Reforms in Technical Education and Training Have Been Adopted
With the creation of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), reforms in technical education and training have been adopted. The basic objective of this reform is to translate into operational terms the user-led TVET strategy — not just to increase private industry participation in skills development but to have the private industry lead in all aspects of TVET.
The establishment of Industry Board (IB) is anchored on the TESDA Law (R.A No. 7796) Section 26 and Rule VI of the TESDA Implementing Rules and Regulations which states that TESDA shall “establish effective and efficient institutional arrangements with industry boards and such other bodies or associations to provide direct participation of employers and workers in the design and implementation of skills development schemes, trade skills standardization and certification and such other functions in the fulfilment of the Authority’s objectives.
Thus, in order to reduce occurrence of skills mismatch between the outputs of the learning institutions and the requirements of the industries, and at the same time shift from being supply-driven to a demand-driven TVET, TESDA Pampanga Provincial Office led by Provincial Director Atty. Eric O. Ueda forged a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the establishment of the Information Communication Technology (ICT) Sector Industry Board with the Chairman/Presidents of Clark Investor Locator and Association (CILA), PELCO II Employees Union, Metro Angeles Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MACCI), Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), City of San Fernando ICT Council, DICT Pampanga, Metro Clark ICT Council and Pampanga Federation of Technical Institutions (PAFTI), Inc. that was held last May 27, 2022 at The Redd Manor Condotel, JASA, City of San Fernando, Pampanga.
Dr. Francisco L. Villanueva Jr., the Chairman of the Clark Investor Locator and Association (CILA) will lead the Industry Board to assume a more active role in the governance of TVET under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Sector.