TESDA, PCCI are raising the bar for skilled workers

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) are raising the bar and the employment potential of skilled workers.

"The PCCI is united with TESDA in its objective to create a pool of qualified, competent, and job-ready workforce to contribute to the productivity and sustainability of enterprises and to the employment generation and poverty reduction goals of the government," TESDA Director-General Guiling Mamondiong said in a press conference in Taguig City.

Part of the goal is to address the problem of unemployment in the country.

A three-year memorandum of agreement was signed on Tuesday, covering the PCCI-TESDA Tech Voc Project to promote technical vocational skills training.

"We are committing to produce more world-class workers and for them [PCCI] to match this with jobs and business opportunities," Mamondiong noted.

The agreement also calls for promoting and facilitating the Dual Training System (DTS) and help industries, enterprises, business chambers and trade associations promote and implement Technical-Vocational Education and Training programs

The DTS is an enterprise-based skills development approach with which participants learn alternately while working and in schools or training centers.

"We are making sure that business associations have the capacity to conduct trainings," PCCI-Human Resource Development Foundation Inc. President Alberto Fenix Jr. said in the same press conference.

"PCCI and TESDA are renewing this partnership towards developing a world-class workforce. Entrepreneurs and workers must be involved," Fenix noted.


— Ted Cordero/VS, GMA News