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TESDA LDS trains 837 individuals

TESDA Provincial Director Tarhata 
Mapandi in a file photo. RSO

MARAWI CITY – Provincial Director Tarhata S. Mapandi of the Lanao del Sur Provincial Office of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) disclosed last week that the Provincial TESDA Office has trained 837 individuals in various courses as of May 31, 2016.

“These include 624 females and 213 males,” she said.

Director Mapandi said out of the 898 enrolled, only 837 graduated from the various technical education and skills trainings which is way below its target of 6,000 trainees.

She said the graduates come from center-based (359), school-based (23) and community based (455) trainings. She said the provincial TESDA office covers 39 towns with 2 districts and about 800,000 voters.

She said the trainings include: carpentry, masonry, dressmaking, repair, therapy, food and beverages, computer repair services, and agricultural crop production, among others.

Mapandi said the low output compared to the target is basically due to the elections, Ramadhan and line communications with the local government units. She said most of the LGUs have not yet completed their bottom up budgeting process (BUB ) to determine their training needs.

She said most of the time, the provincial TESDA office meets its target. She said the TESDA office is now implementing catch-up plans to reach the office target goal.

Director Mapandi, who is also the representative of the Provincial Quality Management Committee (PQMC), said the provincial TESDA office is backed up by the Finance and Administrative Division with five (5) personnel, the Provincial Operations Division with four (4) personnel, and the Provincial/City Manpower Development Center with three (3) personnel.

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) was established through the enactment of Republic Act No. 7796, otherwise known as the Technical Education and Skills Development Act of 1994. This Act aims to encourage the full participation of and mobilize the industry, labor, local government units, and technical-vocational institutions in the skills development of the country’s human resources.

The merging of the National Manpower Youth Council (NMRC) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Bureau of Technical and Vocational Education (BTVE) of the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS), and the Apprenticeship Program of the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) of the DOLE gave birth to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

TESDA is mandated to: 1. Integrate, coordinate and monitor skills development programs; 2. Restructure efforts to promote and develop middle-level manpower; 3. Approve skills standards and tests; 4. Develop an accreditation system for institutions involved in middle-level manpower development; 5. Fund programs and projects for technical education and skills development; and 6. Assist trainer’s training programs.

Overall, TESDA formulates manpower and skills plans, set appropriate skills standards and tests, coordinates and monitors manpower policies and programs, provides policy directions, and guidelines for resource allocation for the TVET institutions, in both the private and public sectors.

Today, TESDA has evolved into and organization that is responsive, effective and efficient in delivering myriad services to its clients. To accomplish its multi-pronged mission, the TESDA Board has been formulating policies and programs geared towards yielding the highest impact on manpower development in various areas industry, sectors, and institutions.

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