Malasakit Movement with MMDA ASec. Celine Pialago at Northville Deparo Caloocan North

President Ella Mamaril of the Northville Home Owners association in Deparo North Caloocan supports MMDA ASec Celine Pialago in her Malasakit Movement, they sold affordable meat products for the residents supervised by the Mrs. Mamaril and her team. (MJ Olvina-Balaguer, 09053611058, and DZMJ Online Makabuluhang Jornalismo Your Happiness Channel)

July 15, 2021

TESDA inks deal with Japanese air conditioning company

TAGUIG CITY – More Filipino trainees and workers from the Heating, Ventilation, and Air conditioning (HVAC) sector are about to benefit from more modernized facilities about to be established here inside the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Complex.

It was after TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña and Daikin President Takayoshi Miki officially signed today a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in a ceremony held here at the TESDA Women’s Center which was witnessed by the Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines, His Excellency Kazuhiko Koshikawa, TESDA Deputy Director General for TESD Operations Lina Sarmiento, TESDA Deputy Director General for Partnerships and Linkages Aniceto Bertiz III, and TESDA-NCR Regional Director Florencio Sunico, Jr.

TESDA, as part of the agreement, will provide a building inside the TESDA complex that Daikin will transform into a state-of-the-art HVAC Center through developing and implementing higher-level qualification training programs to produce individuals who are skilled in Air-condition installation and servicing.

Secretary Lapeña cited the three important objectives of the signed MOA – upskill the whole Philippine Air conditioning Industry; increase the number of installers; and to update the latest technology.

“By upskilling our countrymen, the higher quality of work in both installation and servicing will be guaranteed. Increasing the number of capable installers is also the key to serve the untapped market. We can also take advantage of the latest energy-efficient technology,” he said.

The TESDA Chief also thanked Daikin for the opportunity and the Japanese Government for its all-out support to the partnership.

Meanwhile, Mr. Miki described the MOA signing as a big step forward for Daikin having TESDA as its partner.

“From now on, we will work with TESDA to develop the latest installation training program and make it mandatory national certification, and also renovate TESDA training facilities as well as provide trainees with high-quality installation tools,” he assured.

Ambassador Koshikawa also noted how TESDA and Daikin Philippines devote themselves to investing in the capability of the Filipino workforce.

“The establishment of this joint training program for Filipino air condition installers and technicians comes at a very opportuned time. It will aid in retooling of many Filipino workers and serve to fill in the gap in the labor market. I sincerely congratulate TESDA and Daikin Philippines on successfully forging this partnership,” he said.

The Japanese company allotted a maximum of four months to convert the building into an innovation site. After the renovation, the public can expect a new Training Regulation in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, as well as the modernized venue for training, not just for new learners, but also for professionals who want to upgrade their existing skills.

This project of the TESDA Regional Training Center – NCR with Daikin will soon be adapted by other regions.###

25 July 2021

TESDA expects more Domestic Workers assessed this year
Taguig City – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is anticipating more applicants for Domestic Work assessment this year compared to the total number of assessed applicants last year.

The agency announced that it has already assessed 54,233 Domestic Work applicants just halfway of the Year 2020. This is higher by 7,980 compared to the 46,253 assessed applicants in 2020.

Secretary Isidro Lapeña explained that the rise in the number of Domestic Work assessments this year is being made possible by the accessible services provided by TESDA and the consideration made by the Inter-agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).

During the height of the restricted community quarantine last year, TESDA launched the online registration for assessment for outbound OFWs to ease the process they undertake in-order to start or resume their jobs abroad as quickly as possible.

A National Certificate (NC) is one of the requirements for a Filipino to work overseas.

“They can just download the TESDA App and click the “TESDA Abot Lahat ang OFWs” button where they can choose either to train or to be assessed. If they choose to be assessed, the concerned TESDA provincial or district office will give them the schedule of their assessment in the nearest assessment center,” he added.

Lapeña also directed the agency’s regional offices to establish additional assessment centers nationwide after the IATF-EID allowed the resumption of face-to-face competency assessment.

“We want to ensure that our kababayans who need to undergo assessment would not have any difficulty in finding an assessment center. In fact, from May to June this year, we opened additional assessment centers in the NCR, Region III and Region IV-A,” the TESDA chief added.

From the total number of assessed Domestic Work Graduates from January to June this year, a total of 49,283 were certified which is equivalent to 90.87% certification rate.

Meanwhile, due to the continuing pandemic, Lapeña is reminding qualified outbound domestic workers to avail the agency’s existing Online Portfolio Assessment.

Leonila De Mesa, an outbound OFW, was able to secure her National Certificate after passing her Portfolio Assessment in October last year.

She affirmed that TESDA is really extending the right services for OFWs.

“I want to thank Secretary Lapeña and everyone in TESDA for answering my queries and helping me all throughout the process. You taught and guided me on what to do and what’s good for me when I work abroad,” she said. ###