By Dhel Nazario
Partners from various sectors, who have made significant contributions in the improvement of technical-vocational education and training (TVET) in the country, will be honored, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority’s (TESDA) top officer announced on Friday.
The annual Kabalikat Award is given to TESDA’s most active and outstanding partners, who have assisted the agency in developing, enhancing and implementing training programs that have resulted in better employability of Filipino skilled workers.
These include partners from local government units (LGUs); the legislative branch; the national government agencies (NGA); government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs); non-government organizations (NGOs); private businesses and companies; and local and international organizations.
“We appreciate how these partners help the agency. While TESDA is the authority in TVET, we need the support and expertise of certain sectors. It is only proper that we recognize their notable contributions in the improvement of TVET,” TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña said.
As in the last few years, the 2019 Kabalikat Award will start with TESDA’s Regional and Executive Offices nominating their awardees for any or all of the five different categories: Industry Partners, LGU Partners, Legislative Partners, Development Partners, and National Government Agencies.
Careful evaluation is then done by the Regional/Executive Office screening committees considering several criteria including the nominees’ investment to technical education and skills development (TESD), promotion and advocacy activities, employment facilitation assistance and opportunities provided, quality assurance certification, and their continuous support to TESD.
At the national level, the Kabalikat Awards ceases to be a competition among partners, as each Region/Executive Office will select and recommend at least one nominee who will be included and recognized in the National Kabalikat Awards, the special ceremony for which is usually held during TESDA’s anniversary celebrations.