Celso thanks TESDA for Reg’l Kabalikat award PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 September 2013 10:37

Former mayor and now District 1 Representative Celso Lobregat has expressed gratitude to the Technical Educational Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) for conferring on the local government of Zamboanga City the 2013 Regional Kabalikat Award (LGU category-City level) saying it is a testament of the city’s commitment to helping ameliorate people’s living condition.

The City garnered the 2013 Regional Kabalikat Award (Institutional Awards) for its initiatives in enhancing and promoting technical education and skills development which started in 1992 with the establishment of the two technical vocational institutions, one in Ayala and the other in Vitali.

Lobregat personally received the award during rites held August 23 at the TESDA Women’s Center, TESDA complex in Taguig City highlighting the celebration of TESDA’s 19th anniversary with TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva leading the event.

The former mayor stressed that the City Government has been aggressive in its efforts to make technical vocational education accessible to the public not because of the awards or citations but because of its thrust to help improve the plight of the constituents specifically the marginalized sector.

TESDA recognized Zamboanga’s efforts in creating the Ayala and Vitali Voc-tech schools and enactment of various ordinances to grant scholarship assistance to fund the education of poor but deserving students in a bid “to achieve its goals of producing skilled, competent and globally competitive Zamboanguenos.”

The city likewise initiated measures to help provide job opportunities through internship trainings in selected departments, holding of job fairs and other initiatives.

“Truly, the City Government of Zamboanga is committed to strive for the advancement of its citizens through skills training for better job opportunities,” the TESDA citation said.

The TESDA’s 19th anniversary was a weeklong celebration that included the holding of free livelihood training, career fair and skills demonstration. — Rey Carbonel