TESDA chief Caraga aims for medals in national skills competitions

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur (MindaNews/September 13) – The top official of the Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) of the Caraga region expects the nine champions of the 2022 regional skills competition to also collect medals at the national competition in December this year.

Instead of cutting a ribbon, TESDA Caraga Regional Manager Tarhata Mapandi cuts a metal chain with an acetylene welding gadget on September 7 to officially open the three-day Caraga 2022 Regional Skills Competition at the Agusan del Sur School of Arts and Commerce. Photo courtesy of TESDA Caraga

Tarhata Mapandi, Regional Director of TESDA Caraga, expressed confidence that the nine gold medal winners of the recently concluded regional skills competition in the various fields will also win medals in the Philippine National Skills Competition (PNSC) or even on the World Scene.

“We can compete. I expect medals. This is my plea. I’m competitive and I don’t want Caraga to be left behind. This is my vision,” Mapandi said in a neutral tone during a press conference with local media at the Agusan del Sur School of Arts and Commerce competition venue.

Last year, TESDA Caraga sent only three young competitors, yet one won a bronze medal in electrical installations.

The nine hopefuls in the national competitions will be in baking, carpentry, cooking, electrical installations, graphic design technology, computer software solutions for businesses, catering service, web technologies and welding.

Mapandi said the nine were only halfway through the 21 skills competition, but at least a 300% increase from last year.

A welding competitor shows off his skills during the Caraga Regional Skills Competition September 7-9, 2022 organized by TESDA Caraga. Photo courtesy of TESDA Caraga

Among Caraga’s bets are Elemia Jamaica of Agusan del Norte for the bakery, David Gilbero of Surigao del Norte for the carpentry, Jean Andohoyan of Agusan del Norte for the kitchen, Daryll Lamberto of Agusan del Sur for the electrical installations, Leonard Joseph Tomalon of Surigao del Sur for Graphic Design Technology, Blanns Lapening of Surigao del Sur for Business IT Software Solutions, Abegail Mira of Surigao del Sur for Restaurant Service, John Vincent Roda for Web Technologies and Ronel Ibojo of Agusan del Sur for welding.

The head of TESDA Caraga said that one of the advantages of participating in national competitions is that large companies will hire them on the spot offering well-paid jobs.

Last year, more than 400 young talents participated in 39 business areas to compete for a place to represent the Philippines in the international skills competition.

Competitors challenge each other in carpentry, fashion technology, information network cabling, and landscaping, to name a few.

Among the skill areas of PNSC 2021 were mechanical engineering, CAD, electronics, mechatronics, welding and prototype modeling for the manufacturing and engineering technology sector, and 3D digital game art. , fashion technology and graphic design technology for creative arts and fashion. sector.

Also included are beauty care, hairdressing, cooking, catering services, bakery, hotel reception for social and personal assistance, and automotive technologies for transportation and logistics. (Chris V. Panganiban/MindaNews)

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