Cordillerans gear up for National Skills Competition

BAGUIO CITY – Cordillera delegates gear up for the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority(TESDA) National Skills Competition following the recently concluded regional skills competitions

The Cordillera Regional Skills Competitions held in various venues last August 15 to 18 involved six traits namely Welding, Cooking, Restaurant Services, IT Software Solution, Web Design and Graphics Design.

For the welding completion held at the TESDA Regional Training Center here, Jayson Paul Tangiben bagged the gold medal. Eleazar Mangallay, also of RTC and Jarreth Dulnuan from Ifugao Provincial Training Center won the silver and bronze medal, respectively.

Jevo Gygni Calaustro won the gold medal for the cooking competition held at Baguio City School of Arts and Trades (BCSAT). Alexander Estabillo and Ariel Lomot got silver and bronze medals, respectively. Calaustro and Estabillo are both BCSAT trainees while Lomot is from Medline.

For Restaurant Services, Julie Buaken landed first place while Ronald Agpawa settled for second. Both are from BCSAT. Irish Ann Nishikawa of CHETS Academy and Julius Abidal of MITI tied for third place.

In IT Software Solution, Deon Paul Sadcopen of Informatics bagged the gold and Samuel Corpuz of DCCP the silver plum.

For Web Design, John Philip Paduyao of Informatics won over Aristotle Gamaas, also of Informatics for the gold medal. For Graphic Design, Geraldine Was –as of Informatics won the gold. Mark Lorenz Gimeno (Informatics) and Jake Brandon Bantogon got silver and bronze medal, respectively.

All the gold medalists in the regional competitions will represent Cordillera in the National Skills Competition this November tentatively set in Davao City.

TESDA Cordillera Regional Director Rafael Abrogar II outlined that the skills competition aims to promote the development of quality technical – vocational education and work values among the youth/skilled workers. At the same time, this will provide an avenue to recognize work excellence and develop new generation of highly skilled Filipino workers.

Abrogar also affirmed that Filipino skilled workers can be globally competitive as he presented two Cordillerans who have proven their worth in international competitions.

Joshua Lizardo who competed in the 2014 ASEAN Skills Competition in Hanoi, Vietnam brought home the Medallion of Excellence in Cookery while Jalanie Dimacaling won bronze medal in the Web Design category in the 2016 ASEAN Skills Competition and 2017 China International Skills Competition. Dimacaling will also represent the country in the World Skills Competition in Abu Dhabi in October.

Abrogar has high hopes for Cordillerans in the national skills competitions. /PIA CAR


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