Lapeña Pushes to Revitalize CTECs

December 16, 2018

Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General, Secretary Isidro S. Lapeña, has expressed support to revitalize Community Training and Employment Coordinators (CTECs) nationwide.

Secretary Lapeña made the call during a speech at the 3-day CTECs Congress held at the Grand Regal Hotel in Davao City last Dec. 10-14 with the theme “Gearing Towards Vibrant and Inclusive Technical Vocational Education and Training”.

Lapeña cited in his speech the importance of the partnership and coordination between TESDA and local government units (LGUs) to ensure that communities are aware of and have access to TESDA’s programs and services.

The event aims to validate the new Competency Standards for CTECs, and gather inputs for formulating competency assessment tools for these standards.

Created during the height of the National Manpower and Youth Council (NMYC), CTECs are designated regular employees of LGUs tasked with planning, coordinating and evaluating tech-voc programs in their respective localities.

According to Lapeña, the CTECs play an important role in ensuring that TESDA programs are effective and lasting, thus, it is imperative that LGUs and their CTECs are involved with and competent in planning, organizing, managing and monitoring training and employment programs.

The TESDA chief expressed his confidence that issues regarding CTECs positions and incentives will also soon be addressed.

“I encourage every LGU to designate CTECs nationwide, and TESDA to provide support and assistance. We hope to work in addressing the long-desire of CTECs to have plantilla positions, or at least device an incentive system for them. I know this is hard, but nothing is impossible,” said Lapeña.

TESDA shall push for the establishment of local technical education and skills development (TESD) committees to coordinate and monitor the delivery of skills development activities implemented by the public and private sectors, which shall serve as the TESDC local development councils.

At present, there are active TESD committees in the provinces of Bukidnon, Cebu and Davao del Norte.

Under the joint TESDA-DILG Memorandum Circular 2003-174, dated August 25, 2003, it is stated that CTECs are regular LGU personnel who were trained by the TESDA to plan, organize and monitor the community-based training and enterprise development programs of LGUs.

Lapeña said that TESDA, in close coordination with the DILG, will be revisiting the circular in order for it to fit the current times.

“Through this, the LGU can design and earmark funds for their own training programs that will be responsive to the peculiar needs of the community, and TESDA will provide the technical assistance needed,” added Lapeña

He also stressed that the role of the CTECs was part of his “community-driven economics” for a more “people-oriented” TVET.

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