June 19, 2020 | Virtual Meeting Via Google Meet

Magandang umaga!

The three months that have passed were full of uncertainties caused by the sudden and far-reaching effects of the covid-19 pandemic.

I would say that the education sector is among the various sectors badly affected by the pandemic.  The quarantines and restrictions have disrupted the way we do work, especially the manner we deliver our training program. 
However, now that we have the time to re-examine our strategies, and have accepted the new normal that has become our present environment, moving forward must be our priority.

This conference then comes at a very significant time.

The next few hours should allow us to discuss the issues and concerns in the implementation of flexible learning.  I am sure that most if not all of you are already acquainted with the delivery modes outlined in TESDA Circular No. 062 or the Guidelines in Implementing Flexible Learning in TVET, issued last May 19, 2020.  

The challenge then lies in implementing these in the context of local conditions, the availability of materials, and the status of communications infrastructure.  It is quite clear that we still need to improve our competency based learning materials with the start of our flexible learning modes implementation.

The conference shall likewise allow us to come up with continuity plans to ensure that our programs in previously identified priority sectors remain relevant, and that they are sustainable, given the changes in socio-economic environment.  

This shall also give us an opportunity to consider any needed investments in learning-delivery resources, and any possible improvements in physical facilities that we must conduct.

At the height of the community quarantines, as we were producing and distributing PPEs, food packs and farm products, it became clear that TESDA’s initiatives on food security are very much justified.  

During this conference, we shall have a session that will lead to formalizing a curriculum on mini-integrated organic farming.  I am confident that with this, we shall be more prepared for similar crises in the future.

Finally, we shall also give more focus on technology research.  This virus is a wake-up call for everyone. It is still not certain if and when it will go away, and the best that we can do is to be prepared and resilient, and continue doing our work as best as we can.

TESDA must continue to lead the way for Philippine TVET.  With you as the agency’s implementing arm, and our partners in industry to lend us support, we shall be able to weather this storm.

I look forward to today’s conference and what we shall accomplish afterwards.  Maraming salamat at mabuhay po tayong lahat.

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