Benguet haircutter is Idol ng TESDA

TekBok Buzz

September 2, 2010, 12:42pm

A locally-trained haircutter and owner of a chain of beauty salons in Benguet and Mountain Province is the national winner of this year’s search for “Idols ng TESDA.”

Reynante Cobcobo, 32, of La Trinidad, received a trophy and a cash prize of P20, 000 as the national winner.

Finishing cosmetology at the Baguio School of Business and Technology, Reynante then landed a job as a hair trimmer in a number of beauty salons in Baguio City and La Trinidad. In 2001, he opened his own salon called Reynante Cobcobo Salon in La Trinidad. Four years later, he opened a branch in Bontoc and in July this year, his second shop in La Trinidad was inaugurated. He now employs 17 employees all in all.

In pursuit of social responsibility and community service, Reynante provides free haircut to differently-abled persons and sponsors ball games and skills competitions in his community.

Other national winners are: Engineer Danilo Adlaon (Region X), first runner-up; Rodolfo Espino, Jr. (Region III), second runner-up; and Jalel Moises Maximo (Region), third runner-up.

Other regional finalists are: Arnel F. Balanay (Region II). Geraldine A. Dela Rosa (Region V), Alejandro E. Duran, Jr. (Region VII), Antonio A. Calzada (Region IX), Glendelle S. Babag (Region XI), Delfin L. Ceralvo (Region XII), and Gaspar G. Rodriquez (CARAGA).

Also feted during the recent TESDA anniversary were the agency’s outstanding partners in the provision of skills development services. They were honored through the Kabalikat Award.

Secretary Joel Villanueva, TESDA director general, led agency officials and staff in paying tribute to its outstanding graduates of technical-vocational training programs and work partners.

Aside from their technical competence, the Idols ng TESDA winners demonstrated high work productivity, maturity, adaptability, and flexibility in the workplace. They exemplify the values of integrity, discipline, love for family, and commitment to community building.


Villanueva also paid tribute to an “absentee awardee’’ – the hundreds of thousands of skilled workers and technicians who have undergone skills training under TESDA-registered programs in the past 15 years.

“In TESDA,” he pointed out, “we proudly call them Pinoy Workers of the World (WOW). They are now holding key positions in different workplaces here and abroad. They are one of the most preferred manpower by local and foreign employers because of their skills and positive work values.”

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