TESDA celebrates 17th year anniversary today PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 August 2011 16:25

With the theme, “TESDA…Kaagapay sa Matuwid na Pag-unlad,”  the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), created through Republic Act 7796 otherwise known as the “Technical Education and Skills Development Act of 1994” on August 25 1994, is celebrating its 17th year anniversary today. The creation of TESDA was meant to reduce overlapping in skills development activities initiated by various public and private sector agencies, and provide national directions in varied programs of the different educational and training institutions that comprise the country’s technical-vocational education and training (TVET) system.  

The highlight of this year’s regional celebration is the Awarding Ceremony on August 31 at Grand Astoria Hotel, this city where the agency’s outstanding partners in the promotion and development of technical education and skills development in the region will be recognized. The awards include the TESDA IDOL and the Kabalikat Award.

The Kabalikat Award gives due recognition and honor to its outstanding partners in manpower development.  The award is conferred to outstanding individuals, institutions and private firms for their contribution to the promotion and development of the country’s middle level manpower in terms of skills, abilities and proper work attitude.  This year’s regional award is given to the City Government of Dipolog for making technical vocational education one of its development priorities by establishing the Livelihood Skills Development Center (LSDEC), by providing TVET scholarship programs to thousands of students and out-of-school youths, and by providing placement assistance to its beneficiaries.

The TESDA IDOL gives recognition to graduates of technical vocational programs who have attained skills excellence and success in their chosen occupation and contributed to the economic growth in their communities. This year’s TESDA IDOL (Self-Employed Category) is Engr. Michael Cases of Dipolog City, the owner/proprietor of Tito Mike’s Food Company, Inc. and the president of the Inglass Sardines of Dipolog Association (ISDA).  The Dipolog School of Fisheries, a TESDA-administered institution, provided Engr. Cases technical assistance in the commercial production of Spanish Style Sardines in 1999. The training he got allowed him to start his food processing business. 

Another activity set for the anniversary is a week-long free competency assessment in the Automotive Sector – Automotive Servicing NC II and NC III, and Motorcycle/Small Engine System and Components. Interested applicants for the assessment may visit TESDA IX Regional Office in San Roque or call the office at tel. nos. 991-3229 and 955-9434. — Joy Wee/TESDA-9