TESDA-Zamboecozone forge MOU on voc-tech PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 April 2014 11:21

To help increase the employment rate in the city as well as encourage young Zamboanguenos to seek vocational education, the Zamboanga City Special Economic Zone Authority (ZAMBOECOZONE) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Thursday afternoon signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

TESDA Secretary and Director General Emmanuel Joel Villanueva personally flew to Zamboanga Thursday to sign the MOU together with ZAMBOECOZONE Chairperson and Administrator Christopher Lawrence Arnuco.

In his opening message, Sec. Villanueva expressed his excitement over the signing of the MOU knowing that many residents will benefit from the project. He assured Mayor Beng Climaco and Zamboanguenos of TESDA’s support in helping the city move forward from last year’s siege.

“We are just so excited because I know that the best is yet to come. We look forward to working with the local government units especially the City Government of Zamboanga. We are so very happy because I know there are still a lot of things that we can do. I see a lot of potentials, I see a lot of jobs available, jobs being created in the city,” he said.

“We are here in order to ensure that we are doing everything we can to train and certify our workforce in this region, particularly in Zamboanga,” he added. “Anything that we can do, we are here for Zamboanguenos. We are here for Mayor Beng.”

He likewise shared how he and Chairperson Arnuco had been discussing different areas of possible partnerships such as weave making and other booming industries like construction, IT-BPM and tourism.

The good secretary disclosed his special fondness for Zamboanga which he first visited during the Palarong Pambansa in1992 as a young athlete representing the National Capital Region.

Chairperson Arnuco likewise conveyed happiness in the MOU signing, expressing how said MOU will “strengthen the match between industries that are looking for skilled workers and the skilled workers that are available in the market.”

“ZAMBOECOZONE wishes to complement the graduates of TESDA by ensuring there are available jobs in the zone that will hire them,” he added.

“With this MOU signing, we will ensure investors and others that Zamboanga is an investment grade city. Investors can come in and all the factors that they need for to put up their business, they can now find here in the city,” he closed.

Under the MOU, the ZAMBOECOZONE shall provide TESDA with the list of vacant positions of skilled workers of registered enterprises every six (6) months; exercise due care and diligence in the selection of TESDA graduates to be undertaken by the Labor Section; and provide manpower pool of certified TESDA graduates for the locators.

TESDA, for its part, shall provide the registry of certified TVET graduates in different qualifications and workers assessed and certified in various occupations for manpower pooling; facilitate technical assistance in terms of skills upgrading of employed workers in the locators; and refer graduates of TechVoc institutions regionwide for possible employment to the locators through ZAMBOECOZONE. However, TESDA will not in any way be liable to all the Parties involved relative to the referral of the graduates especially once they got employed.

Witnessing the momentous signing are Mayor Beng Climaco, District 2 Representative Lilia Nuño, Councilors BG Guingona and Gerky Valesco, TESDA-IX Officer-in-Charge Lorenzo Macapili, TESDA and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) representatives, among others. — Claudine Uniana