By: Rey Anthony Chiu
TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol Aug 28 (PIA) – Bohol recently received a pat on the shoulder when it won the national Kabalikat Award for Local Government Units in recognition to its support for the country’s manpower development.
The award was for Bohol being an outstanding partner of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in manpower development as proven by the support in TESDA skills trainings, abilities, attitudes and values of trained blue collar workers in Bohol.
Governor Edgar Chatto broke the news Friday at the Kita ug ang Gobernador Friday adding that Bohol has been persistent with its support for the technical and vocational training.
He said the province knows that there is a great percentage of Boholanos students who could not finish high school, or who do not have the capacity to get to college, here the training equips them with work skills.
Speaking before the media and all Boholanos who were tuned in to their radios and internet facilities for the weekly program, Chatto said there is even a growing statistic of college students taking TESDA trainings because they could not land jobs.
Because of this, Bohol partnered with TESDA in funding training programs and more appropriate skills to match the workers with the job opportunities.
According to Dr. Francisca Opog, the Kabalikat Award is the highest that TESDA gives for best practices in partnership with TESDA.
Dr. Francisca Opog, Bohol TESDA chief said they didn’t expect the award, that the regional award which Bohol earlier capped was good enough.
Bohol earlier won the regional award as TESDA celebrated in August the Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) Month.
Chatto aso clarified that the Provincial Government of Bohol partnership with TESDA goes a long way and even beyond his administration.
One big TESDA job skills training which Bohol initiated was the Skills Training Advocating Reliance and Self-employment (STARS).
It offers free skills training for jobs that that will ultimately provide self-employment opportunities to capable and qualified individuals who are currently unemployed.
Project STARS specifically targets Boholanos in rural areas affected by insurgency.
Though the province has five provincial training centers, these are not enough to serve the skills training requirements and provide livelihood opportunities to 1.3 million Boholanos, thus STARS has to be cascaded to rural communities.
The end goal is to provide livelihood training and alleviate poverty by giving the people skills, TESDA sources said. (30)