The Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) joined the 28th Founding Anniversary and CreaTVET Industry Forum of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) on August 25 and 31, 2022, respectively.

Participated by key stakeholders and TESDA regional offices, the agency’s observance of their founding anniversary also marked the celebration of the “National Tech-Voc Day” that was institutionalized through Republic Act No. 10970.

TESDA Director General Danilo P. Cruz led the opening at the TESDA-Daikin HVAC Training Center in Taguig City, which aims to promote their Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) program.

The event also highlighted the World Cafe of Opportunities (WCO) and National TVET Enrollment Day (NTED). Like a job fair, WCO is a venue for TESDA’s tech-voc alumni and National Certificate (NC) holders who would like to seek employment opportunities while NTED was provided for those interested in tech-voc courses.

Guest resource speaker Ms. Ma. Allen Rose T. Carreon, Labor and Employment Officer from the Employment Promotion and Workers Welfare (EPWW) Division at DOLE-NCR discussed to the graduates the national and NCR’s labor force survey and key employment generators (KEGs) amid the new normal. She also presented the recent result of DOLE-NCR’s environmental scanning which shows relevant skills preferred by industries; gave tips on the use of new online platforms to ace job applications and interviews; and shared the DOLE’s bridging programs for the youth and livelihood opportunities.

Said DOLE-NCR representative also joined the TESDA-led CreaTVET Industry Forum on August 31, 2022 at the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City with fellow labor officers, Mr. Ryan Roberto E. Delos Reyes and Ms. Mary Chelsea A. Espinosa. Said event was also participated by regional representatives of the national government agencies including some of the industry players in the National Capital Region (NCR) such as from the IT-BPM; construction; transport and logistics; wholesale, retail and trade; health and wellness; hotel, restaurant and tourism; and manufacturing.

In the said event, TESDA Deputy Director General for Policies and Planning, Ms. Rosanna A. Urdaneta emphasized that the said forum aims to feature every sector’s role and strategy in the era of technological advances and the new normal. She further added that every sector and every area is unique in terms of the needed skills and therefore constant collaboration with the region’s industry players is the key component to ensure that every Filipino will be given opportunities to be equipped with the appropriate skills to meet the industry standards.

Likewise, TESDA-NCR Director Florencio Sunico, Jr. stressed that the said forum was one of the agency’s ways to recognize strengths and roles of each sector towards economic progress and limit mismatches in the labor market through TVET programs that are based on demands.

During the networking session, the DOLE-NCR representatives thanked TESDA-NCR for inviting the labor department and emphasized that the forum is a contributing component in the formulation of the updated Labor Market Information (LMI) in the region.

DOLE-NCR and TESDA have always worked together in addressing the needs of the labor market, strengthening the economic and labor market drivers within the region, and bringing about education and training opportunities for higher employability for all Filipinos.

END / Mary Chelsea Espinosa and Ma. Allen Rose Carreon