Climaco cites TVET role in youth empowerment PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 July 2014 11:53

Mayor Beng Climaco on Tuesday cited the importance of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) towards empowering the people especially the youths as it will give them the opportunities to acquire skills for life.

Speaking at the opening of the first Mindanao TVET Expo in Zamboanga Peninsula Tuesday afternoon at the Convention Center of Garden Orchid Hotel, Mayor Climaco emphasized that technical vocational education is in synch with her administration’s vision of making Zamboanga a city that is vibrant with intellectual activities.

She said security, health and education have been the thrusts she has been working on since she was in congress and these remain the key priorities when she transitioned to City Hall.

According to the mayor, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), which was the prime mover of the first Mindanao TVET Expo in Zampen, was also a strong partner of her advocacies during her stint in the House of Representatives.

“Our partnership with TESDA were all geared toward empowering our people, especially the youth,” Climaco said, citing scholarship grants and community-based livelihood trainings as among the programs that benefitted thousands of families that were provided with opportunities for wage and self-employment.

The first two-day Mindanao TVET Expo in Zampen provided a venue for greater understanding about TVET, its contributions to economy, peace and culture to intended beneficiaries such as high school students and graduates, out-of-school youths, college students and graduates, skilled and unskilled workers, professionals as well as to employers and their employees.

It also created a forum where private and public technical-vocational institutions displayed and provided information about their training capabilities through the different courseware and skills training they offer, their various programs and other services that training providers do to place trainees for employment or prepare them to become “technopreneurs”.

The event was conducted in collaboration with Mindanao TVET Association, Zamboanga City Association of Private Technical Institutions, Region 9 Association of TVET Institutions, Department of Labor and Employment, Zamboanga City Chamber of Commerce, Inc., Tech-Voc Institutions and Training Providers of Zampen, Department of Education, Public and Private Secondary Schools of Zamboanga City and several other line agencies.— Vic Larato