TESDA to open training program for agricultural drone operation

21 April 2021

Taguig City – To boost the country’s agriculture, forestry and fishery sector, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will start offering a training program for Agricultural Drone Operation.

This was after TESDA, together with the stakeholders and experts of agricultural remotely piloted aircraft from the AgriDom Solutions Corp. developed the Competency Standards (CS) for Agricultural Drone Operation which will be used by training institutions.

Last March 18, TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña issued a circular containing the guidelines in the deployment of the Competency Standards (CS) for Agricultural Drone Operation Level II.

Lapeña noted that the training program aims to respond to industry skills requirements for agricultural drone operation and produce individuals with 21st Century Skills and compliant to the existing industry standards.

“We also want to provide world-class and competent human resources for the Agricultural Drone Operation under the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery Sector,” he said.

Lapeña has been strongly supporting the agriculture sector to help the country achieve food security, even listing it as among the top priorities of TESDA.

“We should be developing more training programs that would shift the skills of our local farmers from traditional farming to smart farming. We want to make farming more attractive and enticing among the youth,” he added.

Drones become an essential part of smart farming, helping farmers to deal with wide range of challenges and gaining numerous benefits. Specifically, drones can be used for the following: estimating soil condition, planting future crops, fighting infections and pests, agriculture spraying, crop surveillance, livestock monitoring, among others.

The TESDA chief is also encouraging all Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions to register their own agriculture drone operation courses.

According to TESDA’s Qualification and Standards Office (QSO), DJI Academy of Region XI has started working on program offerings this April 2021.

Based on the competency standards, trainees for agricultural drone operation who will be trained for free must have basic communication and arithmetic skills.

Meanwhile, an agricultural drone operation trainer must be a holder of Trainer’s Methodology Certificate or must be a practicing trainer for two years; with two year’s industry experience within the last five years related to Agricultural Remotely Piloted Aircraft Operation; and must be a holder of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) license.

Graduates of Agricultural Drone Operation could be employed as Ground Support, Junior Drone Pilots, and Senior Drone Pilots. ###

20 April 2021

TESDA vows to continue empowering IPs in Caraga

Taguig City – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has expressed its commitment to provide more skills training to Indigenous People (IP) in the Caraga Region.

TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña spearheaded the launching and groundbreaking of several Poverty Reduction and Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) programs in Caraga Region.

Together with Deputy Director General for TESD Operations Lina Sarmiento, Chief-of-Staff Director Juliet Orozco, TESDA-Caraga Regional Director Tarhata Mapandi, Lapeña also visited TESDA offices there and met with the Regional PRLEC member agencies and executives from different local government units.

On Tuesday, April 13, Lapeña, together with Agusan del Norte Governor Dale Corvera, Nasipit Municipal Mayor Enrico Corvera, and other PRLEC members graced the launching and ribbon-cutting of Busilak Enterprise Village in Sitio Mimbahandi. This is a PRLEC project in Agusan del Norte that aims to provide livelihood opportunities to IPs there.

Lapeña likewise personally handed out Certificates of Training Completion to the graduates from Sitios Hinandayan, Mimbahandi and Salaysayon who have finished skills training from TESDA.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, April 14, the TESDA chief also attended the launching of Diversified Innovations in Agriculture and Technology through Unified and Nurtured Outcome (Dinagat Uno) in Basilisa, Dinagat Islands.

Dinagat Uno is a partnership project of TESDA, the Congressional Office, and Kalihukan sa Panaad Marketing Cooperative (KPMC) on composting to develop the 145 hectares farmland into an Integrated Agriculture Production Site.

On April 15, Lapeña led the groundbreaking of Camam-onan Vegetable Growers Association (CamVeGra) Bagsakan and Display Center and tilapia fingerlings dispersal at Brgy. Camam-onan, Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte.

Gigaguit Mayor Chandrou Bonite, Surigao del Norte Vice-governor Eddie Gokiangkee, Jr., and BGen George T. Banzon, Commander, 901st Infantry Brigade also graced the event in support of the project.

Lapeña likewise attended the launching of CARAGA Express Connect (CxC) which is a monitoring hub of TESDA-Caraga that will serve as a venue in monitoring the proceedings during the conduct of assessments in all provinces in the region.

Moreover, on April 16, the TESDA Director General has also spearheaded the launching of Brgy. Zamora Village Enterprise in Talacogon, Agusan del Sur. Lapeña was joined by Agusan Del Sur Governor Santiago Cane Jr., Talacogon Mayor Pauline Marie Masendo, Vice Mayor Melchor Demegillo and member agencies of PRLEC such as the Philippine Army (PA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Lapeña, as the chairman of the PRLEC, vowed to continue working with the private sector and other government agencies to end poverty and insurgency.

He likewise assured the residents of Talacogon that the PRLEC member agencies will work harder to ensure the sustainability of the development program in their area.

“Ang aming programang hatid sa inyo ang magsisilbing simula para magkaroon kayo ng mas maayos na buhay, hindi lamang para sa inyong sarili, kundi pati na rin para sa inyong pamilya,” Lapeña said.

“Sa tulong ng ating mga PRLEC member agencies, marami pang iba’t ibang mga serbisyo ang inyong matatangap. Sabi nga nila, ang PRLEC, ‘pag naghatid ng serbisyo complete package,” he added.

As the lead agency of PRLEC of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), TESDA has been going to far-flung communities in the country to empower its residents through livelihood and other skills training. ###

16 April 2021

581 trainees in Agusan del Norte finish training with TESDA

Taguig City – A total of 581 trainees from three Sitios in Barangay Camagong, Nasipit, Agusan del Norte have finished skills training from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña personally handed out Certificate of Training Completion to the graduates from Sitios Hinandayan, Mimbahandi and Salaysayon during his visit there last April 13.

In Sitio Hinandayan, a total of 161 successful trainees received training certificates while 277 graduates received the same certificates in Sitio Mimbahandi, and in Sitio Salaysayon, a total of 143 trainees were conferred graduates.

Barangay Camagong is a Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) priority Barangay. TESDA, as the lead agency of the PRLEC of National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) has been going to far-flung communities in the country to empower its residents through livelihood and other skills training.

In his message, Lapeña emphasized that the skills obtained by the graduates can be their passports to employment or livelihood.

Lapeña added that the government has high hopes that this will serve as a way to transform the lives of every resident in Brgy. Camagong.

“You can guarantee that the knowledge and skills you obtained from the trainings will be useful … Wherever you will go, you will always bring with you the skills you have now,” Lapeña said noting that these new skills will surely empower the graduates and make them competitive as they search for jobs.

Lapeña likewise directed TESDA-Agusan del Norte Provincial Director Rey Cueva to provide toolkits for 67 graduates who were trained in bakery production for them to make use of their newly-acquired skills.

For another 67 graduates of Small Engine Repair and Maintenance, Lapeña vowed that these graduates will be given a livelihood opportunity by means of putting up a repair and maintenance shop.

“Aside from providing livelihood opportunity to these graduates, the people of Brgy. Camagong can avail of its services without going to Nasipit proper,” Lapeña added.

Meanwhile, in Sitio Salaysayon, Lapeña noted that there is a need for the local residents to have electricity. He assured that the 29 graduates in Basic Solar Power Installation will be given an opportunity to apply what they have learned so that solar power will be installed in the area.

Lapeña likewise pledged that TESDA will also train the community in agri-crop production to ensure that there will be a steady supply of food for the families in the area.

“The Department of Agriculture (DA) through their attached agencies like the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) and the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) will assist us in providing you with the skills needed,” he said.

Also present during the activity were TESDA Deputy Director General for TESD Operations Lina Sarmiento, Chief-of-Staff Dir. Juliet Orozco, TESDA-Caraga Regional Director Tarhata Mapandi, Agusan del Norte Governor Dale Corvera, and Nasipit Municipal Mayor Enrico Corvera.

Lapeña also had graced the launching and ribbon-cutting of Busilak Enterprise Village in Sitio Mimbahandi which is a PRLEC project of Agusan del Norte that aims to provide livelihood opportunities to those members of the Indigenous Cultural Communities of Mimbahandi

Meanwhile, on April 14, Lapeña visited TESDA-Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte Provincial Training Center (PTC) and TESDA-Surigao del Norte Provincial Office to assess what is needed there to improve the agency’s program. ###