The series of industry consultations for TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) sector came into conclusion with the conduct of the Grand Industry Forum that gathered regional representatives of National Government Agencies, duty-bearers, and stakeholders via online platform on October 29, 2020. 

Director General Isidro Lapeña of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) graced the occasion together with Deputy Director General Aniceto Bertiz III and Deputy Director General Rosanna Urdaneta.

Dubbed as ReacTVET, the activity aims to strengthen the partnership between TESDA-NCR and its key industries in the region to promote and increase industry-led TVET implementation. Prior to the grand forum, industry sectors under Health and Wellness, Tourism, Construction, Logistics and Transport, ICT, and Manufacturing, Agriculture, and Electronics discussed the current TVET and industry-related challenges due to the pandemic and outline attainable interventions to address the identified challenges. 

In the presentation of TESDA-NCR Director Florencio Sunico, Jr., he highlighted the outcome of the focus group discussions such as the obsolete and emerging skills gathered from the sharing of the key players, common challenges of the industries, identified responses, and needs of each sectors in terms of priority skills. 

Each of the priority sectors were represented with its reactors who unanimously commended TESDA-NCR for said activity. They likewise gave their insights and comments as regard the identified outputs for program implementation and policy enhancement.

In the message of support of Atty. Sarah Buena S. Mirasol, Regional Director of DOLE-NCR, delivered in her behalf by Ryan Roberto E. Delos Reyes, Senior Labor and Employment Officer of the Employment Promotion and Workers Welfare Division, cooperation among government agencies was highlighted as key instrument in cascading proper information and interventions relative to harnessing the potentials of the Philippine workforce. He also stressed the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), which has altered the labor market landscape in NCR and have ushered changes on how things are done from manual to automated work.

Added further in his congratulatory message for the successful conduct of TESDA-NCR’s Industry Forum, Delos Reyes said that the activity is also vital in the delivery of an effective labor market signaling for the region as it surfaces the perspectives of the key industry players as well as their vision for the TVET sector in general. 

DOLE-NCR has always been part of the conduct of consultations with industry players as member of the Regional Technical Education and Skills Development Committee (RTESDC). DOLE-NCR’s participation in said regional body enables the agency to gather relevant information from sectoral viewpoint and industry demands in line for effective crafting and dissemination of labor market information.

END / Ryan Roberto Delos Reyes