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The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) said it is reviving the Philippine National Skills Competition this year to promote technical education and skills development among Filipino workers as well as to prepare them for an Asian title late this year.
“The skills competition is our way of promoting technical education and skills development and in inculcating the value of hard work and excellence among the Filipino skilled workers,” Tesda Director General Joel Villanueva said in his report to President Benigno S. Aquino III.
“This is also in preparation for the country’s participation anew to the 2012 ASEAN Skills Competition (ASC) to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia in November this year,” he said.
Tesda has not held the national skills competition for almost a decade and Villanueva said it is being revived this year with the strong support of the private sector.
The competitors are now undergoing stringent preparation that includes physical development, skills and knowledge enhancement, industry immersions, psychological preparation and value formation, in partnership with the industry and the private sector, Villanueva said.
Tesda was established in 1994 through Republic Act 7796. It aims to encourage the full participation of the industry, labor, local government units and technical-vocational institutions in the skills development of the country’s human resources.
It is mandated to integrate, coordinate and monitor skills development programs in the country as well as restructure efforts to promote and develop middle-level manpower.
Tesda also approves skills standards and tests, develop an accreditation system for institutions involved in middle-level manpower development and fund programs for technical education and skills development.