DavOr advocacy for development gets support

TESDA together with Technical/vocational education sector commits to Gov. Malanyaon that they would embrace the vision of the provincial government for development by aligning offered trainings and programs to the peculiar needs of the province.

TESDA together with Technical/vocational education sector commits to Gov. Malanyaon that they would embrace the vision of the provincial government for development by aligning offered trainings and programs to the peculiar needs of the province.

City of Mati, Province of Davao Oriental (August 13, 2013) —  The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) together with the Technical Vocational Institutions (TVI) have thrown their full support behind the provincial government’s development agenda as they look at how the training sector can be a potent ally for development.

This was a commitment voiced by TESDA OIC- Provincial Director El Cid H. Castillo, on Tuesday, August 13 at the Provincial Capitol during their first committee meeting cum Administrators’ Conference, recognizing the provincial government’s prime role in steering development in the province as a whole.

He pointed out that in order to achieve the province’s targets for development; the vocational schools must also align their offered programs and trainings to the developmental thrusts of the provincial government.

Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon, who has been keen at tapping the active involvement of line agencies to the province’s programs, warmly welcomed TESDA’s support. She underscored the importance of customizing training school’s programs relevant to the peculiar needs and conditions of the province.

Citing the province as an agri-business, fisheries, and an emerging eco-tourism area, she encouraged vocational institutions to invest on trainings that would tap the province’s vast potentials, especially now that Davao Oriental has been declared a priority tourism development area through RA 10560.

While Governor Malanyaon aims to set all infrastructures, facilities, and other tourism amenities, she wants first to prepare the whole community before Davao Oriental is opened as a tourism destination in the country and to the rest of the world.

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Among the priority trainings identified apt to further develop are tour guiding, competencies in hospitality and customer relations, among many others, as the province anticipates the impending influx of tourists as soon as Davao Oriental is launched for eco-tourism.

Meanwhile, the demand for skilled workers such as carpenters, masons, and plumbers has increased as the need for massive shelter construction in the three typhoon hard-hit coastal towns in the province is a major priority of both the provincial and national government.

Given this scenario, TESDA committed at training more workers in support to the provincial government’s recovery and rehabilitation efforts coined as the Building Back Better Program. Castillo stressed the need to produce more graduates to address the need for more manpower, thus completing the required number of housing units on time.

But with the shortage of trainers available, Castillo is alarmed at the danger of not sufficing the needed supply of workers to be accommodated for training.

“If we want to respond to the needs of the province, the region, and our nation in terms of manpower skills development, we need to develop more competent trainers who will be our vehicle in meeting all these needs,” he said urging the institutions to invest not only on their programs but also on their people.

Castillo also encouraged the establishment of mobile van training—a facility that brings the programs closer to the farthest sitios whose residents could not afford to go everyday to school, thus promoting community-based training.

He said that as technical-vocational institutions, being responsive to the thrust of the provincial government is imperative which is based on the Provincial Development Investment Plan. These thrusts include the five major development themes, which are Poverty, Environment, Access to Infra-Utilities and Services, Public Order and Security and Governance. By Karen Lou Deloso, Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan

 

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