TESDA chief seeks probe on fake skills certificates

MANILA — Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General Guiling Mamondiong has asked the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate the syndicate behind the production of fake National Certificate (NC) and Certificate of Competency (COC), which are both being issued by the agency.

The NC is given to those who finish a course or pass the TESDA assessment after they have completed their skills training, while the COC is given to those who cannot avail of the NC.

Mamondiong emphasized that he is extremely concerned about the distribution of fake certificates nationwide because it ruins the image and credibility of TESDA.

Reports reaching the agency said that a syndicate is behind the production of fake certificates being sold to the public who eventually use them in applying for jobs.

Mamondiong also warned the public against the distribution of fake certificates and those who patronize them, and stressed that it is against the law.

Appropriate charges will be filed against those who will be arrested if they will be found guilty of their involvement in the fake production of TESDA certificates, the agency said on Sunday.

Mamondiong has instructed all TESDA provincial and regional offices to conduct a similar investigation on fake certificates.

Meanwhile, Mamondiong noted that he was surprised to see the fake certificates because the material used in the production is a security paper from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

TESDA encourages the public to inform the agency of anyone involved in the production of fake certificates so authorities could arrest and file charges against them.

Also, TESDA is now looking for measures on how to prevent the syndicates from faking the certificates.

The TESDA chief also encourages the public to visit the TESDA website, www.tesda.gov.ph to check if the person has acquired the agency’s certificates. PNA-northboundasia.com