June 19, 2020
I am glad to be here today and sign the Memorandum of Agreement for the establishment of TESDA-Navotaas Training Institute.
On behalf of a grateful TESDA, I would like to send my sincerest gratitude to the City Government of Navotas, headed by Mayor Toby Tiangco – thank you for your support and cooperation in the establishment of this training institute in your city.
The realization of this project is crucial to achieving our goal of providing relevant, accessible, high quality and efficient technical education and skills development in order to produce high quality Filipino middle-level workforce.
Establishing a TESDA training centers in every province was among my early directives when President, Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte appointed me as TESDA Director General.
Why is this important? As we all say in TESDA, “Tesda Abot Lahat.” That is why TESDA must be present in every city and every province. We would like to reach out to everyone and make technical vocational education accessible.
So far, under my time, we have established 26 new training centers in various parts of the country. This is in addition to the 248 existing training centers we have in the country.
The establishment of TESDA-Navotaas Training Institute will definitely provide the people here greater access to quality skills training.
This training institute will offer more opportunities to acquire skills training on information and communication technology which we know would be very in-demand in the 4th Industrial Revolution and post COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Philippine Statistics Authority, the National Capital Region is remains the 2nd highest region with unemployment rate registered at 6.1% in April 2019 as against its 2018 records with 6.6%.
I believe that with this undertaking, we will be able to address the unemployment rate in the region by working together to achieve TESDA’s two-pronged strategies: to deliver TVET for global competitiveness and provide TVET for social equity and poverty reduction.
Let us all continue to work hard to realize the good outcomes we envision to achieve in the future. Our role is to empower our kababayans especially those who have less in life so they can be our partners in nation building.
I look forward to more collaboration with the city government of Navotas for the benefit of our kababayan.
Muli, maraming salamat at mabuhay!