30 May 2021
Taguig City – Due to the bulk of applications for competency assessment on Domestic Work NC II in the National Capital Region (NCR), the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has opened two more assessment centers in the region.
On May 26 and 28, TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña personally led the inauguration of Domestic Work Assessment Center in Quezon City Lingkod Bayan Skills Development Center (QCLBSDC) and in TESDA Manila Training and Assessment Center (TMTAC) respectively.
“The number of outbound OFWs seeking assistance continues to rise. We, at TESDA, understand that our service, the certification program, is among the most needed support of our kababayans who would like to work abroad in order to support their families,” Lapeña said.
This is the fourth and fifth assessment center for Domestic Work NC II in NCR. Other assessment centers in the region are TESDA-NavotaAs Training Institute in Navotas, TESDA Women’s Center (TWC), and Pasay-Makati District Training and Assessment Center (PMDTAC) both in Taguig City.
With this, TESDA-NCR can now accommodate around 500 applicants every week. Specifically, QCLBSDC and TMTAC can accommodate 20 applicants each per day.
Earlier, Lapeña encouraged all outbound OFWs in the provinces to undergo competency assessment on Domestic Work NC II at the nearest assessment center in their area to avoid overcrowding in NCR.
TESDA-NCR is also set to open another assessment center for Domestic Work NC II under the supervision of its District Office and Training Center PaMaMariSan (Pasig, Mandaluyong, Marikina, San Juan) District.
The OFWs are one of TESDA’s long-time priority clients, and the agency is continuously doing its best to improve the services and programs for them to maintain a high rate of employment overseas.
Aside from the opening of the assessment center in Quezon City, Lapeña also graced the launching of TESDAmayan Community Pantry which was set up in the covered court fronting the QCLB Training Center.
The products distributed to the community were from the outputs of the various community gardens of TESDA-NCR Districts and PRLEC Urban Agriculture Project. The community pantry benefited over 200 individuals with pre-packed goods.
Also present during the inaugurations were Deputy Director General Lina Sarmiento, TESDA-NCR Regional Director Florencio Sunico Jr., and TESDA Chief-of-staff Director Juliet Orozco. ### All Photos courtesy of TESDA.
01 June 2021
LGUs urged to tap contact tracing graduates of TESDA
Taguig City – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is encouraging local government units (LGUs) nationwide to hire the agency’s contact tracing graduates for their respective barangays.
TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña said that engaging the services of more TESDA-contact tracers at the community level will help prevent the further spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) across the country.
“As COVID-19 cases in the country are still high, we are appealing to all local chief executives nationwide to hire contact tracers who have been trained under our contact tracing training program,” Lapeña said.
Current data showed that a total of 3,621 scholars nationwide have so far graduated from the CTTP. However, only 594 of these graduates were hired by LGUs while 540 of them were hired by various sectors.
TESDA-NCR, through the MuntiParLasTaPat District Training and Assessment Center pilot-launched the CTTP last September 9, 2020.
Lapeña likewise renewed his call to all TESDA Training Institutions (TTIs) to register CTTP, Barangay Health Services and other Health Care-related programs.
“After a year, the COVID-19 cases in the country have not yet been contained, and with the spread of the new variants, the number of cases surged,” he said, reminding all Regional, Provincial and District Offices and TTIs of his previous order.
As of April 2021, data showed that 78 TTIs have registered health care-related qualifications while 118 have registered CTTP.
Meanwhile, the training on contact tracing, which was developed with the help of the Health Human Resources Development Bureau of the DOH and the health industry experts, runs for 15 days under blended learning modality.
Trainees for contact tracing must have completed at least 10 years basic education or holder of Alternative Learning System certificate of completion with Grade 10 equivalent and has basic communication skills.
Scholars are given a training allowance amounting to PhP2,400 for the entire training duration, insurance coverage, and additional allowance to cover internet expenses and personal protective equipment. ###-
28 May 2021
TESDA, Manila City ink MoA to strengthen tech-voc
Manila City – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in City of Manila will have a new office at the Universidad de Manila (UDM) Annex, boosting the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in the city.
This was after TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña and Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso signed today a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) for a tripartite partnership between and among TESDA, UDM and Public Employment Service Office (PESO)-Manila.
Under the MOA, the City of Manila, through the UDM, provides TESDA-Manila with three large rooms as offices.
In his speech, Domagoso expressed his gratitude to TESDA saying that the MoA signed was in line with the city’s direction to address the socio-economic effect of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
“TESDA, for that matter, is going to be one of the best assets of City of Manila and thank you for that opportunity,” Domagoso said.
Meanwhile, Lapeña said that transferring TESDA-Manila office at UDM-Annex in Sta. Cruz, a more strategic location, will be more appropriate and accessible for residents of Manila. He added that there are around 5,000 students applying for admission at UDM.
“As TESDA-Manila moves to UDM Annex, we shall be able to reach out to aspiring college students and encourage them to avail higher technical and vocational education as an alternative to a college degree,” Lapeña added.
Lapeña likewise announced that some 1,789 trainees from the city have completed the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP). He also expressed hope that more Manileños will be catered by TESDA in the future.
Meanwhile, also under the MOA, TESDA, together with Manila City’s PESO will help tech-voc graduates to find employment. The agency is also set to conduct Community-Based Training for Enterprise Development (CBTED) for unskilled residents and provide trainer development programs for UDM’s TVET trainers.
Lapeña assured the city that TESDA-Manila and TESDA National Capital Region (NCR) are ready to deliver the agency’s services to Manileños.
“We will continue supporting the city’s efforts of empowering Manileños and rebuilding the city’s role as the center for urban living in the country,” Lapeña said.
Also present during the event were UDM President Ma. Lourdes Tiquia, PESO-Manila Director Fernan Bermejo, Deputy Director General Lina Sarmiento, TESDA-NCR Regional Director Florencio Sunico Jr., TESDA-Manila District Director Maria Lourdes Villanueva and TESDA Chief-of-Staff Director Juliet Orozco.
After the MoA signing, Lapeña also graced the inauguration of TESDA Manila Assessment Center for Domestic Work NC II in Paco, Manila, the fifth assessment center for domestic work in the region. ###