By Dhel Nazario
The country chalked up another regional achievement after bagging silver and bronze medals in the 12th Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) Skills Competition dubbed as the “WorldSkills Bangkok 2018” recently held in Bangkok Thailand.
Ramon Bong Bautista, of Region 3, brought home a silver medal from the Visual Graphic Technology category and also won the Best in Nation award as the leading competitor from the Philippines. While a bronze medal award went to Leonido Lomoljo, of Region 9, competitor in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning; and John Leonard Ramos, Region 1, Hairdressing.
The contest was held from August 31 to September 2 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Secretary Guiling Mamondiong said the winning performance of Team Philippines in skills competition only proves that the country’s technical-vocational education and training (TVET) is effective and world-class.
“We are very proud of our competitors and their coaches. Not only have they brought honor to the country but they have also cast a very favorable light on Philippine TVET and on all our skilled workers. Congratulations Team Philippines!” he added.
Eight Filipino competitors also received a Medallion for Excellence award. They were, Marc Dave Perez, Region 4-A, Restaurant Service; John Jay Abinal, Region 5, Electrical Installations; Benedict Hornido, Caraga, Graphic Design Technology; Heinrich Omlaan, Region 11, Welding Technology; Anthony Cabigayan, Region 3, IT Software Solutions for Business; Joeminel U. Cutcharo, Region 8, Automobile Technology; Marvin Madla, Region 3, IT Network System Administration and Patrick Neil Noceja, National Capital Region (NCR), Web Design and Development.
The Philippine Team is composed of 331 competitors and 260 experts (coaches).Held every two years, the ASEAN Skills Competition is said to be the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in ASEAN countries.
One of the legacies of the ASEAN Skills Competition is to give importance to professional education, as a component of socioeconomic transformation.