• Tesda to send 18 competitors to Asean skills contest

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    The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) will send a 34-member delegation to the 10th Asean Skills Competition (ASC).

    The biennial meet will be held from October 19 to 24 in Vietnam.

    The competition showcases the skills of students and graduates, and promote and improve technical vocational skills in the region.

    The Philippine team will be composed of 18 competitors and 16 coaches or experts who will vie in various trade areas.

    “The Asean Skills provides an opportunity not just for the tech-voc trainees and coaches, but for the country’s technical vocational education and training sector to shine on a prestigious international platform,” Joel Villanueva, Tesda director general, said.

    “Through their skills and hard work, our tech-voc graduates in the country and abroad have proven that Filipinos are world-class workers,” Villanueva said.

    The competitors were chosen through skills contests conducted at provincial, regional and national levels early this year. The Tesda National Organizing Committee selected the final list of 18 competitors.

    The competitors were considered after a three-week rigorous training program under the guidance of industry experts and practitioners.

    The training was capped by a mock competition last July using the prescribed test packages used in the competition.

    The coaches were enlisted based on their known technical expertise, integrity and experience in international skills competitions.

    The delegates are going through higher level of training that includes physical development, skills and knowledge enhancement, industry immersion, psychological preparation and value formation.

    The competitors and coaches will be joined by a team of Tesda officials.

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