Program Registration and Competency Assesment Compliance Auditors Calibration

Conduct of PO Misamis Occidental Program Registration and Competency Assesment Compliance Auditors Calibration at Oroquieta Agro-Industrial School, February 18, 2019.

The Compliance Auditors Calibration Program serves as a venue to discuss common shared understanding of the compliance audit guidelines, procedures, forms and reporting process.




Meeting on the Prospective Bamboo Production Training Center

Regional Director Tarhata S. Mapandi had a meeting with Mr. Pedro Walpole Director USAID Project APU-Palamguwan Cultural Education Center (APC) with Mr. Roberto W. Ansaldo Project Director of Philippine Chamber of Agriculture and Food, Inc, Ms. Irene Floro, Oro Chamber President, Mr. Andres ignacio Director for Planning Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC) and TESDA PO Bukidnon PD Kotie R. Bax for a Prospective Bamboo Production Training Center in Region X.

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Meeting with Cong.Abdullah Dimaporo and Governor Imelda Quibranza Dimaporo

Tubod, Lanao Del Norte

Regional Director Tarhata S. Mapandi had Meeting with Cong.Abdullah Dimaporo and Governor Imelda Quibranza Dimaporo together with RTC Iligan Training Center Administrator Mario S. Labisig and LNNAIS School Administrator Vicente Cruz to discuss the Conduct of Language Skills Training on Basic Japanese Language (Nihonngo) and Culture. LNNAIS role in LDN Agricultural Development was also tackled and the possibility of PLGU to put an LGU run TVET School and complementation of Agri Schools in LDN with PLGU and DA.

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Turn Over of “Guide to Organizing a Technology-Based Community Skills Training Program”

City Government of Cagayan de Oro, City Hall

Regional Director Tarhata S. Mapandi was invited to the regular flag raising of City Government employees on Monday together TESDA Provincial Office of MIsamis Oriental Provincial Director NAzario D. Villamor Jr. Mr. Gerry C. Quiblat and other City Government Local Officials Ms. Ma. Dulce Potenciano who represented Mayor Oscar S. Moreno, Ms. Marisa M. Tagarda, OIC, Community Improvement Division, Ms. Crispina Estrada, CID, Councilor Yan Lam S. Lim, Pres, Liga ng mga Brgy.,Mr. Oliver V. Egypto, Head Office of Community Affairs, for the turn over of “Guide to Organizing a Technology-Based Community Skills Training Program” to the barangays.


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Meeting of the Director General and Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce

Luxe Hotel, CDOC

Meeting between Secretary Isidro S. Lapeña of TESDA and Cagayan de oro chamber of commerce during the National Directorate meeting that ended up with a commitment to work together for the guaranteed employment of skilled workers in the region. Present during the meeting were Regional Director Tharhata Mapandi, Deputy Director General Rose Urdaneta, SMI ILF Executive Vice-President AnTon Estrella, COCCI Executive Director Queretess Queritess Q. Queja.



TESDA reactivates advisory council for women’s center

TESDA Director General, Secretary Isidro S. Lapeña, recently led the oath taking ceremony for the members of newly reactivated Center Advisory Council (CAC) for the TESDA Women’s Center (TWC) in Taguig City last December 5, 2018.

The new CAC is composed of Chairperson Pacita “Chit” U. Juan.  Members of the council include: TESDA Deputy Director General for Policies and Planning, Rosanna A. Urdaneta, and PCW Chairperson Rhodora M. Bucoy, both representing the government sector; Ma. Aurora “Boots” Geotina-Garcia representing Women NGO; Carolyn I. Sobritchea, PhD., the academe; Teresita “Tes” Borgoños, the industry/construction sector; Gilda Patricia C. Maquilan, the business sector; and, Fatima Aliah D. Cimafranca as representative of services/financial intermediation.

The CAC was reactivated October 2018 through the initiative of DDG Rosanna A. Urdaneta, with her strong commitment to support woen empowerment.  The main objective for the reactivation of the CAC is to provide policy advice, guidance, and to build wider networks for the TESDA Women’s Center (TWC).  The reactivation of the CAC aims to accelerate advancement of women empowerment in the TVET sector.

The priorities of the new CAC include mapping out industry needs to match with the priority sectors and identify relevant courses for women that are attuned to the demands of industries.  The council also fully supports TESDA’s gender and development (GAD) mandate of increasing the enrolment of women in traditionally male-dominated fields.

Appointed by the TESDA Director General, the CAC members have a tenure of one year, or until Dec. 5, 2019.

The original Center Advisory Council of the TWC was established in 1999 with former Senator Leticia Ramos-Shahani as Chairperson with members from the business, labor union, NGO, academe, and the government sector.

Located within the TESDA Complex in Taguig, the TWC is the lead technical vocational education and training (TVET) institution of excellence in women empowerment that advocates and provides programs and services geared towards quality-assured, inclusive and gender-fair TVET.  It is an internationally accredited TVET institution by the Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC) with Gold level status.  The TWC has also been recently recognized as an IMI-approved Centre by the UK-based Institute of Motor Industry.


Lapeña thanks Senate for restoring TESDA budget

Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General, Secretary Isidro S. Lapeña, thanked the Senate for ensuring that the almost P5 billion cut from the the agency’s budget will be restored in 2019.

This was announced by Lapeña in his thanksgiving message to the officials and employees of TESDA during the flag raising ceremony held last Dec. 17.

In his message, Lapeña said he attended the budget hearing at the Senate last Dec. 6 in which he was told there was a P4.86 billion cut from the 2019 budget of the agency due to lower spending of the agency’s funds in 2018.

The TESDA chief admitted that he was not able to talk to Senators Loren Legarda and Sonny Angara prior to the hearing but he was able to catch up with Angara later.

Lapeña said he talked to Senators Panfilo Lacson, Richard Gordon, Joel Villanueva, former TESDA Director General, and asked for restoration of the agency’s budget.

I explained it to them, to Senators Lacson, Gordon and Villanueva. Of course, iyan ang ating palaging katulong, si Villanueva being former DG of TESDA, and of course to Sen. Angara. I was able to meet them and they committed to restore the full amount back to TESDA, P5 billion maibabalik nang buo,” said Lapeña.

The TESDA chief explained there was delay in the release of the budget which resulted in the agency’s slow spending, affecting the number of clients who could avail of skills training.

Lapena said for the past three years, of the agency’s prospective 45 million clients, only 2.7% were served or less than 1% per year.

When Lapeña explained it to Lacson, the senator said that the condition of TESDA is “pathetic”.

Prior to that, Lacson explained his position in restoring the budget, “In 2018, they received the budget from the Commission on Higher Education in September. So there was little time to obligate. That is the reason why they have a very low obligation rate in 2018, only 58 percent.”

Senator Franklin Drilon has promised to finish the budget deliberation for 2019 budget on January 27.(END)

TESDA launches 4th cycle development plan for TVET sector

December 19, 2018

Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Secretary and Director General Isidro S. Lapeña, PhD., CSEE, yesterday presided over the official media launching of the National Technical Education and Skills Development Plan, 2018-2022, the national blueprint for the technical-vocational education and training sector, or, TVET.

In a simple ceremony at the Hotel Jen in Pasay City, Secretary Lapeña unveiled the 158-page NTESDP, 2018-2022 in the presence of TESDA officials, representatives of TESDA partner-agencies, members of the academe, TVET industry partners, and other stakeholders in the TVET community.

“We thought it auspicious to unveil today to our people the NTESDP, 2018-2022 because in just 12 days, we will usher in a New Year, which to us holds a promise not only of hope, but of good tidings for all, especially for our Filipino workers,”  Lapeña said in his message during the media launch.

Lapeña said the NTESDP, 2018-2022 is geared towards lifting up the disadvantaged, the marginalized, and those in the lower strata of our society from poverty to the mainstream comfort of progress.

“Through this Plan, the TESDA seeks to forge and harness partnerships with local government units, TVET associations, industries, and the academe to deliver targeted and community-specific TVET programs. We believe this would contribute to our aim of winning the hearts and minds of the people, develop the competencies, establish income-producing livelihoods, and maximize their contribution to their respective local economies,” the TESDA chief explained.

The NTESDP, 2018-2022, the fourth in the cycle of TVET planning, is a product of expansive consultations, discussions, researches, and studies by and among the stakeholders in the TVET community lead by TESDA, as mandated under Republic Act 7796 or the TESDA Act of 1994.

This mandate directs the TESDA to formulate a comprehensive development plan for middle-level manpower based on a national employment plan or policies for the optimum allocation, development, and utilization of skilled workers for employment entrepreneurship, and technology development for economic and social growth.

Accordingly, this plan shall, after approval of the President, shall be the plan for technical education and skills development for the entire country within the framework of the Philippine Development Plan.

“I am proud to say that the NTESDP, 2018-2022, has already been approved in the Cabinet level. We are just waiting for President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s signature of approval for the Plan, Lapeña said.

“I am also pleased to say that the NTESDP, 2018-2022 is not the handiwork of TESDA alone. This Plan contains the wisdom and technical expertise and inputs of all the various TVET stakeholders, some of whom are with us today. I thank them for their concerted and rigorous efforts to see the Plan realized in its present form,” he added.

He explained that being the plan for the TVET subsector, the NTESDP, 2018-2022 serves as a compass and guide to all TVET stakeholders, actors, movers, and leaders in coming up with responsive policies and programs for the sector.

“The Plan supports the broader goals and objectives of the national government as set forth in the Philippine Development Plan,” he further said.

The NTESDP, 2018-2022 runs on the theme, “Vibrant Quality TVET for Decent Work and Sustainable Inclusive Growth” , which recognizes the thrust of the Duterte administration towards “Quality TVET for All”.

Towards the achievement of this desired goal, the plan highlights a Two-Pronged Strategy: (1) TVET for Global Competitiveness and Workforce Readiness and (2) TVET for Social Equity.

Secretary Lapeña said the TESDA is happy with the plan and is convinced that it will equip the Filipino workforce with the necessary skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed to stay relevant and competitive and be able to adapt to the world of work today and in the near future.

“We are now in a globalized and interconnected world, where we are staring right in the eye the hard challenges of the 4thIndustrial Revolution (4IR). We must ensure that our workforce retains their competitive advantages over other workforces elsewhere. These competitive advantages have made Filipinos known and preferred the world over,” he said.

He expressed strong belief that TVET, in general, and TESDA, in particular, can contribute immensely to the attainment of peace and development in the countryside, saying that under his term, the TESDA will not only focus on the development of the Filipino workforce to fill in the manpower requirements of the industries but also to empower those who are hard to reach or the unreached sectors of the population, using the plan as guide.

“Thus, I would like to enjoin the support of the media and all other partners to ensure that the programs and projects enshrined in the plan will be disseminated, appreciated, and understood by our people, especially by our target clients and partners. Otherwise, no matter how good the plan is, if we fail to bring its contents to our clientele, or if we do not reach them, then we will definitely fail in our mission,” he finally said.


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TESDA-10 Conducts Multipliers Trainers’ Training Program for Lanao Del Sur Farmers

Cagayan de Oro City – TESDA Region 10 in the hope of providing a sustainable solution against poverty, conducted the Poverty Alleviation and Reduction of Extremism through TVET in Muslim Mindanao (PARETMM) Program for Lanao del Sur Farmers held August 29 to September 1, 2018 in Davao City. The program intends to integrate the program interventions of the various government agencies and private sector to directly and holistically address poverty in Mindanao particularly in conflict affected areas. The 200 IDPs, Farmers from Lanao del Sur were given Trainers Training, Skills Training Program, Entrepreneurship, Product Development, Linkage with Business Sectors, Community of Best Practice and Capacity Building for Women.

According to the TESDA Chief Guiling “Gene” Mamondiong, these IDPs/Farmers were provided with competencies that will help them engage into agribusiness or enhance their skills in farming considering that this would create a ripple effect to the economic evolution in their province.

TESDA-10 Regional Director Tarhata S. Mapandi said, the three (3) day MTTP aims to capacitate the participants in the conduct of training and develop a pool of trainers to implement the agri-based products livelihood training program and give them the inspiration of appreciate the Training of Trainers (TOT) who will then be asked to share and transfer their knowledge to their fellow IPs and fellow Muslim who possess the potential or capability of become a multiplier trainer. She also mentioned that this program also prepares the participants develop competencies as agents of change.