TESDA III Celebrates 22nd Anniversary, Employees Day, and Sends Off RD TED
BALE DE ANGELES, CSF Pampanga – TESDAns from all over Region III trooped to Bale de Angeles in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga for the 22nd Anniversary Celebration, Employees Day, and Send off the out-going TESDA III Regional Director Teodoro M. Gatchalian to his new life.
After the mass, TESDA III Regional Director Francisco B. Jucar, Jr. in his speech intimated that he was hoping to spend the remaining two years of his professional life at TESDA as Regional Director of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
According to RD Jucar, he had been working with Institutions of Higher Learning at the CAR regarding the feasibility of evolving the current program offerings of TESDA into certificate and diploma programs. He also encouraged all Provincial Directors present to give the idea its day in the sun.
After the very enlightening speech, RD Jucar swore into office the recently elected ACE Officers led by ACE President Neil G. Santioque, VP Internal Daisy Cortes, and VP External Leonardo R. Tabamo.
The raffle of tokens followed suit which will serve as intermission between events. The underpinning idea is to ensure that everyone gets a token before the affair is over.
TESDA have always shown great appreciation for the contributions of its employees, and on the occasion of its 22nd anniversary, eight employees were recognized for 15 years of loyal service with PhP5,000 cash gift; one employee recognized for 25 years of loyal service with PhP5,000 cash gift and PhP15,000 gift certificate; one employee for recognized for 30 years of loyal service with PhP5,000 cash gift and PhP20,000 gift certificate; and three employees recognized for 35 years of loyal service with PhP5,000 cash gift and PhP25,000 gift certificate.
Employees who joined the senior citizen’s club this year were also given recognition and gift from grateful colleagues.
After the sumptuous lunch, each TESDA province with their respective Provincial Directors presented a themed dance number, to wit; Pampanga – Thailand, Bataan – Korea, Tarlac – India, Nueva Ecija – Spain, Bulacan – Germany, Zambales – Hawaii, and Aurora – Brazil.
TESDA Bataan took first place followed by Pampanga and Nueva Ecija respectively, but the Tarlac contingent who gyrated to a hectic Indian music took the crowd by surprise and was delighted to discover that the dancers can be as authentic as the real nationals.
After the Anniversary celebration, the mood turned somber when it was time to bid the former TESDA III Regional Director Ted Gatchalian goodbye.
TESDA III Provincial Directors one by one gave tribute and wished RD Ted the best for the next leg of his adventurous life.
TESDA Tarlac Provincial Director Ben-Hur B. Baniqued lauded the accomplishments of the Region under the guidance of RD Ted though at times, he intimated that they did not see eye to eye as to the manner of execution, as was wont to happen between highly driven executives.
Heads and administrators of the region’s Technical Vocational Institutions (TVI) also gave their testimony to the leadership and the sterling character of RD Ted.
Solemn as the send off was, it was only during the video tribute that tears did fall, nothing like old photographs and even older music to push that emotion driven liquid to the surface.
RD Ted wrapped the affair with his heartfelt message of gratitude for the blood, sweat, and tears spent in the quest to put Region III in the forefront of public service and left the tearful audience with a message, “That we do things not for the accolades but because it’s the right thing to do.”