September 17, 2018

Moving quickly to help the the national government rebuild the areas devastated by Typhoon Ompong, Secretary Guiling “Gene” Mamondiong, Director General of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), yesterday ordered all TESDA regional directors to mobilize TESDA’s human resources to lend assistance to the typhoon victims.

In an urgent memorandum order, Sec. Mamondiong said the TESDA, as part of the national government machinery, should collectively assist in addressing the effects of the national calamity, and directed all TESDA regional and provincial officials in Luzon and Metro Manila to “mobilize our human resources and whatever resources that we can legally and morally muster” to help those who are affected by Typhoon Ompong.

“Our help should be immediate and direct,” Mamondiong said.

He also directed his officials to make daily reports on the extent of assistance that the TESDA is able to provide to the victims, and encouraged them to conduct physical visits of the affected areas.

“If it is direct training that we need to undertake, we must.  If the displaced population needs shelter and our centers are available, we must make these centers available,” he said.

The TESDA chief said all regional and provincial directors should be creative in mustering the resources needed for providing assistance. You need to talk and engage our partners in the TVET sector,” he said.

The TESDA is the national government authority in technical vocational education and training (TVET) and provides direction and guidance to the country’s TVET sector.  It formulates TVET policies and plans that serve as the blueprint for TVET implementation in the country.

As the national government’s TVET authority, the TESDA implements technical education and skills development programs (TESD) and provides equitable access to these programs to the Filipino people. It undertakes direct training provision through four training modalities — school-based, center-based, enterprise-based, and community-based.