BAGUIO CITY: The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) and the city government of Baguio teamed up to enhance the technical-vocational (tech-voc) education and skills training of students at the Baguio City School of Arts and Trade (BCSAT).
Tesda Secretary Joel Villanueva and Mayor Mauricio Domogan signed the memorandum of agreement at the City Hall Multi-purpose Hall recently with Vice Mayor Edison Bilog and Coun-cilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda, Tesda regional committee chairperson, as witnesses.
Under the agreement, Tesda and Baguio City will give P5 million each to enable BCSAT to sustain its competitiveness by expanding its training facilities, enhancing the capability of its instructors and trainers and upgrading its equipment and program.
BCSAT, which is co-managed by Tesda and Baguio City, is a Center of Excellence in Tourism Services.
During the ceremony, Villanueva also personally awarded the Tesda “Kaba-likat” Award to city officials led by Domogan in recognition of the local government’s invaluable contribution and committed partnership in pushing for tech-voc education and skills training as a career choice.
Villanueva also gave Do-mogan 2,400 Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) vouchers to benefit students from 18 tech-voc training institutions in Baguio including BCSAT.
Villanueva highlighted the importance of such partnership in responding to the growing demand for tech-voc as a career choice, as well as the continuing demand for highly skilled workforce, locally and abroad, especially on the field of tourism services, IT, BPO, construction, welding, semi-conductors, electronics and agri-business.
“We can and must continue to invest in producing skilled and competitive workforce. This is where Tesda, the local and national government and private sector can come together to contribute to the development of our communities,” Villanueva said.
Domogan thanked Tesda as he highlighted the importance of tech-voc as a career choice, especially to the children who cannot afford to go to premier universities and colleges.
Villanueva was also set to visit Moog Controls Corp. to sign an agreement that will enhance tech-voc training for the Cordillera Administrative Region.