Multi-Purpose Covered Court, TESDA Complex, Taguig City
August 30, 2017

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte commended the efforts and achievements of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) during its 23rd anniversary celebration at the Multi-Purpose Covered Court of TESDA Complex in Taguig City.

“TESDA Secretary Guiling Mamondiong, you are doing a great job. Wala akong masabi… Alam ko ‘yung TESDA is really hanapbuhay. And ‘Gui’ Mamondiong has perfected the formula on that. It’s the encompassing one this time. More encompassing than what was done in previous years,” the President said.

During the celebration, TESDA Secretary Guiling Mamondiong presented the latest accomplishments and programs of the agency such as the nationwide skills mapping and skills training to drug dependents and prisoners.

“We conducted skills mapping in the country’s 40,000 barangays to determine the type of skills training needed in the community level under the Barangay Kasanayan Para sa Kabuhayan at Kapayapaan. Of the 23,350 barangays that responded to us, we received from their barangay chairmen 854,520 applicants for skills training,” Secretary Mamondiong said.

He added that currently, TESDA has a total of 957,545 applicants for skills training. Furthermore, the Secretary reported that TESDA is drug-free after conducting a drug test to its employees.

“We want the President and the whole country to know that TESDA fully upholds this administration’s stance against drugs and corruption. We will not tolerate these cancers of society and will exert all efforts to help eradicate them,” he explained.

TESDA Deputy Director General Undersecretary Rosanna Urdaneta lauded the President’s effort in making education accessible to all by signing the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act that entails free tuition in state colleges and universities.

“We have seen a country transformed when its human resources are given importance and given access to education and training. This is how the President envisions this country to move forward and to be free from the shackles of poverty that has long plagued many of our brothers and sisters because of lack of education. Education is a great equalizer and this is the primary reason why the President signed the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act,” she said.