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Thursday, 23 August 2012 14:15

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, turns 18 today.

With the theme, “Akmang Kasanayan Tungo sa Tagumpay,“  the regional office planned for a simple celebration beginning with free competency assessment in selected qualifications for workers on August 20-31, 2012.  Under its Gender and Development (GAD) Program, TESDA employees will attend training programs on baking and pastry production and needlecraft.  They will also have the opportunity to have a sample of free services usually offered to the public on special events. 

The highlight of this year’s regional celebration is the conferment of institutional awards which include the Kabalikat Award and TESDA Idol on August 31 at Grand Astoria Hotel, this city. This year’s regional awardees are the 1st Congressional District of Zamboanga City represented by Congresswoman Maria Isabelle G. Climaco under the Kabalikat Award and Mr. Jerry L. Bentulan, proprietor of Your PC Works, Co, under the TESDA Idol-Self Employed Category Award.

The Kabalikat 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.  The 1st Congressional District of Zamboanga City has been a major partner of TESDA in providing training scholarships to thousands of students, women, and out-of-school youths since 2008.  For five years now, it has allocated scholarship funds from its Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) which benefited over 5,000 people.  Its advocacy activities have always included TESDA programs thus allowing more people to avail of its services.

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. Mr. Bentulan, equipped with a number of technical vocational skills, was able to put up a computer repair business, Your PC Works, Co., and employ tech-voc graduates.  He is now expanding his business and recently opened one branch in Vitali, this city. An automotive mechanic graduate of MEIN College in 1994, he continued to acquire new skills and enrolled at the Basic Electronics Course at the Western Mindanao State University.  He also took advantage of the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) of TESDA and enrolled again at MEIN College to take Computer Hardware Servicing NCII in 2001.

The creation of TESDA in 1994 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.  After 18 years, TESDA has not only provided directions to the TVET system but has also successfully implemented programs and projects for middle level workers that significantly helped decrease the country’s unemployment and underemployment figures. — Joy Wee/TESDA 9