March 27, 2022

Taguig City – The information and communication technology (ICT) sector in Davao Region is set to be further strengthened as the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) forged a partnership with local stakeholders there.

TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña and ICT Davao Inc. Executive Vice President and Metro Davao ICT Industry Board Authorized Representative Berlinda Torres signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) last March 10.

The partnership aims to further equip the workforce on IT-related skills including the need to skill, re-skill, and upskill workers in order to be responsive with the demands and opportunities in the ICT industry.

Under the agreement, TESDA shall facilitate the development of Training Regulations, Curricula, Assessment Tools, Expansion of Assessment and Certification Infrastructure and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Program Registration engaging the expertise of the Metro Davao ICT Industry Board.

For its part, the Metro Davao ICT Industry Board shall provide the necessary labor market information to TESDA in aid of policy and program decisions. It shall also lead and provide experts in analyzing forecasting skills need for skill development and conduct capability building interventions for trainers and assessors.

In his speech, Lapeña noted that TESDA has been intensifying its ties and linkages with the industry with the aim of increasing the participation of the private sector in human resource development.

He added that through industry partnerships, unemployment and job-skill mismatch in the area will be addressed.

“ICT is an emerging and fast-growing industry and is currently one of the most relevant sectors worldwide. With the help of our partners in the Metro Davao ICT Industry Board, we hope to develop relevant IT programs and produce even more highly qualified workers for the sector,” the TESDA Chief said.

Meanwhile, Torres expressed her gratitude to TESDA for the partnership and committed to work in pursuit of area-based and demand-driven technical vocational education and training (TVET).

“The Metro Davao ICT Industry Board’s main thrust is to address the urgent demand for workers in the ICT industry and the IT-BPM through upskilling and reskilling of its workforce in Region XI and hopefully some other regions too,” Torres said.

Also present during the virtual ceremony were TESDA Deputy Directors General Lina Sarmiento and Aniceto John Bertiz III, TESDA XI Regional Director Lorenzo Macapili, ICT Davao, Inc. President Samuel Matunog, and representatives from the ICT sector in the region. ###

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