THE newly appointed director general of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) has committed to expansion of skills training programs of the government as he unveiled on Wednesday the agency’s long-term plans for curbing poverty by increasing the marginalized sector’s access to technical vocational education and training (TVET).
“We will seek out those who have been neglected and have experienced little or no attention from the government, introduce them to skills training and help them realize their potential to be productive members of society,” Guiling Mamondiong.
Through the “Two-Pronged Strategy of Tesda in Poverty Reduction” focusing on a twin approach of TVET for global competitiveness and TVET for social equity, the agency will be offering training programs to urban and rural poor, farmers, fisherfolk, indigenous peoples, women, rebel returnees/ combatants, drug dependents, repatriated overseas Filipino workers, out-of-school youth, micro, small and medium enterprises, family enterprises and local government units.
“On the one hand, we have our industry-led and widely recognized programs and services, which we will continue to offer and advocate. On the other hand, we will make more of these services available to those who need them most,” Mamondiong said.
He added that the agency also plans to bolster its training efforts using approaches such as community-based training, expanded scholarships, mobile training program, Tesda online program, barangay (village) empowerment through TVET, compact mobile units and onsite training and assessment.
The Tesda chief presented the agency’s 12-point reform and development agenda for the next six years that includes technical audit, linkages with government schools and training institutions, drug dependents training program, village skills training program, moral renewal program, linkages with foreign skills training institutions, global access to list of TVET graduates and certified workers, continuing program for Tesda’s alumni, expanded training program for women, special skills training for individual and family enterprises, establishment of on-line scholarship application and transparency.
The 12-point agenda, Mamondiong said, would serve as the framework through which programs designed specifically for expanded access to TVET by identified groups would be implemented.
He, however, added that the planned steps would require very close coordination with relevant government agencies such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Agriculture, Philippine National Police, local government units, social organizations and private training centers.
“This [Duterte] administration’s urgent call for crime and poverty reduction, and nationalistic values renewal is one that should be heeded by the entire country as issues regarding these affect us all. Tesda intends to do its part, so expect to see more and more of us in the coming days because through TVET we plan to reach even the most isolated communities in the archipelago,” Mamondiong said.