TESDA upskills PH team for int’l skills tilt in Russia

August 2, 2019

TAGUIG CITY – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has been actively preparing the members of the Philippines team set to join the WorldSkills competition in Kazan, Russia on August 22 to 27.

The intensive training and coaching were conducted for five months starting in February while the mock training is still ongoing.

WorldSkills movement holds international competition to recognize skilled people and raise awareness on how important skills are in achieving economic growth and personal success.

In line with TESDA’s mandate of providing the necessary trainings for the international competition of the skilled professionals of the country under Republic Act 7796, the agency conducted intensive training for the participants of WorldSkills Kazan 2019 to upgrade knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes.

Representing the country in the international tilt are the Filipino medalists that emerged in last year’s ASEAN Skills Competition.  

Among the members of “Team Pilipinas” are Patrick Neil Noceja from Biñan City for Web Design Technologies; Leonido Lomoljo from Zamboanga Del Sur for Refrigeration and Airconditioning; Marc Dave Perez from Batangas City for Restaurant Service; John Jay Abinal from Camarines Sur for Electrical Installation and Maintenance; John Leonard Ramos from Dagupan City for Hairdressing; Anthony Cabigayan from San Fernando Pampanga for IT Software Solutions for Business; Ramon Bong Bautista from Lubao Pampanga for Graphic Design Technology; Joeminel Cutcharo from Tacloban, Leyte for Automobile Technology; and Chjohnne Ma. Jesus Caliwara and Vincent Bryce Garcia from Quezon City for Cyber Security.

TESDA also exposed the competitors to various models of quality technical education available in the country and enabled them to experience the actual scenarios, as appropriate to their specific skills areas through the help and support of private industry partners, in compliance with the vision of the National Technical Education and Skills Development Plan (NTESDP) of a vibrant quality technical vocational education and training (TVET).

TESDA Secretary Isidro “Sid” Lapeña noted that TESDA has been providing the necessary training and support to ensure the readiness of the ten competitors. 

Aside from the training for their specific skill areas, competitors also underwent capacity building, values enhancement, and language skills training.

The TESDA chief emphasized that the skills upgrading done by the agency is necessary for the competitors to pass the 100% preparedness pre-qualification requirement of World Skills International.

“TESDA supports the competitors in their aim to bring pride to the country as it will help us raise awareness of the quality of education offered by our agency. This will also help promote the profile of our certified skilled professionals in both national and international arena,” Lapeña said.

The WorldSkills competition will bring out the best-skilled professionals in fifty-six (56) skills. The participants are competing against the international standards set by the organization rather than competing in each other’s competencies.

WorldSkills is participated by 63 member countries with more than 1,300 competitors. The Philippines joined the World Skills International in 1994.

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