Quezon City 5th District Representative Alfred Vargas has called on the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to reform its vocational training programs to align them with President-elect Ferdinand’s target industries” Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
“We need to align the needs of key industries like manufacturing, agriculture and tourism with the level of skills and training of workers. These industries are important to the new administration’s goal of addressing unemployment and underemployment issues caused by the pandemic and revitalizing the economy,” Vargas said in a statement Sunday, June 12.
Vargas proposed that TESDA could partner with schools, local government units (LGUs) and the private sector to provide vocational training and even employment opportunities.
“As the economy opens up, we have more Filipinos looking for jobs, but who may not have the skills required by employers. Through multi-sector partnerships at the LGU level, we we can identify the skills needed locally, revamp training programs and provide immediate employment,” the solon continued.
He further cited the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) study which found that 99.5% of businesses in the country were Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and that these MSMEs generated 63% jobs in the country.
Specifically, Vargas pointed out that the tourism industry could be boosted by the reform of TESDA’s skills programs, emphasizing the negative effects on the industry caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“With more tourist establishments resuming operations or opening their doors, we need to ensure that they have qualified staff to meet the growing demand,” he added.
“With the appointment of Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco, we are confident that the recovery of the tourism industry will accelerate across the country. A whole-of-government approach to support Secretary Frasco’s vision will be essential, and TESDA and other government agencies have a valuable role to play in achieving our common goal of prosperity for our fellow Filipinos in the tourism sector,” Vargas concluded, referring to the appointment. of Liloan, the mayor of Cebu Frasco as tourism secretary.
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