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TESDA, Technical Training Institutions, and Industries Jump-start Area-based and Demand-driven TVETa

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On the prompting of TESDA Provincial Director Cariza Dacuma, the Laguna Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) hosted the first of many roadshow events on “Area-based and Demand-driven TVET”, an industry-led skills development consultation among the stakeholders in the region. Dualtech (www.dualtech.org.ph), represented by Dr. Marvin Adolfo is the current president of LCCI. The roadshow was held virtually broadcasting from Dualtech Center.

The event just fits right as Dualtech is a training institution and has a good number of partner companies. In his welcome remarks, Dr. Adolfo acknowledges “TESDA’s vision is the transformation of the workforce.” That’s why Dualtech and LCCI are more than glad to help the programs of TESDA.

Director Aniceto Bertiz, III, Deputy Director General, TESDA, Partnership and Linkages in his keynote speech mentions that “This consultation will not only help us to cope with the new normal but will actually prosper in delivering industry and sectoral driven TVET in the province of Laguna. This discussion could not have been more significant as we continue to find ways to forge meaningful partners and industry through implementation of our projects and programs.”

TESDA presented the three main components for the Area-based and demand-driven TVET program. The first element is the establishment of sectoral Industry Boards. “We at TESDA adopt new approaches towards the objective of involving the industry in crafting policy directions of addressing skills requirements towards job creation.” announced Dir. Sonia Lipio, Executive Director, Partners and Linkages. The industry-led board aims to help the workers, employees, educators and government identify needed skills, narrow the skills gap and improve the training standards in particular sectors.

A second module is the Enterprise-based Training. This is an industry-led development strategy which aims to enhance trainees’ employability and technical skills that ensures a steady supply of best job-fit and ready workforce. “TESDA believes that creating an area-based demand driven TVET, with the active participation of TVET stakeholders, will bring us closer to developing globally competitive, highly skilled Filipino workforce.” Floramel Joy Songsong, Assistant Executive Director, PLO, adds.

The last piece in the program is “Professionalizing the Workers in Laguna” through the Competency Assessment and Certification System (CACW). The CACW program aims to provide assessment and certification to industry workers to enhance competitiveness and productivity on existing workers. “There are a lot of companies we have spoken to, and they expressed if the employee is certified, the worker really becomes more efficient” Dir. Cariza Dacuma, Provincial Director narrates. There is nothing more important to a worker than to show a certificate of competency. PD Dacuma offered that the provincial office will be the one to go to the factory to certify the factory workers.

There were several reactors from industry. TESDA has identified priority industries to jump-start the program. These industries are agriculture, health and ICT.

Representing the Agriculture sector was Mr. Ranilo Maderazo, President of Planters Product, Inc. He highlighted the National Food System Dialogue that may contribute to TESDA’s Industry Board program. The exchange of ideas focuses on sustainable market-oriented development, high level of farm productivity and incomes and food security.

Mr. Limuel Razo, UNILAB, Corporate Vice-President, representing the health sector, shared UNILAB’s experience in training students. The company constantly accepts student trainees in Engineering, Pharmacy, Micro-biology, Chemistry and Tech-voc. They also trained 160 teachers with an impact to 25,000 students. “In effect, UNILAB’s training programs are in-sync with the objectives laid out by TESDA.” Mr. Razo said.

The third priority industry is ICT and Dr. Antonio del Carmen, President of Laguna Industry Network for Knowledge-IT, delivered a response. He likened the Area-based Industry Board to Ateneo’s Fr. Ben Nebres’ “targeted intervention”. The targeted intervention/industry board will look (target) on process, capacity building and assessment.

TESDA Regional Director Toni June Tamayo summed up the event in “TESDA today is moving towards industry-based TVI led quality map allocation. What we are doing [today] is already the first steps towards the development of this program.”

The area-based and demand-driven TVET approach program of TESDA with the participation of industry and education sectors will reimagine and rethink the technical-vocational education and will draft a roadmap for the future. The roadmap is envisioned to be strategic, offering solutions that will lead to systematic reforms towards in inclusive and resilient Philippine TVET. There is nothing better than to mobilize all resources and more in addressing the much talked about skills mismatch.

 

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