June 08, 2021

Taguig City – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is set to strengthen its Enterprise-Based Training (EBT) Program in Davao Region.

This was after TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña and Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) President Dr. Maria Lourdes Monteverde signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) last June 3.

Under the MoA, TESDA shall provide technical assistance to applicants in the registration of their programs based on set guidelines and implement competency assessment and skills certification of industry-based professionals.

Meanwhile, DCCCII will promote and secure employment opportunities of professionals who are graduates of TESDA and cater or allow industry immersion of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) trainers.

In his speech, Lapeña acknowledged the invaluable role of industries in developing a more demand-driven training delivery that will ensure the matching supply of trained workers with the demand for trained workers in each industry.

EBT is one of the training delivery modes where TVET programs are implemented within companies or firms such as the Apprenticeship, Dual Training System (DTS), and Learnership Programs.

Lapeña added that the partnership aims to strengthen TESDA’s engagement with the industries as well as the harmonization of skills and standards for a brighter opportunity for the Filipino workforce.

“We intend to further deepen our engagement and work toward the facilitation of job opportunities to our graduates,” he said.

For her part, Monteverde vowed to work closely with TESDA especially in this time of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Let us continue working together with one common goal to establish a harmonious business community for our city, and the Philippines as a whole as we go through with this pandemic,” she said.

DCCII is a local organization of businesses and companies in Davao City with the intention to develop and further the interests of local companies and businesses in the Philippines. Many businesses are international operating companies with offices in the country.

Also present during the virtual MoA signing were Deputy Director General for TESD Operations Lina Sarmiento, TESDA Davao Region Director Lorenzo Macapili and DCCCII Executive Vice President Antonio Dela Cruz. ###