September 12, 2018 

Secretary Guiling “Gene” Mamondiong, Director General of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has rallied TESDA officials and employees to Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte’s anti-graft and corruption agenda not by a strong hand but through an appeal with one consistent message: “TESDA is your and the Filipino people’s institution so never involve yourselves in graft and corrupt activities.”

“When something adverse is said about TESDA, it pains me because TESDA is a venerable institution composed of and by professional public servants such as you. I, therefore, appeal to you not to get involved in graft and corrupt practices,” was Mamondiong’s consistent message during his three-week long consultations with TESDA regional and provincial directors, as well as employees.

At the first leg of the TESDA chief’s consultations on 31 August and 1 September in Davao City and Cagayan de Oro City, respectively, Sec. Mamondiong commended the regional directors and provincial directors of TESDA in Mindanao for pursuing TESDA’s programs and services in the island despite limited manpower and the less than ideal environment due to the lingering effects of the Marawi City crisis.

In Luzon on 6 September, it was the turn of TESDA regional and provincial directors in the island to listen to Sec. Mamondiong’s message when he said that they should strictly and closely monitor and validate the implementation of all TESDA scholarship programs.

The following day, on 7 September in Iloilo City, he delivered the same messages to TESDA Visayas regional and provincial directors, adding that the TESDA should also pay strict attention to the absorptive capacity of TESDA technical-vocational institutions and accredited training centers and schools.

But overall in these consultation meetings, Sec. Mamondiong has consistently emphasized that graft and corruption is the next most grave problem, next to illegal drugs, that the Duterte administration is battling.

“My sincere appeal to all of you is, thus, please never involve yourself in graft and

corruption,” Mamondiong said.