The TESDA-10 Personnel attended the Orientation Workshop



The TESDA-10 Personnel attended the Orientation Workshop on the Approved Performance Management System today March 17, 2016 at the TESDA Regional Office.

The PMS will concretize the linkage of Agency’s organizational performance with the national development plans and link performance management based on the principle of performance-based tenure and incentive system.

In Focus: 1st Semester 2015 vol. 1


Inside this issue:
• TESDA-X is a holder of the esteemed ISO 9001:2008 Certification
• TESDA-X inks MoA with DSWD-X for 4Ps for 2015 project
• RTESDC Corner: RTESDC-X names nominees to the Kabalikat Award National Search
• TESDASpect: Industries and the education sector support the Mindanao-wide DTS Forum
• TESDASpect: Industry-led 2015 Regional Skills Competition (RSC) kicks off on August 17
• TESDASpect: TESDA holds synchronized national free assessment to all skilled workers
• In TESDA-10: Celebrating 21st year!
• TESDA-X honors employees


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Irene Isaac is new TESDA Director General

Continuing her over 30 years  journey to promote and improve technical vocational education and training, Irene M. Isaac officially assumes the post of Director General of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) as she takes her oath before Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz. Isaac replaces former Secretary Joel  Villanueva who resigned to run for senator.

Continuing her over 30 years journey to promote and improve technical vocational education and training, Irene M. Isaac officially assumes the post of Director General of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) as she takes her oath before Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz. Isaac replaces former Secretary Joel Villanueva who resigned to run for senator.

The new Director General of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Irene ​M. Isaac, vowed to carry on the reforms started by her predecessor, Joel Villanueva, as she formally took the helm of the agency.

Isaac,​ an expert in technical vocational education and training (TVET), was sworn into office by Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz on November 6. She will have a Cabinet rank.

​TESDA is an attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

​Isaac ​ was designated officer-in-charge of the agency last month with the resignation of Villanueva, who is running for senator under the administration slate.

“Our ​experiences and the expertise of our officials and staff ​​in TESDA has primed us for the challenges ahead,” Isaac said.

“We are ready for the bigger role,” she added.

Since 2012, Isaac has held the post of deputy director general, in charge of policies and planning. She ​is also the Quality Management and Performance Management Team chair of TESDA and heads the secretariat of the Philippine Qualifications Framework National Coordinating Committee.

​​She was also formerly TESDA regional director for National Capital Region, Bicol and Northern Mindanao. She also held the post of executive director of the Qualifications and Standards Office and ​the former ​Skills Standards and Certification Office.

​”Secretary Isaac has earned the respect ​of all TESDA officials and employees because of her expertise, integrity and commitment to TVET. We all welcome her appointment as our Director General,” Pilar de Leon, Chief of Services for Administration said.

Isaac’s more than 30 years in government service was dedicated to technical and non-formal education. She championed competency-based education and training, recognition of prior learning and keeping the integrity and value of the certificates that are issued​ by TESDA.​

She earned a degree in literature and journalism, attended specialization programs in TVET and management in the Philippines and overseas, was mentored by TVET experts and learned by applying sound work principles and research findings to every day work.

Northern Mindanaoans to join Holcim’s National Search for Country’s Top Masons

Cagayan de Oro City – Three (3) skilled masons from Northern Mindanao region today will compete in the nationwide search for Holcim Mason Awards to be held in Leyte sponsored by Holcim Philippines.

The skilled masons got the high scores during the documentary screening and will vie for the national competition on September 18-25, 2015. They are: Jingle E. Laroscain from Oroquieta City, Jaime Marcellones of Bacolod, Lanao del Norte and Christopher P. Belando from IliganCity.

The Galing Mason Awards is the search for country’s outstanding masons who show tremendous pride in their profession as well as being responsible members of their community. The search started in 2004 and done bi-annually in collaboration with the TESDA.

The finalists in this competition will earn P20,000 in cash and a chance to bag the Galing Mason grand champion award which comes with P150,000 cash prize.

In a statement by the TESDA-X Regional Director Edgar A. Sales, “the Agency is very grateful for our industry partners like Holcim Philippines for its continued recognition of the critical role of masons by holding skills competitions to help advance the masonry craft and professionalize the trade.”

The TESDA continues to link with the private sector including Holcim Philippines in building skilled masons and carpenters cognizant of the impact it can have in boosting the growth of the construction industry.

Industry-led 2015 Regional Skills Competition (RSC) kicks off on August 17


skillscomLogoCagayan de Oro City – A total of forty (40) well-trained Tech-Voc graduates and trainees from the five provinces in Northern Mindanao region will participate in skills competition based on world standards during the 2015 Regional Skills Competition on August 17-18, 2015 led by the R-X Industry Skills Competition Foundation, Inc. (RISDCFI) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA-10).


On August 17, 2015, the competition will be formally opened with the ceremonial cutting of the competition chain and the raising of the banners by the provincial competitors to be graced by Mr. Arsenio L. Sebastian III, the Interim President of RISDCFI.


The skills competition serves as the venue in recognizing the skills excellence of workers and tech-voc graduates and at the same time increases the awareness of the Filipinos on technical vocational education as a viable career path.


It is one of TESDA’s most effective social marketing and advocacy strategies that raise the bar of the skilled workforce and continuously strengthen the link between the tech-voc sector and the industry.


Mr. Sebastian stated that “the competition will definitely enhance cooperation among the government, industries or employers, workers organizations and training institutions and most especially will strengthen technical cooperation between Tech-Voc and the industry”.


The trade areas open for the competition are: Electronics, Graphic Design, Web Design/Mechatronics, Information Network Systems Administration, IT-Software Business Solutions, Information Network Cabling, Mechanical Engineering Design-CAD, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning, Electrical Installation and Maintenance, Welding, Automobile Technology, Cooking, Restaurant Services, Beauty Therapy, Plumbing and Heating and Fashion Technology.


“We will continue the conduct of the skills competitions on an annual basis to continually lead the way for the career path of our trainees and graduates.” according to the TESDA-X Regional Director Edgar A. Sales.


The winners of each trade area will earn the opportunity to represent the region at the Philippine National Skills Competition (PNSC) to be held in September 2015. They will receive trophies, cash gifts, and certificates of recognition.


The competition is sought to inspire the youth to start embarking on acquiring a skill that will pave the way to a successful career.


TESDA Holds Synchronized National Free Assessment to all Skilled Workers

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Cagayan de Oro City- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will be undertaking a nationwide synchronized Competency Assessment and Certification (NATCAC) to cater to skilled workers, trainers and Tech-Voc graduates nationwide on July 31, 2015. For Northern Mindanao region, the assessment will be held in selected TESDA-X Assessment Centers while the main Regional NATCAC hub will be at COBSAT, Bugo, Cagayan de Oro City.

The NATCAC is intended to: (i) Sustain continuous people’s awareness and acceptance of the assessment and certification program; (ii) Promote industry acceptance and recognition of the value of certification in quality assuring the competencies of their workers; (iii) Upgrade the qualification of existing workers, trainers and assessors to a higher level of qualification; and (iv) Enhance the competitiveness and employability of workers.

One of the highlights is the videoconferencing to showcase synchronized conduct of assessment through the Regional NaTCAC hubs. During the opening, our Region X NaTCAC Hub will be connected via livestreaming to the Central office and the rest of the regions in the country.

The TESDA Chief Sec. Joel J. Villanueva’s statement emphasized the program will “strengthen the scale and popularity of the assessment program and undertake an advocacy to raise people’s awareness about it.”

The TESDA —X Regional Director Edgar A. Sales is enjoining the skilled workers to seize this opportunity to avail of the free assessment. In his statement “this is an avenue that provides opportunity to our skilled workers to upgrade their level of skills competency and ensure better delivery of services. I also encourage the companies to allow their workers to participate as we work together in realizing our goals to increase the number of skilled workers in the region and enhance their employability.”

The qualifications to be offered on this program include:

  • Automotive Servicing NC II
  • Bartending NC II
  • Bookkeeping NC II
  • Bread and Pastry NC II
  • Carpentry NC II
  • Computer Systems Servicing NC II
  • Driving NC II
  • Dressmaking NC II
  • Electrical Installation and Maintenance NC II
  • Food and Beverage Services NC II
  • Masonry NC II
  • Plumbing NC II
  • Refrigeration and Airconditioning NC II
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC II


Interested applicants may download the NATCAC application form and the self-assessment guides for various qualifications at the TESDA website (www.tesda.gov. ph).


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