Three thousand individuals who completed various Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) courses graduated on Saturday at the De La Salle University in Dasmariñas City in Cavite.
Tesda Secretary General Joel Villanueva said the 3,000 is a record-breaker because it is the largest graduating class in the history of Tesda.
Rep. Lani Mercado-Revilla of Cavite and Villanueva said that this is a very inspiring achievement, especially made more colorful because one of the graduates is an indigent senior citizen who confessed he “can hardly read and write.”
Revilla and Villanueva remarked “age does not matter when pursuing education” as exemplified by the “tenacity and fighting spirit” of Eduardo “Mang Edong” Bredes, the oldest graduate at 69 years old from Bacoor City who finished the Tesda course in Electrical Appliance Repair and Maintenance. Bredes will soon be employed by a prestigious company after his graduation, Villanueva said.
Villanueva revealed because Tesda has earned the recognition and approval of the International Standards Organization ISO, certified Tesda graduates can be employed by global companies.
He added Tesda is now keen in promoting the so-called “Tatak-Tesda” (Tesda brand) as a symbol of high-quality training and education, representing various courses through accredited learning centers or on-line education.