TECHNICAL and vocational (tech-voc) specialists from Region 3 (Central Luzon) were proclaimed overall champions in the recently concluded Philippine National Skills Competition (PNSC).
The winners bagged 10 of 16 gold medals that were up for grabs from the trade areas where they competed, according to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva said gold medalists of each trade area would represent the country at the Asean Skills Competition (ASC) in Vietnam in October.
“The Philippines’ participation at the Asean Skills Competition in the past years has given our delegates an opportunity to challenge themselves and hone, not just their skills, but qualities such as teamwork, creativity, and discipline,” Villanueva said.
Region 3 also won silver and bronze awards, and diplomas of excellence in the different trade areas. Region 4-A and National Capital Region (NCR) came in second and third, respectively, as the regions with the most number of gold medals.
TESDA Deputy Director General Teodoro Pascua said the PNSC national organizing committee would meet at the end of the month to assess the overall results and determine the composition of the ASC delegation.
“Once we have determined the composition, the training of delegates would likely begin in May until October,” Pascua said, adding that some training sessions would be held in Metro Manila or at the delegates’ respective regions.
Since some of the delegates who will participate at the Asean Skills Competition are already working, Villanueva appealed to their respective employers to extend their support to boost the morale of competitors and their chances of winning the gold.
Villanueva said the training for the Asean competition would make them absent from work and would entail additional expenses. He noted that in 2012 some employers even gave financial support to the competitors.
“Our delegates will not only bring honor and prestige to the country but to their respective companies as well, so we should give them full backing,” he said.