September 05, 2023

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority honored its outstanding partners during the 2023 National Kabalikat Awarding Ceremony last August 23 at the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong.

In the ceremony, which coincided with the agency’s 29th anniversary celebration, TESDA Secretary Suharto T. Mangudadatu thanked the awardees for their efforts to make TVET accessible and relevant, and urged them to keep providing services and programs to the Filipino people.

“[Kami ay] nagpugay at nagpapasalamat mula sa puso ng lahat ng TESDAn, dahil kayo po ay piling-pili upang bigyan ng parangal [at mapasalamatan] namin ang inyong suporta at paggabay sa ating mga kababayan sa ngalan ng technical vocational education and training (TVET),” said TESDA Secretary Mangudadatu in his message.

The National Kabalikat Awardees are TESDA’s partners among private businesses and companies, local government units, the legislative branch, national government agencies, and non-government organizations. They are recognized for their significant contributions in the promotion and development of TVET in the country.

In the Industry Category, the awardees include: Coca-Cola Far East Limited; Ginebra San Miguel, Inc.; Rocapor’s Farm Learning Site for Practical Agriculture, Inc.; ASTEC Power Phil., Inc.; Filminera Resources Corporation; and, PhilGold Processing and Refining Corporation.

In the Local Government Units Category, TESDA honored the Municipal Government of Diffun, City Government of San Jose Del Monte, Municipal Government of Mogpog, City Government of San Carlos, Municipal Government of Mabini-Bohol, City Government of Ormoc, Municipal Government of Manolo Fortich, City Government of Tacurong, Municipal Government of Kapangan, and Municipal Government of Kitcharao.

In the Legislative Branch Category, TESDA recognized the efforts of the Ilocos Norte Second Congressional Office, Lone Congressional District of Biñan City, Ako Bicol Party List, and the Office of the District Representative of Makati City – 2nd District.

Further, Senators Loren Legarda, Imee Marcos, and Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, as well as the International Labour Organization, Asian Development Bank, and United States Agency for International Development are also recognized as this year’s Special Kabalikat Awardees for their contributions to Philippine TVET.

“Our partnership with you is evidence that collaboration with shared a goal make remarkable and innovative transformations and accomplishments,” added Secretary Mangudadatu.

Each Kabalikat awardee received a certificate and a plaque of recognition from TESDA.