Tesda Director General visits MWOFRC

02 October 2016 – Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General Atty. Guiling Mamondiong said that the agency will assist in upgrading the quality of courses offered and the equipment used by the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur’s Migrant Workers and Other Filipinos Resource Center (MWOFRC) through assessment and certification of the Center’s courses and instructors.

He said this when he visited the MWORFC on September 29, where he saw the Center’s teaching areas and met some of its students and instructors.

Ambassador J. Eduardo Malaya, Labor Attache Elizabeth Marie Estrada and Third Secretary and Vice Consul Alvin Malasig welcomed Director General Mamondiong during the visit.

The assessment of the MWORFC’s courses and instructors is expected to be undertaken preferably before February 2017, during which the Center opens enrollment for its courses. Apart from serving as a halfway house for Filipinos in distress, the Embassy’s MWORFC also serves as a skills training center offering more than 20 courses, geared towards reintegration and as income source of Filipino nationals should they already decide to come home for good.

Before the visit at the Center, Director General Mamondiong and the 60-man Philippine delegation to the 11th ASEAN Skills Competition led by TESDA Executive Director Alan Talavera visited the Embassy.

The Philippine delegation won a gold courtesy of Mark Anthony Guiao for Mechanical Engineering, a silver from Joven Hagayan for IT Solutions for Business, five bronzes and seven medallions of excellence during the competition.

Out of 57 events, the Philippines participated in 12 events: Electrical Installation, Electronics, Graphic Design, Industrial Automation, IT Network Cabling, IT Network Systems Administration, IT Software Solution for Business, Mechanical Engineering Design CAD, Mechatronics, RAC, Web Design, and Welding. The delegation won distinctions in 10 events.

Ambassador Malaya lauded the delegation and extolled them to continue improving their skills, not just for earning a living, but also for personal development and uplifting the contribution of technical skills to national development.

“You represent the best that the Philippine technical skills have to offer, and the thought that you are competing at this level means that you have a skill set unique to others and are very much important to national development. We hope that your achievements that you gained this year would propel you to do better and maybe go higher at the next ASEAN Skills Competition,” Ambassador Malaya said.

For his part, Director General Mamondiong lauded the efforts of the delegation and hoped that they could top their performance in the next competition, which will be held in Singapore in 2018.

“In preparation for the next competition, we will have levels of competition from the provincial to the regional then to the national. This way, we are sure to be sending the best,” he said.

The TESDA Director-General also announced that those who garnered medals will be given cash gifts by President Rodrigo Duterte. Those who won gold medals will get PhP100,000, while those who got silver and bronze will receive PhP50,000 and PhP25,000, respectively. The competitors will also receive PhP10,000, also courtesy of the President.

The ASEAN Skills Competition is a five-day event which attracted some 280 young skilled workers from nine ASEAN member countries, competing in 57 events covering 22 occupational skills and two performance skills.

The biennial event provides an opportunity for the exchange of knowledge, expertise and experience among delegates from member countries. This “meeting of minds” is expected to synergize the individual efforts of member countries to enhance skills training and standards in the region.  END