500 TESDA scholars now ready for employment
Mitchelle L. Palaubsanon (The Freeman) - September 25, 2019 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines — The Technical Education Skills and Development Authority, with its commitment to in supporting the Build Build Build program of the Duterte administration, announced the graduation of skilled construction workers to complement the labor force requirements.

In a mass graduation ceremony for TESDA scholars under the construction sector, around 500 scholarship beneficiaries from the different technical-vocational institutions in Cebu received their training certificates.

To recall, President Duterte’s 10-point socioeconomic agenda envisions the reduction of poverty from 21.6 percent in 2015 to 13 percent to 15 percent by 2022.

Among the reforms that will drive this agenda are the acceleration of infrastructure and the development of industries that will yield robust economic growth across the archipelago.

TESDA said that this Build Build Build project will provide high impact infrastructure projects which intends to increase the productive capacity of the economy through jobs, increased income and strengthen the investment climate leading to sustained inclusive growth.

With this initiative, TESDA said, it is expected that the construction industry will play a vital role in advancing the country's forecasted economic growth.

As TESDA's response to the Build Build Build infrastructure program, the agency has been implementing the "Train to Build Build Build program" through the construction cum training model and other special training arrangements with the industry considering the capacity of the area through the network of TVIs.

Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Lloyd Dino, who was the guest speaker of the event, said that 500 scholarship beneficiaries receiving their training certificates means 500 people who have acquired relevant skills for better employment opportunities, here or abroad.

“The sustained inclusiveness of the Free Technical and Vocational Education and Training or TVET program has been giving equal opportunities to secondary education graduates who opted not to pursue a college education,” he said.

He said that there were 10,172,576 individuals that were trained and have certified 7,073,373 graduates since the start of the Duterte’s administration.

“That’s seven million individuals now equipped with a technical-vocational skill set that gives them the advantage for suitable employment,” he said.

In 2018, the administration registered 7,480 programs in the fields of tourism; agriculture and fishery; electrical and electronics; construction; and social, community development, and other services, with the participation of 4,219 accredited TVET institutions nationwide. — JMD (FREEMAN)

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