills Competition (CL-RSC) held from December 16-18, 2013 at different venues in Pampanga, Bulacan, and Bataan.
The four-day CL-RSC was formally opened on Dec. 16 by TESDA-III Regional Director Teodoro Gatchalian at the Robinsons Starmills in the City of San Fernando.
“This competition showcases the world-class skills and competence of our technical vocational trainees in 23 competition areas across several industries such as auto land transport, information technology, hotel and tourism, construction, health and wellness, and metals and engineering,” RD Gatchalian said.
Aside from the medals and cash prizes, the winners shall for the honors of representing Central Luzon in the Philippine National Skills Competition and possibly in the ASEAN and World Skills Competitions.
“Skills competition is one of TESDA’s most effective social marketing and promotion strategies that elevate the Filipinos’ knowledge and awareness of technical vocational education as a viable career path,” RD Gatchalian added.
He further said that TESDA’s lead partners in organizing the CL-RSC include the Central Luzon Technical Vocational Institutions Federation or TVI-Central Association, local government units, and the industries.
“We intend to continue holding skills competitions to showcase our youth’s skills and competence; advocate technical vocational education and the blue collar occupation,” he said.
Aside from skills competition, the provincial delegates shall also compete in the Regional Socio-Cultural Competition. The events include singing (solo and duet), modern dance (group), battle of the bands and the Mr. and Ms. TVET-Central Luzon.
Secretary Joel Villanueva will be the guest of honor and speaker during the awarding ceremony that will be held in the Bren Guiao Convention Center on Dec. 19.
DTS MOA Signing. (From L-R, seated) TESDA3 Regional Director Teodoro Gatchalian signs the DTS MOA with Leonardo Tabamo, Center Administrator of PTC-Tarlac, Tadaharu Yamamoto and Angelina Casasola, Vice Presidents of YTPI.
RD Gathalian and VP Yamamoto with Virginia Bondoc (2nd from left), OIC-Provincial Director of TESDA Zambales, Belinda Labutong (5th from left), TESDA-Tarlac Provincial Director, YTPI VP Kesitoshi Morimoto, TESDA3 and PTC Tarlac trainers, and the human resource management officers and staff of YTPI.
Sanyo Semiconductor Manufacturing Philippines Corporation (SSMPC), one the country’s leading manufacturer of electronic products operating in Luisita Industrial Park, Tarlac City, was adjudged as TESDA’s National Kabalikat Awardee in the industry-partner category.
The award was received by Erlinda Aquino, human resource officer of SSMPC during the TESDA Institutional Awards on August 23, 2013. The event was one of the highlights of the Agency’s 19th anniversary celebration themed: “TESDA at Mangagawang Pilipino, Magkasangga sa Patuloy na Pag-Asenso”.
As an active partner of TESDA-Tarlac in the delivery of enterprise-based training (EBT) in the province, SSMPC embarked on the implementation of the Apprenticeship Program (AP) more than 12 years ago. To date, more than 50% of the total regular workforce of SSMPC is a product of the AP and Dual Training System. They continue to support EBT by establishing new partnerships with other technical vocational institutions in Tarlac.
The Kabalikat is TESDA’s way of paying tribute and recognizing the outstanding contribution of its partners in the delivery of technical education and skills development programs throughout the country.
Meantime, Tarlac once again produced TESDA-III’s regional Idol ng TESDA. They are Jonathan Gotidoc, Jr. in the wage-employed category and Marvin Castañeda, winner in the self-employed category.
Since childhood, Gotidoc, a trainer from Tarlac School of Arts and Trades (TSAT) dreams to become a teacher but poverty forced him to stop his college degree. Refusing to give up on his lifelong dream, he opted to enroll in a 2-year hotel and restaurant management course at TSAT. Afterwards, he attended TESDA’s Trainers Methodology1 course and passed the competency assessment which allowed him to become a certified tech-voc trainer.
TESDA helped him achieve his dreams in ways he never expected.
Today, Gotidoc helps his family in their everyday needs. He also enrolled in Bachelor of Science major in technology and home economics to further sharpen his skills and enhance his qualifications.
Marvin Castañeda, winner in the self-employed category had a familiar route. A course in Basic reflexology in 2007 enabled him to initially provide home service within his immediate locality. Hard work, patience, and determination pushed him to put up a reflexology nook in Uniwide Store, Tarlac City, employing the services of five massage therapists.
In 2012, he became a scholar under TESDA’s Training for Work Scholarship Program. He enrolled in Massage Therapy NCII and passed the competency assessment which boosted his business. He also became a TESDA Specialista. Aside from earning an average of P25,000 a month, he also serve as a trainer in the Provincial Government of Tarlac’s community-based trainings.
The new of Idols ng TESDA represent the best and the finest among thousands of skills training graduates from TESDA supervised training institutions and technical vocational institutions.
TESDA-III Regional Director Teodoro Gatchalian unveiled a state-of-the-art automotive servicing training facility of the Lyceum of Subic as part of the school’s mid-year commencement exercises.
“We have to commend and thank to Lyceum of Subic, led by its president, Mr. Alfonso Borda, for coming up with a modern automotive servicing training facility which is vital in producing quality tech-voc graduates that are job-fit for the industry,” RD Gatchalian said.
For his part, Borda reported that their automotive servicing graduates achieved a 100 percent employment rate due to the quality of training that the school provides. “Several companies have already approached us asking for our automotive graduates, which excite us even more since we can definitely increase enrollment and forge more industry partnerships thru TESDA’s Dual Training System (DTS),” he explained.
Meantime, TESDA Zambales Officer-in-Charge Virginia Bondoc expressed confidence that Lyceum’s initiative shall inspire other schools to emulate, boosting the quality and delivery of tech-voc training in the province, and consequently, benefit the industries which absorb the graduates.
Also present during the event were Commissioner on Higher Education Regional Director Virginia Akiate and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Senior Deputy Administrator for the Regulatory Group Jocelyn Alvarado.