TESDA to further improve tech-voc education, agri sectors

Published July 6, 2022, 5:48 PM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) said it is firm in its resolve to improve the quality of the Filipino workers’ technical and vocational skills, especially among overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).


On July 4, Officer-in-Charge Director General Rosanna Urdaneta asked TESDA employees to work hard towards achieving the goals of the new administration, notably on improving the education and agriculture sectors.

“I encourage everyone to diligently work together as a team towards the realization of TESDA’s vision and mission. Let us not forget the discipline and work ethics that we learned from Secretary [Isidro] Lapeña,” she said in a statement.

“Since unity is the main goal of President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., let us show our own brand of unity through hard work here in TESDA,” Urdaneta added.

In his inaugural speech last June 30, President Marcos underscored the need to enhance the technical and vocational education curriculum that would prepare the Filipino workers, especially the youth, to compete better in the global market.

The Chief Executive has also emphasized the importance of the agriculture sector, particularly in achieving food self-sufficiency which he said requires urgent attention by all government agencies.

Deputy Director General for Operations Aniceto “John” Bertiz III, meantime, said that TESDA has always kept the agriculture sector among its top priority sectors in its many programs, projects, and services, especially during the pandemic.

He said TESDA has always been active in providing skills training to Filipino rice farmers under the Rice Extension Services Program (RESP) which is mandated under Republic Act 11203, also known as the Rice Tariffication Law.

Bertiz added that TESDA has been implementing a dual-training system under the Enterprise-Based Training (EBT) where a training modality modelled after Germany combines theoretical and practical training.

“Our EBT program takes place alternately in two venues: the school or training center and the company or workshop,” he said.