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Thursday, September 10, 2015

TAGBILARAN CITY, Sept 9 (PIA)--As much as the government would wish to set up more technical vocational training centers to help equip its workable labor force, the devolution of these tasks has technically kept its hands off what must have been a perfect thing to do. 

Thus said Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) secretary Joel Villanueva, whose heading the technical-vocational trainings have reaped for the country's trained labor force its highest employment ratings at 71% of their graduates. 

Asked for the plans to further cause more jobs through free government training scholarships with the already positive numbers of jobs generated from their TESDA scholarship graduates, Villanueva, who himself is a certified food and beverage barista bared of the charter prohibition for building more government training centers. 
"TESDA charter prohibits us from setting up more training centers as these have been devolved to the local government units," Villanueva revealed during a press conference attended by private operators of technical vocational institutions in Bohol. 

The barrista son of a popular television evangelist however bemoaned whot has become of some training centers which TESDA has devolved to local government units. 

"It is sad that not all LGUS are ready to accept the training centers, as they are hard to maintain," he pointed out. 

The devolution however allowed private investors to put up technical vocational institutions (TVI) to help the government cope up with its quota of training for work.

Villanueva pointed out that the new set-up: LGU training centers and TVIs all over the country has helped TESDA train for some 8 million scholar ship applicants, graduating 7.2 million of then and pegging some new 930 thousand workers now. 

We are glad that we are seeing more private training centers, because with the K12 program, we would need about 800 thousand certified trainors to handle senior high school, he said. 

The TESDA director general, who is at the peak of keeping trained workers be at par with their Asian counterparts, think that the ASEAN integration would be a great opportunity for local workers to slip through jobs in the Asian labor market. 

With that in mind, TESDA said the government now puts up P2 billion funds for Training for Work Scholarship program, compared to the P700 million budget allocated earlier. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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