ABUCAY, Bataan – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA-Bataan) on Wednesday conducted the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) & Industry Forum to address the prevailing system of job mismatch and unemployment.
The said activity ran on a theme: “Matching Labor Demands of Industries with Technical Vocational Institutes (TVIs) as Partners.”
TESDA Deputy Director General Atty. Diosdado Padilla and TESDA Region 3 Regional Director Atty. Andrew Bido joined TESDA Bataan Provincial Director Engr. Jaime Castillo in the said activity.
“Our aim here is to gain partnership between TESDA, the company and TVIs. There is a big demand that we foresee here in Bataan especially in the economic zones that we need to address,” Engr. Castillo told 1Bataan.com.
At present, Castillo reported that there are 184 training programs being offered by TESDA here in the province in both 32 public and private TVIs.
The participants in the forum are from the human resource departments of the companies and industries within the province. They were trained to handle job requirements and how to attain it thru proper coordination with TESDA, DOLE and other concerned agencies.
“Because of corruption there is job mismatch, there is unemployment. There is collusion between the TVIs and erring TESDA officials in previous scholarship programs. That’s why we’re doing these. We now make sure that the qualification programs that we will offer, there are corresponding job openings or requirements for that,” Atty. Padilla reiterated.
Meanwhile, Fernando Manalili, administrator of the University of Nueva Caceres (UNC-Bataan) based in Dinalupihan (also a participating TVI), praised the ongoing reforms being implemented in TESDA by the new administration under President Rodrigo Duterte.
“The system being practiced before, TESDA gives the funds to TVIs. The institutes are the ones looking for the students for the courses that they offer and they lack monitoring how the funds are spent. But now their present tendering system goes like, at first, you need to apply for a program registration with corresponding number of students. Then they (TESDA) will verify it thoroughly and when they proved all the documentations and procedures as authentic, that’s the time that you will have the funds,” Manalili said.
A representative from the Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB) Labor Center reported that each day, they receive 400 job applications. Sewers are the most in demand among other positions being offered. There ae 34,000 workers employed in the said Freeport.
In Subic Bay Freeport Zone, there are 119,647 workers employed mostly in manufacturing firms, hotels and tourist destinations.