The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) highlighted the success of female technical vocational education and training (TVET) graduates in the areas of non-traditional trade such as construction, welding, plumbing, automotive and others during the 2018 Manila Tradeswomen Conference on March 4 at the TESDA Women’s Center.

The event, which gathered over 200 women delegates, was staged together with international groups called Building and Wood Workers International (BWI), one of the global union federations composed of sectors from building, wood and forestry with 12 million members, and the U.S. Sisters in the Building Trades, a U.S.-based tradeswomen group of construction workers.

TESDA Director General Guiling “Gene” Mamondiong said that the occasion will help promote the activities of the agency's Gender and Development (GAD) so that more women will join non-traditional trade.

Some of the world-class female graduates of the TESDA technical and vocational (tech-voc) that were featured were Ingrid Q. Ponce (Shielded Metal Arc Welding NC II); and Jonnalyn A. Navarossa (Automotive Servicing NC l l, ll, lll & lV).