28 Feb 2011
Those students in the province who wish to pursue technical vocational courses need not go to Manila to acquire a world-class training and experience first-class education amenities because right at their own province, there will be training centers that are at par with the Manila TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority) training centers.
Soon to rise is an P8-million TESDA training center in Libertad, Misamis Oriental which will not only benefit the residents of Libertad but also those in nearby municipalities.
"With the tools and equipment, amounting to $171, 364.92 or P8,000,000 donated by TESDA, various qualifications will be offered such as Electrical Installation and Maintenance, Construction Painting, Masonry, Heavy Equipment Servicing, Carpentry and Scaffold Erection,” TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva said at a gathering of scholars during the 4rth IKNB "Iskolar Ko Ni Bambi" General Assembly at the Pilgrim Christian College Auditorium in Cagayan de Oro City.
The gathering was led by Misamis Oriental second district Rep Yevgeny Vicente "Bambi" Emano.
“With the operationalization of the center, we hope to bring the quality technical-vocational education and training accessible to the client from the countryside that will ensure the development of globally competitive workforce," Villanueva said.
The multi-million project is in line with TESDA's vision to continually provide quality education to develop a workforce for industries that are not only locally competitive but can equal the global requirements of competitiveness. One way is to build centers that provide quality tech-voc education all over the country.
For 2010 alone, Villanueva revealed that TESDA has allocated close to P40M for the scholarship of students in region 10, a bulk of it went to Misamis and Cagayan de Oro.
"We expect that the allocation will be better for this year, with more scholars (particularly the underprivileged) in various technical vocational courses," he added.
He commended Emano's full support to the technical-vocational sector for facilitating not only his scholarship provision but also for the construction of the multi-million training center which is already in near completion.
"TESDA is truly thankful to the generosity of Emano. To date, he has generated a total number of 2,000 graduates under his district with 782 certified employment ready workers," Villanueva said.
In this regard, Villanueva urged TVET institutions and partners to continuously facilitate the placement of graduates to employment.
The TESDA chief also called on the graduates to seize the opportunity to work hard and make the most out of it.
Villanueva also announced that TESDA will conduct a simultaneous free assessment for NC Level III around the country with its first run from March 28-April 1, in the following qualifications: Construction, ICT, Electronics, Tourism and Automotive and Land Transport.
In Misamis Oriental, students may avail of the free assessment in TESDA training center in Tagoloan and Likewise in TESDA training institutions like Cagayan de Oro School of Arts and Trades and Kinoguitan National Agricultural School