October 03, 2023

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) continues to capacitate its personnel to develop more disability-inclusive and accessible technical vocational education and training programs.

The “Developing and Delivering an Inclusive and Accessible Technical-Vocational and Education and Training” was conducted in partnership with the International Labour Organization’s Skills for Prosperity Programme (ILO-SfP) in the Philippines last September 20-22, 2023.

37 personnel from the Central Office and Regional Offices were chosen to attend the capacity development sessions held at the Gabriela Silang Hall of the TESDA Women’s Center in Taguig City.

According to TESDA Secretary/Director General Suharto T. Mangudadatu, TVET programs play a pivotal role in equipping individuals with the skills and knowledge needed for gainful employment and career advancement.

“The barriers to participation and success faced by persons with disabilities as well as other underrepresented groups still exist. This training program is designed to address these challenges directly and promote a more inclusive and accessible TVET landscape,” said the Secretary.

The 3-day session has 4 modules: Understanding Inclusion and Marginalization, Accessible Learning Environment, Inclusive Training and Interaction, and Inclusive Policies and Programs led by representatives from the Project Inclusion Network.

“Providing more quality training programs that address the needs of persons with disability can play a crucial role in reducing the marginalization they experience, and lessening the socio-economic effects of their exclusion from the labor market,” added Secretary Suharto.

It can be recalled that among the 10-point Agenda of Secretary Suharto Mangudadatu are calls for prioritizing training initiatives that will help underserved groups to satisfy industry demands and lessen job-skill mismatches.

TESDA’s Deputy Director General for Special Concerns, Vidal Villanueva III, graced the opening ceremony of the capacity development sessions. On the other hand, the closing rites was attended by the ILO’s Country Director, Khalid Hassan.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations dedicated to promoting social justice and fair labor practices worldwide. ILO is committed to upholding the rights and integrating persons with disability into the workforce.

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