The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Region 1 Office once again proves itself dedicated to its mission of “providing direction, policies, programs, and standards towards quality technical education and skills development” with its outstanding accomplishments for the year 2010.
Though the year had been heaving with challenges brought about by changes in national leadership and with the continuous demand for sacrifices and considerable adjustments particularly from institutions committed to public service, figures show how well TESDA Region 1 coped and surpassed expected performance.
TESDA’s primary mandate is to ensure the provision of high quality, accessible, and equitable Tek-Bok programs. Trainings are delivered through center/school-based, enterprise-based, and community-based modalities. TESDA Region I enrolled a total of 67, 454 trainees or 140.53% of enrolment target and graduated 62, 558 trainees, exceeding 37% of the total target of 45,608 graduates.
As of December 31, 2010, TESDA Region I has a total of 1441 registered programs distributed in 257 tech-voc providers region-wide. Of the total registered programs, 1390 or 96% are WTR programs while only 51 are NTR programs.
During the year, Certificates of Program Registration (CoPR) were awarded to 62 programs, 5 of which were migrated from NTR to WTR and from WTR to newly promulgated WTR.
Assessment and Certification
For CY 2010, the region accomplished a total of 36, 888 assessed individuals or 121.69% of the total target. Of the assessed, 31, 336 were certified posting a certification rate of 84.95%, which is 4.95% higher than the 80% certification target. The renewal of 30 competency assessment centers were facilitated during the year totaling
to an accumulated 63 accredited competency assessment centers for Region I. A total of 147 competency assessors were also re-accredited resulting to a total of 517 newly-accredited and re-accredited competency assessors regionwide as of December 31, 2010.
TESDA Region I implemented the Training-for-Work Scholarship Program (TWSP), Special Commitments to TESDA Partners, Cong. Ronald Singson I-CARE scholarship, Language Skills Institute and PESFA 2010 slots totaling to 15, 998 slots. The TWSP slots were all awarded to beneficiaries as of December 31, 2010. Other scholarship programs such as the Special Commitments, PESFA and the Singson/PDAF are continuously implemented until the onset of 2011. The LSI slots were implemented by the Regional Training Center in San Fernando City.
Through its strengthened TechVoc Graduates Tracking System, the agency ensures that its graduates find the job that matches the training they had. Region 1 was able to record 17,836 TVET graduates who have found employment. The number consists of graduates who are either wage- or self-employed.