Wed. Jun 23rd, 2021

MANILA — Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go has on Tuesday urged the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to reinforce their programs in the provinces and make them attuned and updated to the changing business requirements in the countryside.

“Pagbalik ng mga tao sa probinsya pagkatapos ng krisis, siguraduhin dapat ng mga ahensya ng gobyerno na may mga programang nakahanda para sa kabuhayan nila,” Sen. Go said with his Balik-Probinsya program in mind.

The Senator also urged TESDA to coordinate its efforts and collaborate with various government agencies, such as the Department of Trade and Industry and the National Economic and Development Authority as well as the local government units, to match the skills with the jobs that will be made available in the provinces under the Balik-Probinsya program.

“This is to ensure that the technical and vocational education as well as the skills trainings offered in a particular province match with what is needed in that locality,” Go said.

 “Naaayon rin ang klase ng kabuhayan sa katangian ng isang probinsya.  Halimbawa, doon sa Mindanao, merong mga probinsya na malakas ang agri-industrial sector. Meron namang probinsya na mas akma sa kanila ang fisheries. Kaya mahalaga na ang binibigay na training ay tugma din sa kung ano ang negosyong maaaring lumago sa lugar na iyon,” Go added.

“Inaasahan din nating magkakaroon ng mga bagong special economic zones sa iba’t ibang parte ng bansa kung kaya’t dapat lang na ihanda na ang mga tao sa lugar na iyon para maging kwalipikado sila sa mga trabahong magiging available,” the former Special Assistant to the President said.

As the country’s main agency tasked to manage and supervise the technical education and skills development of Filipinos, one of the mandates of TESDA is to integrate, coordinate and monitor skills development programs in different parts of the country.

In one of the meetings held for the Balik Probinsya Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) Program, TESDA indicated that they are aligning their programs and enhancing courses in agriculture, health and construction. 

Many economists believe that these are the sectors that are expected to bounce back much faster than other industries right after overcoming the Covid-19 outbreak.

In a statement through a radio interview, TESDA-NCR regional director Florencio Sunico said that they will do a thorough profiling of workers and industries to help the government in properly assisting Filipinos going back to the provinces as the BP2 Program is set to be implemented.

As the main proponent of this initiative, Go sees the BP2 Program is a way to decongest Manila, strengthen the capability of government to respond better to crises, and boost the economy of the provinces.

Among the regions in the country, Metro Manila is the hardest hit by the coronavirus disease with at least 7,000 cases out of the more than 11K COVID-19 infections.

“Hindi po ito sapilitan. Unahin dapat ang mga kababayan nating nais na bumalik sa kanilang mga probinsya at tulungan dapat sila ng gobyerno na makakuha ng trabaho o magkaroon ng mas maayos na kabuhayan,” Go said adding that the program aims to give Filipinos hope for a better future after the Covid-19 crisis. (ia/SovereignPH.com)

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