By Paula Navarra
Programs aimed at addressing the needs of underprivileged Filipino youth have been implemented during the past 12 months by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
The Joint Program on Youth Employment and Migration (JP-YEM) provided the avenue for 2000 students to have a vocational education, of whom 1,407 were certified and 906 employed.
Out of the 42,893 students assessed for the National Technical Vocational Education and Training Competency Assessment and Certification (NATCAC) 36,610 students were certified.
Out of 935,230 students assessed for the Competency Assessment and Certification 803,350 students were certified, an 85.9 percent certification rate achievement for TESDA.
Out of the 1,666,830 enrolees of the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET), 733,827 were profiled for a TVET Career and a total 1,459,707 graduates.
A total 281,666 establishments were hired for the Job-Bridging Internship Program (JBIP) and these clients referred 444,318 establishments. There were also 1,628 JBIP clients maintained.
In line with helping the poor, TESDA joined the ASEAN Skill Competition in Jakarta Indonesia held last November to develop the technical skills of Filipino skilled workers.
“The Philippines is making a comeback in the skills competition after several years in hiatus, and we want to do it with a bang,” Sec. Joel Villanueva said in his report.
The ASEAN Skill Competition aims to foster the technical cooperation in vocational and technical education of skilled workers.
The competition also encourages cooperation among the government, industries, employers, worker organizations and vocational training institutes.
The Philippines had 16-delegates for the competition aged 17 to 22 in Information Network Administration, Web Design, Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy to name a few.
These delegates are composed of 14-students and 2-technicians from different provinces in the Philippines.
There are also 11-coaches hired to train the delegates.
The 19-partners help in training contestants, namely AMA Computer University, FESTO Didactics, School of Fashion and the Arts, Panasonic, Hugo’s Salon de Manila to mention a few.
“Our glory days are gone, imagine the last time we joined the ASEAN competition, that was way back in 2004 and yet if you look at the charter of TESDA and when you look at the law itself creating TESDA, part of it is to conduct skills Olympic,” he added in his report.
There were four countries seen as a threat to the Philippines: Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia.
Mechatronics is one of the events where TESDA believes it has the chance of winning.
Competitors had three years of training with former participants of the ASEAN skills competition.
According to other reports, the Philippines won the bronze medal for Fashion Technology. Pristine Joyce de Guzman of Pasay City took home a bronze medal and Best of Nation Award.
There were four other competitors who received a medal for exceeding the 500 points score of the the Competition Information System.
They were Joselito Ayalde for Web Design, Nilo S. Maquling for Refrigeration and Air-conditioning and partner Nhat Chello Agasang and Ardee Mark Saqueton for Industrial Automation.
Aside from this, TESDA also provided inmates a chance for a better life with their Bilib I.T. Program.
The program offers computer-related courses to inmates with the help of TESDA’s partner Informatics.
IT Essentials, Computer Hardware Servicing, Adobe Photoshop, Web Design and English Proficiency were also offered.
“There’s a future for our inmates beyond the prison walls. With this training, they would be coming out of jail with marketable skills,” Villanueva said in his report.
“We want the inmates to be committed to finish the training and be certified. We don’t want them back in jail. We want them to return to being citizens who have a meaning in life,” he also added.