BAGUIO CITY – – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority is calling on the Filipino youth to consider Technical – Vocational Education and Training (TVET) especially construction – related skills, as a career choice as this will continue to be in – demand given the “Build, Build, Build” agenda of President Rodrigo Duterte.
TESDA Executive Director Elmer Talavera made the call when he presented the Free Technical Education part of Republic Act 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act during the Baguio – leg of the Nationwide Information Caravan of the said law last week.
Talavera said there is a big labor market requirement for the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program of the government which is why TESDA led by Director- General Guiling Mamondiong is focusing on construction related skills to ensure the availability of skilled construction workers in every community.
‘When a Build, Build, Build project goes into a certain community, it will surely provide job opportunities to the local labor force, but if there are no available skilled workers in the locality, then the contractor will be forced to bring in people from other parts of the country’, Talavera said.
It is equally important that local chief executives, through their Public Employment Service Office must also look into the availability of skilled labor force in the construction sector in their respective locality, Talavera added.
He called on the Cordillera youth, especially the children of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries to avail of the Free Technical – Vocational Training that is being offered by virtue of RA 10931.
About 4,125 beneficiaries in the Cordilllera from July to December this year may avail the free technical education per RA 10931, Talavera said.
There will be 600 for Abram Provincial Training Center; 400 for Baguio City School of Arts and Trades; 550 for Regional Training Center in Baguio City; 500 for Ifugao Provincial Training Center; 1,100 for Kalinga PTC; 275 for Mountain Province PTC; 250 for Ifugao State University; 50 for Kalinga State College; 150 for Kalinga State University and 250 for Apayao Training Center.
He is pushing for a Cordillera TVET that is responsive to the Build, Build, Build program of the government. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)