April 26, 2022

Taguig City – For the first time in more than two years, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Women’s Center (TWC) has conducted a hybrid mass graduation of over 1,000 scholars who finished their respective courses in 2020 and 2021.

In line with its 24th Anniversary Celebration, the institution held its traditional TWC Closing Ceremonies with the theme “Kasanayang bigay ng TESDA, Hatid ay Pagbangon sa Gitna ng Pandemya.”

A total of 1,007 scholars of the TWC’s 17 competency-based training programs graced the hybrid mass graduation held today, April 26, at the institution’s Tandang Sora Hall. A total of 51 scholars attended the ceremony in person while the others joined via virtual platform.

Of the 1,007 graduates, 57 have finished Barista NC II; 69 in Bartending NC II; 108 in Bread and Pastry Production NC II; 40 in Bookkeeping NC III; 44 in Cookery NC II; 56 in Dressmaking NC II; 161 in Driving NC II; 33 in Electronic Products Assembly & Servicing NC II; 101 Electrical Installation & Maintenance NC II; 31 in Food and Beverages Services NC II; 18 in Food Processing NC II; 22 in Gas Metal Arc Welding NC II; 60 in Housekeeping NC II; 100 in Plumbing NC I; 36 in Plumbing NC II; 53 in Shielded Metal Arc Welding NC I;  and 18 in Shielded Metal Arc Welding NC II.

The TWC conducts its traditional Closing Ceremonies to celebrate the accomplishments of the deserving trainees as well as recognize the achievements of the Center.

In his message, TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña congratulated the graduates and encouraged them to make better use of the skills they have gained in the course of their training.

“The skills you acquired from the trainings we have provided now serves as your ticket to a better future,” Lapeña said.

“I hope that all of you will continue to improve. Do not stop learning. Take advantage of the opportunities to learn, grow, and to innovate,” the TESDA Chief added.

Meanwhile, Hindon Usman, a graduate of Electrical Installation and Maintenance NC II, expressed her gratitude to TESDA for providing the training as she shared that she is a displaced Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) due to COVID-19 pandemic.

“Marami akong natutunan sa programang ito na maaari kong i-apply sa trabaho o kaya sa aking tirahan. Bilang isa sa mga trainee, isang pribelehiyo na maipagkaloob [sa akin] ang aking nakamit na NC II dahil [ito] ang nagbigay [sa akin] ng kaalaman at kasanayan na kailangan bilang isang electrician,” Usman said.

The TWC, formally known as National Vocational Training and Development Center for Women, is also set to hold its 24th Anniversary Celebration on April 28 with the theme “TWC@24: Leading in Skills Development and Empowerment if Juanas through TVET.”

Also present during the graduation ceremony were TESDA Deputy Director General for TESD Operations Lina Sarmiento, TWC Chief Angelica Gonzales, and Philippine Women’s Economic Network (PhilWEN) Chairperson Aurora Geotina-Garcia who served as the guest speaker. ###