Lapeña boosts efforts to make TESDA more efficient

July 2, 2019

TAGUIG CITY—Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Secretary Isidro ‘Sid’ Lapeña issued new TESDA orders laying down the updated Regional Leadership Map and creating the Internal Audit Service effective on July 1; and establishing the Interim Internal Affairs Service effective last June 28.

In a bid to ensure more efficient and effective operations on the ground, TESDA Order No. 376, Series of 2019 backs the reassignment of 35 Provincial Directors (PD) and 9 Regional Directors (RD), and designation of 11 acting provincial directors. While 36 other provincial directors and 7 regional directors retained their posts.

Only the RDs of National Capital Region (NCR), Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Region IV-B, IX, X, XI, and XII were not reassigned.

The reshuffling of posts was initiated by Secretary Lapeña to better the services on the ground in other areas of the country. Secretary Sid believes that utilizing the expertise of these directors—leaders on the ground of the agency—in other areas will effectively extend the ‘Abot Lahat’ service to Filipinos, especially to those in far-flung areas.

The Office of the Director General also based the reassignment on the performance of the directors, their expertise and experience, including the areas of jurisdiction.

In addition to this memorandum, two TESDA Orders created an Internal Audit Services (IAS) that will guarantee “efficient, effective, economical, and ethical operations” relating to management control and operations audit and an Interim Internal Affairs Service (IIAS) directly under the supervision of the Office of Director General that will look into the agency’s internal operations.

TESDA Order no. 388, Series of 2019 states that the IAS should advise the Director General on management and operational audit matters; conduct management and operations performance audit and determine the degree of compliance with the agency mandate, policies, government regulations, and other established standards and procedures;  review and appraises systems, process practices, and record of all TESDA  operating units; and analyze and evaluate management deficiencies and assist top management by recommending realistic courses of action.

The IIAS, on the other hand, is to perform the following functions to ensure effective and efficient internal operations: receive all complaints filed by government and non-government organizations and private stakeholders against employees of TESDA (except Presidential appointees), TVIs, Assessment Centers and Assessors duly accredited by TESDA; handle all disciplinary and non-disciplinary complaints; conduct case build on matters requiring further investigation; evaluate and assess the complaints received; prosecute administrative cases filed by the Director General; and recommend appropriate action to the Director General.

TESDA, under Secretary Lapeña’s supervision will continue to put forward quality and fast services for everyone as reflected by the current slogan of the agency, ‘Abot Lahat.’

These TESDA Orders are also in accordance with the Republic Act No. 11032, otherwise known as The Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Delivery of Government Services Act of 2018. 

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