The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is in need of at least 100,000 skilled Filipino workers to fill in the labor force needs in the upcoming projects that would be implemented soon in the Philippines.
AKB Partylist representatives Christopher Co (left), Rodel Batocabe (2nd from left), TESDA Underscretary Atty Diosdado Padilla (2nd from right) and TESDA Bicol regional director Cleta Omega (right) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that will bring TESDA services closer to community. (ph0to by Niño Luces)
In his visit to Albay last weekend, TESDA Undersecretary Atty. Diosdado Padilla lead the launch of “Sa Ako Bicol at TESDA, Nayon ang Bida” at Barangay Anislag, Daraga town in Albay, which aims to bring the services of TESDA and Ako Bicol Party-list closer to remote villages in the province.
He said the government of China would bring out projects in the Philippines and the government would provide skilled workers for such projects.
“Sa pagagayak nating doon sa proyekto na dadalhin dito ng bansang Tsina, noong una kasi gusto ng bansang Tsina na sila rin ang magbibigay ng mga skilled workers na manggagaling sa kanilang bansa. Pero ito ay hindi pinapayagan ng ating batas, kaya nga nagkaroon ng kasunduan ang Department of Foriegn Affairs (DFA) sa pangunguna ni Secretary Cayetano na tayo ang magpo-provide ng skilled workers,” Padilla said.
(“In our preparation for the project that China would bring here, at first China wants that they would provide the skilled workers that would come from their country. But this is not allowed by law that’s why there was an agreement initiated by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) led by Secretary Cayetano that we are the one providing the skilled workers,” Padilla said.)
Padilla narrated that TESDA is tasked by the DFA to conduct an inventory of all the skilled workers available for the upcoming projects.
“Sa ngayon nga, meron kaming “national inventory” ng mga skilled worker upang talagang tugunan yung mga pangangailangan, tulad ng nabanggit ko hindi lang dito sa Pilipinas ang pangangailangan ng skilled workers maging sa ibang bansa (Now we have a national inventory of skilled workers to really match the needs, like what I mentioned not only in the Philippines but also in other countries),” he added.
He narrated that the government of Japan is also needing the same number of skilled workers that will work in the constructions of facilities for the 2020 World Olympics that will be held in Tokyo, Japan.
Padilla explained that most of the needed skilled workers would work in construction.
“Lahat ng mga qualifications o forces na nakakasakop sa construction ay yung mga skilled workers na kailangan natin dito sa Pilipinas sa mga darating na taon (All of the qualifications or forces involved in construction are those skilled workers who are needed here in the country in the coming years),” Padilla told the Manila Bulletin. – By Niño Luces (Manila Bulletin)