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TESDA sets 14-Point Reform and Development Agenda 
              Mamondiong announces programs for expanded and equal access to training
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General, Secretary Guiling ‘’Gene’’ A. Mamondiong today announced the agency‘s programs that it expects will result in poverty reduction and descent employment opportunities.

              In what he refers to as the ‘’TESDA 14-point Reform and Development Agenda ‘’ the following programs have been identified:
1. Barangay-based Scholarship Program; 2. On-line Scholarship Application; 3. Technical Audit of TVET Schools and Programs; 4. Skills Training for Drug Dependents; 5. Skills Training for Entrepreneurs and Family Enterprises; 6. Skills Training Program for Inmates and their Families; 7. Inclusive Training Program for Women; 8. Continuing Program for TESDA’s Alumni; 9. Global Access to/on-line database of TVET Graduates and Certified Workers; 10. Linkages with Agro-Industry; 11. Linkages with State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and Local Universities and Colleges (LUCs); 12. Linkages with Foreign Skills Training Institutions; 13. Transparency; and, 14.MoralRenewal.

               “We are confident that these programs will help empower our people to become more productive members of society.  These will give them opportunities through skills training that can either help them start a career or a new business venture,” said the TESDA Chief.

               Of the 14 programs, TESDA has already started the first phase of the Barangay-based Scholarship Program or “Barangay Kasanayan para sa Kabuhayan at Kapayapaan” (BKKK), having written to the heads of the more than 42,000 barangays in the country to gather data on the training programs that are most needed in their respected areas.

               “BKKK aims to give equal opportunity to our countrymen who have little access to skills training.  We intend to offer them programs that will directly respond to the skills requirements and employment opportunities in their localities,” added Sec. Mamondiong.

               The agency’s Chief said that particular attention will be given to the availability and adequacy of relevant training facilities, tools and equipment of all institutions offering tech-voc programs.

               Special skills training programs will also be given priority for drug dependents, inmates and women to empower them and expand their opportunities for social and economic development.
                According to Mamondiong, the 14-point agenda serves as the framework for designing programs that would cater specifically to the needs of identified groups such as: urban & rural poor, farmers, fisher folks, indigenous people (IPs), women, rebel returnees/combatants, drug dependents, repatriated OFWs, out-of-school youths (OSYs), micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), family enterprises, and local governmentunits(LGUs).

                lso has new campaigns conceptualized in line with the administration’s urgent call for the prevention of illegal drug use, massive skills training, and the reduction of red tape and corruption.  These include: introducing drug abuse prevention,TVET trainees; providing skills training and assessment to rehabilitated drug abuse victims and their immediate family members; streamlining of program registration, assessment and certification processes; incentives scheme to safeguard against anomalous and corrupt acitvities; and promoting efficiency, honesty and integrity.

               TESDA unveiled its “Two-pronged Direction of TESDA in Poverty Reduction” which repositions technical vocational education and training (TVET) towards a two-pronged strategy: TVET for global competitiveness and TVET for social equity.  Tech-voc training has contributed to both economic growth and social equity by providing productive and employable skills needed by industries, communities and individuals.  These are all aimed at developing a productive, world-class workforce to achieve sustainable inclusive growth.