April 25, 2018
Up to 37,293 persons enrolled in various construction courses while 31,633 others enrolled in Information Technology-Business Process Management (IT-BPM) courses during the National TVET Enrollment and Jobs Bridging held last February 27-28 and the Special National TVET Enrollment and Jobs Bridging of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) last April 5-6 nationwide.

Of the 37,293 enrollees, 26,562 of them enrolled last Feb. 27-28 while the 10,731 others enrolled last April 5-6.

For IT-BPM, there were 31,633 who enrolled.  There were 27,915 enrollees joined last 27-28 while an additional 3,718 others enrolled on April 5-6.

TESDA said that it is also focused on IT-BPM because the agency believes that this is one sector that would contribute to the growth of the economy by generating employment.  The country also has long been a major supplier of qualified workers in the IT-BPM industry.

TESDA Director General Guiling “Gene” Mamondiong directed all the technical vocational institutions (TVIs) and the TESDA Technology Institutions (TTIs) to immediately start the training of the 37,293 enrollees in various courses under the construction sector in preparation for the Build, Build, Build Program of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Mamondiong has called for the immediate enforcement of the program for construction scholars to ensure that there is enough supply of manpower in the industry and not cause any delay in implementation of the government projects.

According to the TESDA chief, the government would be needing 300,000 construction workers for the mega bridge projects of Duterte nationwide, 100,000 of whom the government agency vowed to train and ready for employment.

Mamondiong added, however, that he was disappointed with the low turnout of the two national TVET enrollment events for the construction sector due to low salaries.

He said that he has written the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to consider ways of increasing the salary of construction workers so that more would be encouraged to be employed in the sector.

In job fairs held last April 5-6, there were 36,314 job openings for construction and IT-BPM.  There were 7,898 applicants for TVET graduates/regular applicants and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs); 1,350 were hired on the spot; and 378 companies participated.

For construction, there were 6,121 applicants; 27,591 available jobs; 1,227 hired on the spot, and 249 construction companies participated in jobs bridging.

Under IT-BPM, 1,777 applicants; 8,723 job opening; 123 hired on the spot and 123 companies took part.

For the special TVET enrollment and jobs bridging, 141 OFWs were given assistance: 99 for training, 37 for employment and 5 for various services of the agency.

During the holding of two national enrollment and jobs bridging last February 27-28 and April 5-6 nationwide, up to 207,103 have enlisted for training in different tech-voc courses; 15,830 job applicants showed up to apply for 117,528 job opening; 4,256 were hired on the spot and 1,248 firms joined.

Mamondiong directed all the Regional Directors, Provincial/District Directors to accommodate all applicants/registrants during the National TVET Enrollment Day last Feb. 27-28 and Special Enrollment  for Construction and IT-BPM last April 5-6, including the indigenous peoples (IPs) and rebel returnees.

“You are further directed to communicate to the applicants/registrants the status of their applications and provide other necessary details pertaining to the training such as the date and venue of their training,” said Mamondiong as contained in his memorandum sent to regional directors, provincial/district directors of the agency.

He said that the status report of these activities will be submitted to the Office of the Director General (ODDG) for Policies and Planning of TESDA.

The top 10 qualifications under the IT-BPM sector were Computer  Systems Servicing NC ll, Visual Graphic Design NC lll, Contact Center Services NC ll,  Language, Animation NC ll, Japanese Language and Culture, Korean Language and Culture, Creative Web Design, 2D Animation NC lll and English Language.

On the other hand, the top 10 in the construction sector were Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)NC ll, Electrical Installation & Maintainance (EIM) NC ll, Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC l, Carpentry NC ll, Masonry NC ll, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) NC ll, Scaffold Erection NC ll, Technical Drafting NC ll, Tile Setting NC ll, and Plumbing NC ll.