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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.

MARIGOLD CHERIE R. GARRIDO               

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).

MARIGO CHERIE R. GARRIDO

Tatak TESDA Video Making Contest for tech-voc graduates, schools

 

tatak tesdaCagayan de Oro City – Good News! The nationwide contest dubbed as “Tatak TESDA Video Making Contest” is now accepting entries for its Year 2 implementation.

The contest was launched last 2014 challenging the technical vocational education and training (tech-voc) graduates and schools offering tech-voc programs to create a video of their success story that will encourage other people to get into this career path.

The Tatak TESDA Video Making Contest Year 2 is open to individuals and schools engaged in technical vocational education and training (TVET).

The TVET graduate should be a finisher of any course from 2010 onwards, a holder of a National Certificate or Certificate of Competency, and working either in the country or abroad.

For the school category, the technical vocational institution should be accredited by TESDA, of good standing, and holder of Certificate of TVET Program Registration.

The graduate or the school must produce an original two to three minute video taken at the workplace or work setting, and then uploaded in Facebook or Youtube. The link should be submitted along with the official entry through email to the TESDA Provincial Office and copy furnished the TESDA Regional Office (tesdaregion10@yahoo.com) and Office of the Director General (tataktesda@gmail.com).

The videos may be in the form of dramatization, storytelling, music video and other creative format and should answer the question: How did TESDA transform your life? The closing statement should be “Ako si _______, sa TESDA, sumaya ang buhay ko. Buhay n’yo, sasaya rin sa TESDA.”

The contest will have three levels: provincial/district, regional and national. Only the top two entries (one for each category) for each province/district as determined by the respective provincial/district screening committees will be considered for the regional level of the competition. In the same manner, only the top two entries (one for each Category) for each region as determined by the respective regional screening committees will be considered for the national competition.
Entries for the provincial/district level may be submitted from January 2 to 31, 2015.

Cash Prizes, trophies and scholarship vouchers will be given to winners for best in story, best in video, people’s choice award and the grand Tatak TESDA award.
For more information about the contest, please visit TESDA Offices near you.

TESDA 10 Housekeeping Trainors/Assessors prepare for 2015 ASEAN Integration

MRA-HousekeepingCagayan de Oro City – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Region 10 conducted the ASEAN Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) in Housekeeping Qualification last October 27-29, 2014 at MASS-SPECC Hostel, Cagayan de Oro City. This is in preparation to the 2015 ASEAN Integration which is a major leap in the Philippine economy specifically highlighting the need to define competitive edge among ASEAN neighbors.

“We in TESDA endeavored to send our identified Master Trainors and Assessors for further training and appreciation on the ASEAN Housekeeping toolbox.” Dir. Edgar A. Sales, TESDA 10 Regional Director, said.

The 3-day activity prepared the current pool of Housekeeping trainors with their competence to trade qualifications, training delivery and assessment methodologies in line with the regional qualifications and harmonization of qualification standards in relation to employability skills and competence of TVET trainees and graduates.

To ensure that quality and excellence be adopted and propagated in vocational training institutions in Region 10, the seminar-workshop was made mandatory to all Technical Vocational Institutions (TVIs) with Housekeeping NC II registered program. It is also a pre-requisite in the migration of Housekeeping NC II program in line with the amended Training Regulation (TR).

Participated by 42 Housekeeping trainors from the 5 provinces of Region 10, the seminar-workshop was facilitated by the following Housekeeping Master Trainors/Assessors: Ms. Ave Gladys C. Gabucan, Mr. Riel D. De La Cruz, Ms. Keena O. Lagtapon, Dr. Rodelo T. Salburo and Mr. Rey V. Eboras.

TESDA Director General and PBA Legends for TESDA-TRABAHO Advocacy

Shoot for your Dreams - CDOCagayan de Oro City – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Region 10 in partnership with the City Government of Cagayan de Oro will be hosting the newly launched project of TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva entitled “SHOOT FOR YOUR DREAMS”.

SHOOT FOR YOUR DREAMS is a basketball exhibition game which aims to motivate and help the Filipino youth especially out-of-school youths (OSYs) in turning their dreams into reality. The project will also develop and promote Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) to the general public.

TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva together with PBA Legends Alvin “The Captain” Patrimonio, Jerry Codiñera, Bal David, Rodney Santos, Bobby Jose, Kenneth Duremdes and Marlou Aquino composed the team dubbed as TEAM TRABAHO which means, T-raining, R-eaccelerating, A-ccess, B-oosting, A, H-igh Impact, O-pportunity to every Filipino.

TEAM TRABAHO will be playing against TEAM SPECIALISTA OF MAYOR OCA on October 9, 2014, 4:00-8:30 PM at Xavier University Gym, Corrales St., Cagayan de Oro City.

Everyone is invited to watch the exhibition game for free.

TESDA Director General and PBA Legends for TESDA-TRABAHO Advocacy

Shoot for your Dreams - MORCagayan de Oro City – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Region 10 in partnership with the Province of Misamis Oriental will be hosting the newly launched project of TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva entitled “SHOOT FOR YOUR DREAMS”.

SHOOT FOR YOUR DREAMS is a basketball exhibition game which aims to motivate and help the Filipino youth especially out-of-school youths (OSYs) in turning their dreams into reality. The project will also develop and promote Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) to the general public.

TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva together with PBA Legends Alvin “The Captain” Patrimonio, Jerry Codiñera, Bal David, Rodney Santos, Bobby Jose, Kenneth Duremdes and Marlou Aquino composed the team dubbed as TEAM TRABAHO which means, T-raining, R-eaccelerating, A-ccess, B-oosting, A, H-igh Impact, O-pportunity to every Filipino.

TEAM TRABAHO will be playing against TEAM SPECIALISTA OF GOVERNOR BAMBI on October 8, 2014, 6:00-8:00 PM at Lugod Gym, Gingoog City.

Everyone is invited to watch the exhibition game for free.

TESDA gives recognition to the Kabalikat and Idol awardees

 

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Kabalikat Awards: From Left – TESDA Director General Joel J. Villanueva, LGU Lugait CTEC Patricio P. Parami, Jr. (receiving the award), DOLE Undersecretary for Employment Facilitation and Manpower Development Cluster Reydeluz D. Conferido, and TESDA Deputy Director General for Field Operations Teodoro C. Pascua

Cagayan de Oro City – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) gives recognition to the Kabalikat and Idols ng TESDA awardees for 2014 last August 28, 2014 at TESDA Complex, Taguig, Metro Manila which forms part of the 20th TESDA Anniversary Celebration. The activity was graced by TESDA Director General Joel J. Villanueva, Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, and TESDA officials.

The Kabalikat Awards this year was given to eleven (11) institutions, six (6) corporations, and thirteen (13) local government units for their outstanding contributions in the conduct and promotion of technical vocational education and training (tech-voc). Their contributions to TESDA were either through the grant of scholarships, donations of tools and equipment for training, establishment and putting up of training centers and rendering technical assistance in the development of training standards.

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Idols ng TESDA Awards: From Left – TESDA Deputy Director General for Sectoral TVET Irene M. Isaac, TESDA Region 10 Idol ng TESDA Bayona S. Baon (receiving the award),TESDA Director General Joel J. Villanueva, TESDA Deputy Director General for Field Operations Teodoro C. Pascua

The Local Government Unit of Lugait under Mayor Wellie G. Lim, declared as Region 10’s Kabalikat Awardee is one of the 30 awardees recognized/awarded in the said ceremony. LGU Lugait has been sustaining the promotion and implementation of TESD programs for the past 18 years using their TEF (Training, Employment, Financial) Cycle of governance which gives solution to unemployment.

For the Idols ng TESDA, 12 tech-voc graduates were awarded and one of them is Mr. Bayona S. Baon, Region 10’s Regional Winner. Mr. Baon is an indigenous person and first among his tribe (Manubo Tribe) in San Fernando Bukidnon who finished a Bachelors Degree (Agricultural Technology). He is also a holder of TESDA National Certificate in Agricultural Crops Production, Animal Production, and Horticulture.

At present, Mr. Bayona S. Baon is designated as Leaf Technician/Jr. Agronomy of Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco (PMFTC) assigned at PMFTC Farm in Claveria, Misamis Oriental.
The annual award seeks to recognize individuals, corporations and institutions for their extraordinary efforts to promote and use tech-voc in making an impact on communities and making lives better for the people.

Kabalikat and Idols ng TESDA awardees received trophies. Cash prizes were also given to the Idols ng TESDA.

Congratulations!

An Agriculturist from Manubo Tribe vies for 2014 Idols ng TESDA National Search

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


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