This glossary of terms intends to provide the TESDA key players, partners, and stakeholders an online and updated TVET information, concepts, to bring common understanding and clarification on the use of TESDA terminologies.

Unit of Competency
a component of the competency standard stating a specific key function or role in a particular job or occupation serving as a basis for training an individual to gain specific knowledge, skills, and attitude needed to satisfy the special demands or requirements of a particular situation.
Source: Training Regulations Framework
Universal Access To Quality Tertiary Education Act (UAQTEA)

a program established through R.A. No. 10931 providing free tuition and other school fees in State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), Local Universities and Colleges (LUCs), and state-run Technical Vocational Institutions (STVIs); establishing the Tertiary Education Subsidy and Student Loan Program (SLP), and strengthening the Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST).

Source: TESDA Circular No. 004, s. 2024
Universal Waste (UW)
are hazardous wastes that are widely produced by households and many different types of businesses. It includes televisions, computers, and other electronic devices as well as batteries, fluorescent lamps, mercury thermostats, and other mercury-containing equipment, among others.
Source: TESDA Circular No. 59 s. 2017
Unresolved Issue
refers to the status of the data correction request which cannot be immediately accomplished due to incomplete supporting documents or related to policy issues.
Source: TESDA Circular No. 056 s. 2021
Unserviceable Property
refers to government property that is no longer needed or has become useless for any cause, such as, it can no longer be repaired or reconditioned; maintenance cost/cost of repair is more than or outweighs the benefits and services that will be derived from its continued use; obsolete or outmoded because of change of technology or unnecessary due to change in the agency's function or mandate.
Source: TESDA Circular No. 018 s. 2018
learning new skills to improve performance in one's current job or position.
Source: Sivalingam, A.D. , & Mansori, S., 2020
Urban Poor
refers to individuals or families in urban areas with incomes below the poverty line as defined by the National Statistical Coordinating Board. They are the underprivileged or homeless sector of society - the unemployed, underemployed and the irregularly employed, or who are incapable of meeting the minimum basic needs, and who live in slums, squatter and resettlement areas, sidewalks, dumpsites, road right-of-way, cemeteries, unoccupied government or private lands or along danger zones like railroad tracks, esteros, riverbanks, high tension wires, or other places in urban areas.
Source: Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor
User-Led or Market-Driven Strategy
a strategy that promotes strengthened linkages between educational/training institutions and industry to ensure that appropriate skills and knowledge are provided by the educational center.
Source: RA No. 7796, TESDA Law
Utilization Rate
at least eighty percent (80%) utilization rate in a particular qualification previously granted in the immediately preceding year and being applied for.
Source: TESDA Circular No. 028 s. 2018, IG for 2018 PESFA
the confirmation process made by the Portfolio Assessor to ensure that learning outcomes or competencies acquired by the applicant have been assessed against standards set in enhanced competency assessment tools and rubrics for portfolio assessment.
Source: TESDA Circular No. 47 s. 2018

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