TESDA III CTECs Elects Officers
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The Community Training and Employment Coordinators (CTEC) of Region III met at The Orchid Gardens, City of San Fernando, Pampanga on February 12, 2019 for a symposium on TESDA’s plan for CTECs, strategic roles of CTEC in LGUs, initiative to institutionalize the CTEC function in LGUs, and elect the regional CTEC officers.
After the program preliminaries, TESDA Pampanga Director Jamie Castillo opened the assembly with the acknowledgement of participants and thanking the CTECs for their untiring support of TESDA programs.
Mary Cris Base from the Office of the Director General, discussed the roles and functions of CTECs and campaigned for an invigorated solid waste management practice.
TESDA Region III Regional Operations Division (ROD) Chief Nomer Pascual on the other hand, disclosed that to date, TESDA Region III has registered 2,121 Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Programs, assessed 160,025 candidates with 91.8% certification rate.
The ROD honcho also presented the different modalities for TVET programs such as: school-based training which Region III (R3) has 2 schools; community-based training in partnership with LGUs, NGOs, POs, NGAs, and Congressional Representatives; Center-based training with 2 Regional Training Centers and 7 Provincial Training Centers; and the pride of TESDA Tarlac Provincial Office – the Dual Training System with the International Wiring System Philippines, Inc. (IWSP), where trainees are first trained in the centers then deployed to (IWSP) for industry training. During their industry immersion, trainees received free uniform, a pair of shoes, and allowance equal to the prevailing minimum wage in the province.
TESDA Nueva Ecija Director Alejandra de Jesus presented the scholarship programs that aspiring technicians can avail such as: Private Education Scholarship Fund Assistance (PESFA); Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP); Special Training for Employment Program (STEP); and the latest Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act (UAQTEA).
During the open forum, the CTEC representatives were encouraged to render impressive services to their respective communities to facilitate TESDA’s effort to convince LGU’s to grant plantilla positions to CTECs.
During the presentation of CTEC best practices, Dinalupihan, Bataan CTEC Hector Lintag presented their Bahay Pagbabago for Drug Reformist, where guests are given free board and lodging and free TVET training while undergoing counseling and rehabilitation for substance abuse.
Dr. Bernadette Gabor of Bataan Peninsula State University (BPSU) presented her work with the inmates of the Bataan District Jail where she and her associates trained the inmates in livelihood programs like Bread and Pastry Production to facilitate their rehabilitation and enable them to support their families while incarcerated.
Emelita San Agustin of Guiguinto, Bulacan on the other hand, expounded on their effort to address the job mismatch among their youth and their initiative in providing community-based training to promote entrepreneurship. She also disclosed their effort to discourage domestic work among OFWs.
After the presentation of best practices, the following Regional CTEC Officers were elected respectively:
President : Jose Pepe DL. Emana
Vice-President : Hector C. Lintag
Secretary : Emelita B. San Agustin
Treasurer : Ma. Rosa Teodora L. Basilio
Auditor : Merly S. Bumagat
Business Manager : Marilou Esquillo
Coordinators : Marilou Z. Sindac
Noriel C. Dacion
Flodeliza C. Tamayo
Josephine P. Entila
Eloida L. Samonte
Neil Arvin Millo
Marites M. Paladan
R3 Director Dante Navarro in his address, reiterated the importance of CTECs and the plans of TESDA to broaden their role in promoting grass root economic development. He also reminded everyone present of the “Malasakit” campaign of the Duterte Administration and TESDA’s “Abot Lahat” slogan signifying the targeting of those who have not yet availed of TVET services.
He also appealed for help in inspiring the youth to dream for a better life instead of just relying on their parents; value scholarships for its potential to change lives; and acquire more skills to stay competitive in the global labor force market.