TESDA boosts health-related trainings

June 18, 2020

TAGUIG CITY - The regional offices of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) are now intensifying efforts to implement more health-related training programs to produce more equipped and competitive healthcare practitioners.

This came after TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña reiterated his directive to intensify skills training on health related qualifications during the 5th General Directorate Conference (GDC) via Zoom Meeting held Tuesday and Wednesday themed, "TESDA Abot Lahat: Towards the New Normal" which is also the agency's main strategic plan during this pandemic.

Immediately at the onset of the declaration of pandemic, Lapeña had already issued the directive to ensure the registration of more programs in qualifications related to the health sector, and further reiterated this during the Conference.
During the said GDC, each regional office presented their programs and catch-up plans for the remainder of the year.  These mostly aimed to increase the number of accredited competency assessors and assessment centers, particularly in the health, agriculture and construction sectors.

The regional offices also presented plans to provide more training programs in Barangay health Services, Health Care Services, and Biomedical Equipment Servicing through TESDA’s scholarship programs.  They also discussed how TESDA’s partnership with the DILG may be expanded for the conduct of training for barangay healthcare workers.

TESDA currently has several Training Regulations for health-related courses such as Health Care Services, Hilot (Wellness Massage), Pharmacy Services, Biomedical Equipment Services, Massage Therapy, Emergency Medical Services, Barangay Health Services, Caregiving, Ophthalmic Lens Services, Dental Laboratory Technology Services, Dental Laboratory Technology Services (Fixed Dentures/Restorations), Dental Laboratory Technology Services (Removable Dentures/Appliances), Dental Hygiene, and Dental Technology.

These regulations set the standards for programs offered in technical vocational education and training institutions in the country.

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