Tech-voc grads

March 15, 2019

WITH millions of Filipinos still on the grip of poverty due to lack of quality jobs in the country, people now support government moves to meet the employment needs of the population.

President Duterte, in the view of many, is on the right track in signing Republic Act (RA) No. 11230, which seeks to strengthen the government’s technical-vocational (tech-voc) training program.

We share the view of well-meaning leaders that the country’s tech-voc program has proven to be a viable option for Filipinos, especially for those who want immediate employment.

In fact, seven out of 10 tech-voc graduates easily find decent jobs due to the high demand for skilled workers not only in the country but also abroad, according to Senator Joel Villanueva.

Before he was elected senator, Villanueva headed TESDA, which used to be known as the National Manpower and Youth Council, an attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment.

Otherwise known as the “Tulong Trabaho Act,” the new piece of legislation seeks to provide free access to Technical-Vocational Education and Training Programs (TVET).

Likewise, the law establishes a “Tulong Trabaho Fund,” which provides qualified recipients free access to TVET selected training programs (STPs) to be determined by the TESDA Board.

“Dahil sa mekanismo na nakalatag sa batas, garantisado po ang trabaho dahil paglalaanan ng pondo ang mga tech-voc program na akma sa pangangailangan ng ating mga industriya,” said Villanueva.

Now that President Duterte has signed the “Tulong Trabaho Act,” it will be up to the TESDA leadership to transform Filipinos, particularly the youth, into world-class skilled workers.

With retired three-star police Gen. Isidro S. Lapeña of Pangasinan at the helm of TESDA, the Filipino people expect the government to produce more highly-trained blue-collar workers.