October 17, 2007

COTABATO CITY – The autonomous region, optimistic of its aspirations in elevating the aptitude and capacity of its labor force, intensifies schemes that boost middle-level manpower to be globally competitive.

As forefront, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (TESDA-ARMM) facilitated 223 skills training in all component provinces of the region including the training center here.

The agency breached its 2007 target in the first 3 quarters of the year, training 7,330 workforce out of its 7,000 target beneficiaries. The 7,330 trained recipients do not include those of monitored trainings conducted by other line agencies and non-government organizations.

Executive Director Datu Omar Shariff L. Jaafar of TESDA-ARMM proudly presents the undertakings realized by his bureau in spite of limited resources. “These accomplishments are product of the regional government’s sincere effort to help the people in the community, schools and other fields to become skilled workers despite inadequate funds,” Jaafar exclaimed.

The trainings conducted is distributed to five (5) occupational areas: Community-Based Training (CBT), Community-Based Training and Enterprise Development (CBTED), Industry/Company-Based, Center-Based (CB) and School-Based (SB).

TESDA-ARMM conducted 90 trainings on CBT, 10 on CBTED, three (3) on Industry/Company-Based, 37 on CB and 65 on SB; a total of 205 trainings performed around the provincial training centers (PTC) while 18 skills training in the Manpower Training Center (MTC) in Cotabato City.

The agency also extends 47 Monitored Skills Training in the provinces of Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao with 1,517 beneficiaries.

“These are beneficiaries of our direct interventions, which also redound to the benefit of their immediate families,” Jaafar stressed.

The agency conducted Competency Assessment and Certification System (CACS) of training skills throughout the region and issued special orders to schools on Unified TVET Program Registration and Accreditation System (UTPRAS) and Certificate of Accreditation and Validation (CAV).

Nineteen accredited schools have registered their program offerings to the agency while 12 schools received orientations on Compliance Audit, Ocular Inspections and UTPRAS.

In addition, TESDA-ARMM provided career guidance and personal development to its program recipients.

The Skills Training Program provided by the agency was conducted in partnership with non-government organizations, associations, private institutions and local government units around the autonomous region. (bpi-armm)