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TESDA Lanao del Sur holds 2016 Annual TVET Forum

TESDA Deputy Director General Atty.
Pascua (center) receives the plaque of 
appreciation awarded to him by TESDA 
Lanao del Sur director Tarhata S. 
Mapandi. MNY
By MAS YAHYA and FRANK E. DOSDOS, JR.
Iligan City, Philippines
March 9, 2016

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) of Lanao del Sur held its 2016 Annual Technical-Vocational Education Training (TVET) Forum at Golden Pot Restaurant in Palao, this City, on May 8 and 9.


TESDA Provincial Director Tarhata Mapandi opened the affair by explaining to the participants that the Forum aims:

1) To update partners and stakeholders on TESDA programs;

2) to appreciate partners training intervention programs; and

3) to set collaborative partnership with other partners.

Partners like the two DepEd Divisions of Lanao del Sur presented their programs on implementing the K+12 Curriculum where Grades 11 and 12 mostly include skills training programs for students who cannot proceed to college.

Other private educational institutions also presented their programs in anticipation of admission of students to Grades 11 and 12.

The provincial office of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) also made its presentation on the services of the department toward entrepreneurs especially small and medium scale industries.

The important insights obtained by the participants are those given by TESDA Deputy Director General who stressed the importance of Technical-Vocational (Tech-Voc) Education and Training (TVET) that can truly make the individual employable after completion of the Course and obtaining an National Certification (NC I, NC II, NC III and NC IV).

He reminded that of those who enroll in K-1 some will not finish Grade VI; of those who finish Grade VI only few will finish Grade X; and of those enroll in Grade XI and finish Grade XII, even fewer go on to and finish College.

The main concern of TVET is how to make those who quit school become employable or productive, he stressed.

He emphasized that it is better for an individual to learn and become productive at an early age like the people in advanced countries like Japan.

They may continue with their studies while working even if they finish college after reaching over 30 years of age, he said.

According to him studies revealed that the average Filipino student finish college at 22 years old but the unemployment rate is high and average earnings of those employed are relatively low compared to those in countries where completion of college happen at a much later age.

However, he said that with TVET where graduates obtain Skills Proficiency Certification after completion of the Course, the National Human Capital Index is steadily increasing:

In 2013, the Philippines ranked 66th of 122 countries and in 2015, the rank rose to 46th of 124 countries.

In an interview with this writer after his message, Pascua repeated that it is important for K+12 to deal more on Tech-Voc.

He thinks that Tech-Voc is the only way to solve the problem of poverty in this country.

He also emphasized the importance of Tech-Voc on Agriculture for Food Security.

He laments that only very few students are now enrolling in Tech-Voc on Agriculture when the national population is rapidly growing and there are more and more mouths to feed.

He also mentioned that Child Labor should not be prohibited as long as it is voluntary.

The earlier the individual learn to work and earn, the better for him in the future.

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