MANILA — The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) on Monday gave recognition to the Filipino team who participated in the 11th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Skills Competition (ASC) held last September 19-29 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
A biennial event, the ASC is said to be the biggest vocational education and skills competition aimed at promoting further development of TVET (technical-vocational education training). It also fosters technical cooperation among member countries, and encourages close cooperation among TVET stakeholders.
Mark Anthony Guiao from Central Luzon won the gold medal in Mechanical Engineering Design – Computer Aided Design.
Joven Hayagan from Bicol was awarded a silver medal in IT Software Solution for Business (ITSSB) category.
Bronze medals were bagged by John Louie Pioquinto (Refrigeration and Air Conditioning [RAC]), John Harris Soriano (Electronics), Gelmar Coniendo and Junnel Cagampang (Mechatronics); and Jelanie Dimacaling (Web Design).
Other participants who got Medallions of Excellence for their respective competition areas were: Rommel Florita (Welding), Allen Jay Desamparado (ITSSB), Shane Gabriel Macapagal (Graphics Design Technology), Tristan Joseph Amargo (IT Network Systems Administration), Arbethnel Ilagan (RAC) and Arianne Liwag and Dan Kervin Del Mundo (Industrial Automation).
In an interview with the Philippines News Agency, Mamondiong said TESDA has partnered with enterprises and technical division schools in providing training for the Philippine team, which was composed of 24 competitors and their coaches.
The team was formed through a strict selection process which included the Philippine National Skills Competition (PNSC), and a series of “Gold Camps” where the successful PNSC winners and their respective coaches underwent skills enhancement exercises and psychological, physical and emotional conditioning.
Mamondiong admitted that the training, which he said only lasted for about four months, is not enough.
“Training should be at least one year, but we didn’t have time,” he said, adding that people have been busy last elections so allotting time for the training was something quite neglected.
The TESDA chief also lamented that the country’s equipment are old, compared to the upgraded/high-end equipment in Kuala Lumpur.
“We will address that by next year,” Mamondiong noted. He also cited that TESDA will focus on training those in the provinces/regions as preparation for the next two ASCs, which he said will be held in Dubai and in Bangkok.
Meanwhile, TESDA has provided cash prizes to the winners.
Mamondiong said the agency has allotted Php100,000 for the gold medalist, Php50,000 to the silver medalist, Php25,000 for bronze m
edalists, and Php10,000 for those who got Medallions of Excellence.
For her part, TESDA Deputy Director General Rosanna Urdaneta highlighted that the agency needs to make sure it raises its standing in the ASEAN.
“It’s not everyday that we get a lot of medals. It’s a national responsibility that we should know what national skills competition is all about,” she added. PNA-northboundasia.com