Month: October 2012

TESDA ACE3 fetes employees, RD TMG

An eventful Employees’ Day for the staff of TESDA-III was led by the Alliance of Concerned Employees of Region III (ACE-III) headed by outgoing President Melanie Grace Romero on October 9, 2012 at the Colegio De Sebastian in Maimpis, City of San Fernando.

The day-long festivities include the conduct of forum on the Performance-based Incentive System (PBI), the ACE-III president’s report, awarding of loyalty certificates to select staff of TESDA-III, recognition diligent unit representatives; oath taking of the newly-elected ACE-III officers; and the celebration of RD Ted Gatchalian’s birthday. The featured activity is the ballroom-themed, group dance competition which had seven entries from the regional and provincial offices. The employees and employees dressed up semi-formal.

Gracela Ortiz and Adoracion Macalino of the Department of Budget and Management-III explained the PBI, cascaded thru Executive Order No. 80 s. 2012. It governs the basis for granting cash incentives for government agencies and state workers. Under the system, state workers shall continue to receive the performance enhancement (PEI) across the board bonus of P5,000.

On the other hand, the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB), dubbed as a top-up bonus, shall be granted to employees based on their contribution to the accomplishment of their agency’s overall targets and commitments categorized as poor, good, better, and best. The poor receives no PBB. “Good” agencies shall receive P15,000; “better” with P25,000 and the “best”, with P35,000. Individuals in each category shall be ranked as “good” to “best” performer. They will receive the equivalent top up bonuses.

At least eight TESDA-III employees were cited for their continuous years of service, thus becoming the 2012 Loyalty Awardees: Mercedita Garcia (15 years) and Ruby Dela Cruz (20 years) of Provincial Office (PO)-Bataan; Leonardo Tabamo (20) of Provincial Training Center-Tarlac; Esteban Samatra Jr. (20) of PO-Nueva Ecija.

The rest have been serving at TESDA for 25 years: Herwina Buenaventura of PO-Pampanga, Teresita Matulac and Rogelio Lacro of the Regional Office; and Lilibeth Lilles of the Regional Training Center-Guiguinto. Each of them received a plaque of recognition from RD Gatchalian.

Grace Corazon Castillo of PO-Bataan took her oath as the new president of ACE-III, along with the newly elected officers. This will be Castillo’s second tour of duty as head the association. Her vice presidents are Virgilio Catipon of PO-Aurora (external affairs) and Bong Tabamo (internal affairs). RD Gatchalian led the oath taking.

The PO-Tarlac dancers mesmerized the judges and waltzed away with the top honors during the ballroom-dance competition. Each member received P1,000 cash from RD Gatchalian. The RO group, with RD Ted in tow, placed second. PO Zambales is third. The second and third placers each received P500 and P300, respectively. The provincial directors gamely they joined the dance competition, sparking excitement and drawing applause from the participants.

RD Ted received a surprise party from ACE-III and all the employees. His birthday is on October 10. Video grabs of well-wishes from the POs got his attention. Gift giving followed courtesy of the all the unit heads and staff. He thanked everyone for the precious moment and exhorted them to continue dishing out their best to sustain the momentum that TESDA-III has attained in the last 18 months. The singing of the Auld Lang Syne, a tribute to the celebrator, capped the affair. 

TESDA3, BPAP trains CL IT-BPO mentors

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP) Train the Trainers Program kicks off in Central Luzon with the conduct of the Trainers Methodology (TM) Plus course at the Cyber City Educational Foundation at Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles City.

At least 30 trainers of courses under the information technology and business process outsourcing (IT-BPO) industry from 18 different schools in Pampanga are attending the rigid training from October 11-22. They are scholars, said TESDA-III Regional Director Ted Gatchalian,since the program is being delivered under TESDA’s P500-millionindustry-based Training for Work Scholarship Program (iTWSP).

TM Plus is a must course for aspiring trainers who intend to earn certification from TESDA and BPAP as a TM1 trainer. Its design fused TESDA's TM1 modules, the latest version intended to enhance trainers teaching skills,with the IT-BPO’s industry essentials.

I-TWSP is a key component of the government and the IT-BPO industry’s Road Map 2016 to increase total industry generated jobs from 1.8 million in 2010 (500,000 direct and 1.3 million indirect) to 4.5 million in 2016 (1.3 million direct and 3.2 million indirect). In 2011, the IT-BPO industry generated US$11 B in revenues. The industry road map seeks to increase earnings to US$25 B by 2016.

It (TM Plus) will help ensure that we have a pool of highly competent IT-BPO trainers. Through this, we hope to achieve a multiplier effect that will increase IT-BPO-oriented training opportunities, TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva said.

Likewise, RD Gatchalian explained that they are working with the Association of Technical Vocational Institutions in Central Luzon (TVIs-Central) to deliver the TM Plus in the region. The group of resource speakers is composed of mentors from the Philippine Society for Training and Development (PSTD) and trainers from Pampanga.

The current batch is the first of the three for Central Luzon. The second is slated in Bulacan and the third, again, in Pampanga. Central Luzon has been provided 90 vouchers.

The program is divided in two parts. The first is an 11-day classroom and e-learning sessions. The next is a one a half day internship, where the trainees co-facilitate training in an IT-BPO facility. Before finishing, trainees must take the test using the tool developed by Philippine Society for Training and Development (PSTD) as well as TESDA’s TM 1 National Assessment. Certificates of achievement will be issued once they pass the tests.

TESDA has allocated P18 million (900 vouchers) for the TM Plus, developed jointly by TESDA and BPAP. Another P7.2 million (804 vouchers) will be used for TM1.

The TM Plus modules include: plan training session; facilitate learning sessions; utilize electronic media in trainings; supervise work-based instruction; conduct competency assessments; maintain training facilities, and apply skills and knowledge through an internship.


Sec Joel leads NE, Pampanga mass graduation rites

You made the right choice with tech-voc education, says Secretary Joel Villanueva, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General, because jobs are waiting for every tech-voc graduate, as he leads the mass graduation of more than 4,000 tech-voc scholars in Nueva Ecija and Pampanga at separate venues on September 26, 2012.

Sec. Villanueva described TESDA and its technical education and skills development (TESD) programs as the college for jobs. More than 60% of our tech-voc graduates nationwide land jobs here and abroad. The remaining 40% are being catered to by the TESDA Specialista Technopreneurship Program, which promotes self-employment and livelihood among our graduates in tandem with the local government units. We provide starter tool-kits and other vital support to our Specialistas, who are now earning well to support their families, he said.

He added that TESDA is the first choice of companies in need of skilled workers citing the international recognition for the National Certificates being issued by the agency. In terms of overseas employment, the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency can attest to the high demand for skilled Filipinos like welders and food and beverage service attendants. We attribute this success to the quality service of our services which has earned the coveted ISO certification, he said. So far, TESDA is the only government agency devoted to training and education that is ISO certified.

The youthful secretary further stressed that landing a good paying job is no longer a game of chance. Hindi ako naniniwala na tsamba ang dahilan kung bakit kayo (the graduates) naririto ngayon. He cited the results of a recent survey of more than 5,000 companies which states that at least 86% of the companies are “satisfied with TESDA’s services. More importantly, they are “satisfied with the tech-voc graduates.

            He then challenged the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) scholar-graduates to work extra hard, and to work with passion and pride to achieve success. Ang tagumpay ninyo at tagumpay ng ating bayan, he said.

Meantime, TESDA-Central Luzon Regional Director Ted Gatchalian explained that the mass graduation aims to further promote TESD as one of the best means to boost the employment of the people. It is also a good opportunity for us to gather and pay tribute to our partners from the private sector, and local government units who has been supporting our programs.

The Nueva Ecija rites at the Palayan Convention Center, themed: TVET, Our Choice and Pathway Toward Successful Careers, is organized by the Nueva Ecija Association of Technical Vocational Institutionsheaded by its Reynato Arimbuyutan. On the other hand, the Pampanga Mass Graduation and TVET Trainees Day at the University of Assumption Gym, dubed as TESDA, Kaantabe Queng Tagumpe (TESDA, Partner to Success) is led by the Pampanga Federation of Technical Vocational Institutions headed by Gregorio ‘Bong’ Sison. Providing support are the TESDA-Nueva Ecija and Pampanga, headed by Provincial Director Luz Amponin and Officer-in-Charge Jenica Dunglao, respectively.

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