TESDA’s Job Bridging Program launched in Bohol
TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol April 29 (PIA) – Technical Education and Special Skills Development Authority (TESDA) launched its first provincial event Hanapbuhay para sa mga TESDA Specialista in Bohol last April 23 following a series of successful jobs fair in Metro Manila.
Hundreds of technical vocational graduates trooped to Bohol Cultural Center for the whole day fair.
TESDA director general Joel Villanueva graced the launching with TESDA-7 rtegional director Rosanna Urdaneta, Provincial director Francisca Opog and Governor Edgar Chatto.
Villanueva said the expansion of this Jobs Bridging Program aims to gather employers in the provinces to see how TESDA graduates can fit in their companies.
“Metro Manila does not have the lion’s share of the jobs. Many of these are also in the provinces and graduates can take their chance of getting employed,” Villanueva added.
“Graduates have act fast and grab the opportunity so they would not be idle long after graduation,” he added.
Villanueva said TESDA brought this program in Bohol because of the big support they received from the provincial government lead by Gov. Chatto, who is also a TESDA Kabalikat Awardee.
Gov. Chatto on his part thanked Villanueva for being very helpful to the province of Bohol that also accounts for the achievements of the province in totality in Partnership with other government agencies like TESDA.
Villanueva explained the slogan “SaTESDA May Chiice Ka” because one can work as a wage employee/employer or can work as a self-employed. There is also a choice to work abroad of just stay in the country.
Big firms and business groups in the province and its neighboring provinces took part in the program, namely: Alturas Group of Companies (Alturas Supermarket, island City Mall, Plaza Marcela, Marcela Farms), Bohol Quality Corporation, CYDEM, Dumaluan Beach Resort, Du Ek Sam, Bohol Tropics Resort, Save N’ Earn, JJ’s Dimsum, JJ’s Seafood Village, Reynas the Haven Resort and Restaurant, Water Paradise Resort, Dranix, Cebu Mitsumi, Aegis People Support, Teletech Dumaguete, Stream Global Services and Convergys.
Among the in-demand jobs in Bohol include those for call center agent, massage therapist, graphic art designer, draftsman, barista, bartender, medical transcription, barber and hairdresser, security guard, cook, baker, computer technician, driver, mechanic, electrician, housekeeping worker, mason, Heavy equipment operator, software developer, waiter, bookkeeper and welder
For 2012, TESDA has given out 2,542 scholarship vouchers worth P15.4 million.
Techanical vocational education and training boasts of remarkable record in the province exceeding its target graduates of 31,774. For 2012, total graduates registered at 35,590 (ECB)