/ 13 January 2023

THE TECHNICAL Education and Skills Development Authority vowed to continue and improve its efforts to strengthen the country’s workforce to boost economic recovery.

TESDA Director General Danilo Cruz shared that his agency is developing the National Technical Education and Skills Development Plan 2023-2028, which is the TVET sector’s roadmap for the next five years.

“In support of the Philippine Development Plan 2023-2028, the NTESD 2023-2028 shall focus on digitalization in response to the Fourth Industrial Revolution and as we continue to pursue an area-based and demand-driven TVET,” Cruz said.

Meanwhile, TESDA spokesperson Deputy Director General Aniceto Bertiz III said that TESDA will continue to strengthen the delivery of training programs, particularly enterprise-based training.

The TESDA official also emphasized the importance of the whole-of-nation approach in addressing skills-job mismatch saying that the industries play a crucial role in upskilling and reskilling the Filipino workforce.

“We commit to continue to provide support to those who have lost their jobs during the pandemic. Rest assured that TESDA will be here to ensure that the country’s workforce is responsive to different challenges, especially the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” he said.

This year, TESDA eyes the integration of its Registry of Certified Workers, the Registry of Skills Priorities, and the PhilJobNet of DOLE. This is envisioned to become a centralized database for job-seekers to access the current skills priorities of employers for a seamless job-matching process.

TESDA shall also collaborate more with the industries in priority sectors such as Agriculture, Tourism, Manufacturing, Transportation and Logistics, Health, IT-BPM, Creative Industries, Energy, and Construction.