Aquino cites gov't commitment to create more economic opportunities for Filipinos

February 10, 2012 11:00 pm 

MANILA, Feb. 10 — President Benigno S. Aquino III said that the government remains committed to pursue its efforts in creating more economic opportunities for the Filipino people as expressed in the priority programs of his administration, including the continuous training and skills development of the citizenry.

In keynoting the launching of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Specialista Technopreneurship Program (TSTP) at the TESDA Auditorium, TESDA Complex along East Service Road in Taguig City on Friday, President Aquino reiterated that the government was mandated to hone the innate skills and talents of the Filipino citizenry which, he said, could lead not only to a better standard of living but also to a progressive and developed national economy.

“Simula’t sapul pa lang ng ating panunungkulan prayoridad na ng ating gobyerno ang paglikha ng mga trabaho at palawakin pa ang mga oportunidad para sa mas nakararami,” the President said.

“Malinaw ang ating naging mandato… linangin ang kakayahan ng mga Pilipino at tanggalin ang mga hadlang upang matamasa nila ang maayos na pamumuhay. Alam natin na magbubunga ng mabuti ang paglilingkod sa mas nangangailangan dahil ang pagtaas ng antas ng kanilang pamumuhay ay siya ring pagtaas ng kumpyansa ng Pilipinas na umusad sa tunay na kaunlaran,” he added.

The President expressed full trust and confidence in the leadership of TESDA Director-General Joel Villanueva as he thanked him for the efforts in effecting reforms in the agency in order to achieve inclusive growth for the people.

“Tiwala tayo sa liderato ni Secretary Villanueva… walang ‘wang-wang’ sa TESDA, walang manglalamang at walang perang mapupunta sa mga walang kabuluhang programa. Nagpapasalamat po tayo sa TESDA sa pagtupad nito sa panata natin sa taumbayan — walang maiiwan sa pag-unlad,” President Aquino said.

Based on the impact evaluation studies conducted last year, the President said, almost 61 per cent of those who graduated in the technical, vocational and educational training of TESDA are now earning through their respective jobs.

He added that the government is focusing on providing more jobs for the remaining 39 per cent. “Thirty-nine per cent po ang dadagdagan natin ng pansin para may makakuha na rin sila nang mga trabaho…” the President noted.

The Chief Executive, assisted by Villanueva, distributed tool kits to the selected eight TESDA “Specialistas” from the National Capital Region, Region 3 and Region 7.

President Aquino also said the government had allocated a total of P500 million under the economic stimulus program for the training of some 65,000 individuals in preparation for their possible employment in the business process outsourcing sector (BPO).

The TESDA Specialista Technopreneurship Program (TSTP) is one of TESDA’s responses to the goal of the government to achieve inclusive growth as embodied in the Labor and Employment Plan and National Technical Education and Skills Development (NTESDP) 2011-2016.

It is designed to facilitate employment for certified workers/persons to get into productive undertakings through the provision of services in demand in the community.

TPSP shall develop a pool of trained and certified TESDA Specialistas who will respond to the demand for services by the households and the immediate communities.

Present during the event were other government officials led by Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” B. Coloma Jr., Education Secretary Armin Luistro, Commission on Higher Education Secretary Patricia Licuanan, and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation Chairman Cristino Naguiat.

Taguig City Mayor Laarni Cayetano, Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, Victoria Tarlac Mayor Candido Guiam III, Oriental Mindoro Representative Rey Umali and Manila Representative Carlo Lopez also graced the occasion.

In the same event, the President also witnessed the awarding of ISO 9001-2008 Certificate to TESDA.

Villanueva received the award from Mr. Chia Jen, general manager of the TUV-SUD PSB Malaysia, a service provider for a comprehensive and integrated suite of product testing, inspection and certification services. Its operation in the Philippines was set up more than 11 years ago with the aim of helping companies achieve business excellence. (PNA) RMA/PCOO/ssc

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