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.