May 10, 2019

Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director General Secretary Isidro Lapeña has announced that the agency is now accepting nominees for this year’s search for outstanding graduates of technical education and skills development (TESD) programs.

Now on its 10th year, the TESDA Idols 2019 award seeks to give recognition to graduates of TESD programs who have attained remarkable success in their chosen field or occupation and/or who have contributed to the economic improvement of their respective communities.

The award has two categories, Self-Employed and Wage-Employed.  Selection begins at the provincial level, and the winners at the regional level will then compete for the national award. At the national level, each category will have a National Winner, 1st Runner-up, and 2nd Runner-up.

Qualified nominees are TESD graduates who are Filipino citizens, at least 21 years of age, and with outstanding achievements in line with his/her trade within the last 3 years.  They must also be nominated by any legitimate civic, social, religious, labor or industry organization whose membership affiliation is in line with his/her work or business.

The two National Winners will receive Php 25,000 each as cash prize. The two 1st Runners-up will each receive Php 20,000 while the 2nd Runners-up will get Php 15,000 each. 

Special award winners for Batang TESDA! TESDA Best! and Batang Technopreneur will each take home Php 25,000. 

Meanwhile, each regional winner will receive Php 5,000 in cash and all awardees will receive trophies and certificates of recognition.

Nominations for this year’s Search will be accepted until May 31, 2019, at all TESDA Provincial Offices.  Nomination forms are available from said offices.

TESDA also informs the public that the previous recipients of the following awards are no longer eligible to join the Search: National and Regional TESDA Idol; TESDA Best!; Batang TESDA; President Ramon Magsaysay Outstanding Filipino Worker(PRMOFW) Award; and Laang Bisig.  Employees of TESDA and TESDA Technology Institutes and their relatives up to the third degree of consanguinity or affinity also do not qualify for the search.