/ 2 December 2022

THE TECHNICAL Education and Skills Development Authority pledged to continue improving its programs and services in response to the challenges brought by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

“We are continuously working on improving our processes and systems to adapt and adjust our programs to the rising need of the industries,” TESDA Deputy Director General Tonisito Umali said in his message at the 4th International Conference on Automation, Mechatronics and Robotics.

“TESDA, as the leading authority in TVET in the country, must swiftly respond to the dynamic changes brought about by Industry 4.0,” he added.

The official underscored the important role industries play in producing graduates with industry-fit competencies.

“And that is where our partner industries come in. Our industry helps us develop training programs that will produce graduates with industry-fit competencies,” he said, citing the rapid advancement of technology in the workplace.

For tech-voc training, he continued, the effect of Industry 4.0 is felt directly as it “involves the study of technologies and related sciences and acquisition of practical skills.”

Umali urged those in the education sector and in the industry to work closely to produce a workforce equipped with industry-fit competencies.

“It is a must for us in the education sector and the industry, with this technology-driven change, to work hand-in-hand to harness converging technologies in order to create a smart and more comfortable life for all in the future,” the TESDA official said.

He lauded the Mechatronics and Robotics Society of the Philippines for organizing the 4th ICAMEROB 2022, saying the conference “can take the engineering and technology to a higher notch or global integration.”