Photo of Mr. Bayona S. Baon (center) with his family during graduation.

Photo of Mr. Bayona S. Baon (center) with his family during graduation.

Cagayan de Oro City – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Region 10 (TESDA-10) and the Regional Screening Committee highly endorsed Mr. Bayona S. Baon of Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corporation (PMFTC) to the 2014 Idols ng TESDA National Search (Wage-employed Category).


Mr. Baon worked his way from a holder of Diploma in Agricultural Technology to a Bachelors Degree. He is an indigenous person from the Manubo Tribe in San Fernando Bukidnon who sailed his life from poverty to affluence. A tech-voc graduate whose achievements are afar limits among his tribe since he is the first person among the Manubo Tribe in San Fernando, Bukidnon who had finished a Bachelors Degree.


At present, Mr. Baon is designated as Leaf Technician/Jr. Agronomy of Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco (PMFTC) and is assigned at PMFTC Farm located in Claveria, Misamis Oriental.


Because of his hardwork and passion for work, he was sent to different countries such as Indonesia and Italy to further improve/upgrade his skills as agriculturist.


During the Regional Screening held at TESDA-10 Regional Office, the Board of Judges composed of Mr. Arsenio L. Sebastian, RTESDC

[1] Chairperson; Mr. Nicandro L. Borja of ALU-TUCP[2] and Mr. Ricardo De Dios of DOLE[3] fully expressed their support to the nominee.


The Search for Idols ng TESDA aims to give due recognition to skilled workers who have become successful individuals through tech-voc. These are the workers who are regarded as TESDA SPECIALISTA who have contributed to the development of their communities in a tech-voc way. In addition, the said recognition helps increase the level of public awareness and appreciation for tech-voc education as well as uplift the self-confidence and morale of the Technical-Vocational Education and Training (TVET) graduates.


The national Idol ng TESDA winner will be declared on August 28, 2014 during the TESDA’s 20th Anniversary Celebration at TESDA Central Office, Taguig, Metro Manila.


[1] Regional Technical Education and Skills Development Committee

[2] Associated Labor Unions – Trade Unions Congress of the Philippines

[3] Department of Labor and Employment