13 November 2011
Young technical and vocational trainees took the center stage in showcasing their skills at the recent "Araw ng Magsasanay " or Trainees Day of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
Close to 3,000 trainees from various schools and training centers in Metro Manila took part in the event held on November 10-11 at the TESDA Complex in Taguig City.
Dubbed as “TESDA Specialista: Ang Galing Mo Talaga,” the affair recognized the competence of technical vocational trainees in the National Capital Region as a vital component of the country’s workforce.
“With the economic challenges the country is facing now, technical education and skills development (TESD) has become the choice available to our youth so they can continue studying and find employment later,” TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva said.
TESDA also kicked off the two-day 12th Regional Skills Competition, which saw several trainees excelling in their respective skills. The winners will be NCR’s bets in the National Youth Skills Competition scheduled next year.
Senator Francis Escudero delivered the keynote message and cut the ceremonial competition chain during the opening of the skills competitions.
Local leaders led by city mayors, congressmen and other officials of the cities and municipalities in Metro Manila also graced the event. They were also recognized for their valuable contribution in promoting skills development in their respective areas
Trainees from different training centers of local government units competed against each other in various qualifications such as Graphic Design, Electrical Installation Technology, Refrigeration, Industrial Electronics, Fashion Technology, Welding, and Bricklaying.
Livelihood skills competitions in flower arrangement, cake decoration, throw pillow-making, flairtending, among others were also featured in the same event.
Awards were given to the Best Delegation, Best in Cheerdance Competition, and the Mr. and Ms. Trainees’ Day.
“The thousands of graduates that TESDA has produced are testimony of the relevant role technical education plays to the country's development and progress. The increasing number of young people going into technical education and skills development sends a strong message that TESD is in vogue and here to stay,” Villanueva said.
“We at TESDA vow to do more. We will continue to pursue our efforts in setting training directions and standards by improving our curriculum, enhancing the courses that we offer and honing our trainees to be specialists so that the certification of the competence they possess can be their best weapon when they seek jobs or engage in their own business,” he added.
The TESDA chief also recognized the country’s vocational trainers for their sheer dedication and commitment in imparting their knowledge and skills to the trainees.
“I know that being a TESD trainer is not exactly the most lucrative job there is. Sometimes our trainers even trail the far-flung barangays to conduct training in the communities. But they do it for them. Nothing gives them more satisfaction than seeing young people and unemployed adults acquire the skills and for this, we also give tribute to them,” Villanueva said.
List of Winners
Regional Livelihood Skills Competition
Gold-John Robert Porlane
Bronze-Mary Grace Valdez
Gold-Emannuel David II
Gold-Maria Clariezl Mallari