March 26, 2019

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has widened the opportunity for industry bodies to participate in the agency's development and implementation of technical-vocational education and training (TVET) in order to meet the demands of the industries.

This was echoed during the launch of the Recognition of Industry Bodies (RIBs) Program led by the TESDA chief, Secretary Isidro Lapeña at the Tandang Sora Hall, TESDA Women’s Center, Taguig City on March 26.

Twenty-five (25) sectoral leaders from several industries like Agribusiness, Construction, Automotive and Transport, Health and Wellness, Tourism, Wholesale and Retail, and others attended. TESDA Deputy Director General for Partnerships and Linkages Rebecca J. Calzado and Partnerships and Linkages Office (PLO) Executive Director Luz Victoria G. Amponin organized the program launching.

The RIBs program, backed by Section 26 of the Republic Act No. 7796 (TESDA Law) and Rule VI Section 7 of the TESDA Implementing Rules and Regulations, aim to establish effective and efficient institutional arrangements with industry boards to help in the design and implementation of training, encourage participation from both workers and employers, assessment, and certification. Though the Agency has been partnering with industry bodies (IBs) even before, this program formalizes the collaboration.

This is also in accordance with TESDA’s thrust on needs-based skills training to ensure jobs and livelihood for scholars and TVET graduates. The industry has long been a partner of the agency, serving as “ribs” that protect and provide support to the heart (TESDA) in the implementation of TVET programs, like the acronym of the program name suggests.

Specifically for this program, industry associations (IAs) made up of several business units and organizations from the industry will convene and elect their representative industry body (IB).

Consequently, this IB, after passing several requirements identified by the TESDA Recognition Panel, will be assessed, recommended to the Deputy Director General for Partnerships and Linkages, and endorsed to the Director General for approval. The whole application process for recognition will take about seven (7) days.

Once recognized, the IB of the identified industry sectors will assume the following roles: advice TESDA in the design and implementation of skills development schemes to deliver quality training; entice the participation of industries/employers in the design and implementation of skills standardization and certification; and participate in the promotion and implementation of various TVET activities toward quality skills development including conduct of skills competition.

TESDA, on the other hand, will initiate programs and activities that would encourage wider industry participation towards the development of a globally competitive Filipino workforce.