/ 7 July 2022

THE TECHNICAL Education and Skills Development Authority renewed its resolve to improve the quality of technical and vocational skills education to give Filipino workers an edge, especially those working abroad.

TESDA Officer-in-Charge Director General Rosanna Urdaneta asked employees to work hard to achieve the goals of the  administration, particularly to improve the education and agriculture sectors.

“I encourage everyone to diligently work together as a team towards the realization of TESDA’s vision and mission. Let us not forget the discipline and work ethics that we learned from Secretary [Isidro] Lapeña,” Urdaneta said.

“Since unity is the main goal of President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., let us show our own brand of unity through hard work here in TESDA,” she added.

In his inaugural speech last June 30, President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. underscored the need to enhance the technical and vocational education curriculum that will prepare the Filipino workers, especially the youth, to compete better in the global market.

TESDA Deputy Director General for Operations Aniceto ‘John’ Bertiz III said that TESDA has always given priority to the agriculture sector especially during the pandemic.

The agency provided skills training to rice farmers under the Rice Extension Services Program which is mandated under Republic Act 11203, also known as the Rice Tariffication Law.

The TESDA also offered programs such as Organic Agriculture Production NC II, Agricultural Crops Production NC II and Agro-Entrepreneurship NC II, among others.

In addition, Bertiz said that TESDA implemented a dual-training system under the Enterprise-Based Training where a training modality modelled after Germany combines theoretical and practical training.

“Our EBT program takes place alternately in two venues: the school or training center and the company or workshop,” he added.