THE Technical Education and Skills Development Authority said it will prioritize the generation of more jobs in Mindanao with the bulk of foreign grants it is currently seeking. TESDA director general Joel Villanueva said they will search for booming key employment generation sectors (KEGS) in the region, and determine the kind of help needed by different TESDA centers in the area to improve their capability to produce competent technical-vocational graduates.

"We will prioritize Mindanao in the efforts of TESDA to seek foreign grants that will help us better carry out our mission and goal in accordance with the development and poverty alleviation agenda of the Aquino administration. We will help the region produce globally proficient tech-voc graduates and entrepreneurs and continue to support and strengthen the programs and activities of TESDA centers in Mindanao," Villanueva said.

He said TESDA is working on clinching grants from the United Nations and German organizations.