TESDA Wooden Spoon, Taguig City August 8, 2019, 2:30PM

Good afternoon. 

I am happy that we are having this partnership that will help our farmer beneficiaries uplift their living condition.  

When I assumed as TESDA Secretary, my number one priority area for TESDA is the Agricultural Sector. In fact, I have directed our Regional and Provincial Directors to place as number one in our priority list for our scholarship program the Agriculture sector. This is because I believe that ensuring support for this sector is ensuring food security for our country.

This collaboration shows our recognition of the farmers as primary movers in the country's food production industry.

In TESDA, we adhere to provide relevant, accessible, high quality and efficient technical education and skills development to Filipinos, especially those who have limited access to skills enhancement opportunities.  And, we are happy to have partnership with DAR to channel this opportunity to our farmers. 

In line with the President’s directive that TESDA participate in the distribution of CLOA wherein TESDA provides the skills training to beneficiaries to maximize the productivity of the land awarded.

TESDA and DAR have already prior cooperation and this MOA signing will just institutionalized the said arrangements. The DAR already submitted to TESDA 1,600 DAR beneficiaries which were already endorsed to TESDA Regional Offices for action. Prior to this event, we have been implementing trainings, in collaboration with DAR Regional Offices.

The “DAR-TESDA partnership for sustainable living” is set to provide skills training scholarships for agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARB).  This aims to equip them with skills that will enable them to boost their farms’ productivity, and their economic participation and sustenance.

With this program, TESDA have allocated school and community-based scholarship programs for our ARBs in our various scholarship programs.

In our National Technical Education and Skills Development Plan 2018-2022, the farming sector was reported to have 34.4% poverty incidence rate in 2015. In 2017, the Philippine Statistics Authority has reported that farmers were still placed in the highest poverty incidence among basic sectors. As the National Government Agency in charge of capacitating Filipinos, we in TESDA, will work further to support the farming sector through our skills trainings and scholarships programs.
DAR has initiated projects for farmers before, such as ‘linking small holder farmers to markets’ or linksfarm, and farm business school. And this new partnership is another opportunity to give back to our farmers.

We certainly cannot leave the farming sector behind, especially now that we are experiencing digital advancements that can help them with sustainable production, marketing and distribution.

Once again, I thank DAR, for sharing this advocacy of empowering Filipino farmers. 

Let us join hands in supporting our Filipino farmers.

Muli, magandang hapon at maraming salamat!

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