Month: August 2013

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.


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