July 18, 2018: ***DA Sec. Manny Pinol with Gov. Edgar Chatto, Vice Gov. Dionisio Balite, DA-7 RD Atty. Salvador Diputado and Talibon Mayor Restituto Auxtero led the launching of the 7th National Rice Technology Forum in Talibon town today. The forum highlights farming technology that allows farmers to be at the field to evaluate, assess and appreciate existing technology during the farming season with the aim to increase production and lower cost. ***DA Sec. Manny Pinol reiterated commitment to address high fish price by introducing more fish to Bohol market in the short term financing for fisherfolk, fish farming and cold storage facilities. ***DA Sec. Manny Pinol is guest at today's blessing and turnover of 55 fiberglass reinforced plastic pump boats with accessories in Loon town. The 55 boats will be distributed to beneficiaries in 31 coastal barangays of Loon which is part of the P2-M prize of the LGU for being among first 10 to register under Fish Registration (FishR) program of BFAR. ***Gov. Edgar Chatto and DA Sec. Manny Piñol led the ribbon cutting rites to open the Agri-Fair 2018 at the Bohol APC Grounds. The fair will run until July 21, 2018.

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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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