TESDA chief admits lack of funds for participants to ASEAN skills event

March 29, 2012 10:24 pm 

MANILA, March 29 — Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General Joel Villanueva on Thursday admitted they lack funds to sponsor the 36 competitors in the 9th ASEAN Skills competition in Jakarta, Indonesia in November.

"It's not part of our budget right now. Pinag-aaralan pa natin 'yan," Villanueva told reporters.

"It's costly and the cost depends on what trade areas we're going to participate," he added.

Last year, Villanueva issued a memorandum that called for the revival of the regional skills competition.

"We wanted to make sure that we comply with our Charter because the skills competition is part of our mandate," he said.

He said they are urging the private sector to shoulder the expenses of the participants.

"We're dead serious in looking for partners in the private sector who could help us on this," he said.

The event is dubbed as the Olympics of technical education skills.

The participants are chosen from the winners of the just-concluded Philippine National Skills Competition. (PNA) DCT/jmc

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