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284 delegates gather on 12th Mindanao HRSD confab

Some 284 representatives from technical and vocational institutions (TVIs) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) regional offices from six regions in Mindanao recently participated on the 12th Mindanao Human Resource and Skills Development (HRSD) Conference held on October 9-11, 2013 at Grand Men Seng Hotel and Restaurant, Davao City.

The 12th HRSD was jointly sponsored by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Region XI, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Association of Region XI, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region XI in partnership with Project 5O Training Center Davao, Joji Ilagan Career Center Foundation, Inc., University of Mindanao, Davao Doctor’s College, Philippine College of Technology, Davao Central College, EMAR Human and Environmental College, and DMMA College of Southern Philippines.

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Activity organizers bared that number of delegates who topped is region 11 (Davao) with 93 delegates followed by region 12 (SOCCSKSARGEN) with 64 participants; region 13 (Caraga) with 55 participants; region 10 (Northern Mindanao) with 42 participants; region 9 (Zamboanga peninsula) with 29 participants; and ARMM with 1 participant.

MinTVET President Irene L. Floro in her opening message was very thankful for the active participation of all TVIs in Mindanao especially to the delegates from region 9 who join the conference despite the conflict in Zamboanga City. She called for a “Bayanihan” donation to help the people in Zamboanga who affected by war and flood.

Floro said that amidst natural disaster, conflict and fear in the locality including competition, the TVIs should participate to MinTVET program relative to “people resources and its development” as embedded in the TVET master plan.

“I encourage everyone to deepen the understanding of the cultural diversity since it plays critical role in development in Mindanao. The MinTVET has significant role to economic sustainability,” she said.

Lourdes M. Mission, the conference chair bared that the 12th HRSD was supposedly be held at ARMM as declared during the 11th HRSD held at Cagayan de Oro last year. But due to some unexpected circumstances, the Region XI TVET Association bid for the conference which preparation made for only few months.

“We can’t afford to miss the HRDS conference for this year, thus the TVET region 11 in cooperation with TESDA region 11 and other TVIs and government partners in Davao bid for this year’s conference,” she said.

TESDA Deputy Director General for Field Operations Atty. Teodoro C. Pascua, the keynote speaker of the event encouraged the Mindanao TVIs to take the lead in bringing the substantial issues to the policy maker for the TVET program development and make “MinTVET with purpose”.

Pascua bared that “there is no other technical-vocational associations in the Philippines except the MinTVET. There is no TVET in Luzon or in Visayas but only in Mindanao. The MinTVET is the first regional TVET accredited organization in the country,” he declared.

While there are significant economic developments in the country, Pascua also bared significant events especially the recent pork barrel scam, the war, political bickering, non-values shows in some social media he believed can damage the Philippine image. With this, he urge everyone for the “restoration of the nation’s dignity and honor” that the country has achieved.

“May our best visions and desires for the next generation continue to inspire us to sustain the march we have began and direct the development of our regions in Mindanao to be in sync with the general development goals of the country,” Pascua added.

With the theme “TESD: Sustaining the Gains of Peace and Development in Mindanao”, the 12th HRSD conference tackled on recognizing the active role of TVET in addressing unemployment and underemployment through integration of skills in global economy, in ASEAN and APEC nations; TVET role in promotion of cultural and development in Mindanao through transmission or transfer of skills, knowledge and right attitude within the cultures and generations while fostering human development for peace in Mindanao and its universal dimension; and recognizing new developments and challenges in building knowledge society, effects in rapid pace in information and technologies, implications of demographic and workplace trends, and mergence of demands for new and higher-level TVET skills in the light of K to 12 and understanding the need to expand  and improve quality in TVET. (Johny S. Natad)

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