Featured image above shows TESDA Secretary Suharto “Datu Teng” T. Mangudadatu hands over a backup loaded with tools and goodies to a participant to the 13th Worldskills ASEAN Skills Competition in Singapore. (Photo: SDN — SciTech and Digital News)
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(SDN) — Select graduates of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) are presently battling it out for honors at the 13th Worldskills ASEAN Skills Competition in Singapore.
The 23 skilled workers armed with different skills representing the Philippines in the prestigious multi-events hope to come home with honors.
“Bring home the gold, bring home the trophy,” said Secretary Suharto T. Mangudadatu, director general of TESDA, is that “you can show that the Filipino is ready for all battles”.
On July 18, the TESDA director general, impressed upon the 23 skills athletes who are tech-voc graduates to not be scared, to just be normal. He delivered the Inspirational Message at the official send-off held at the agency’s Main Headquarters along service road, Taguig City, Metro Manila.
“Remember, you carry the spirit of the Filipino people with you. We are a nation of dreamers, innovators, and achievers,” said Mangudadatu, former governor of the province of Sultan Kudarat. “If we can have unity, we can achieve anything.”
Following are the participants representing the Philippines at the competition:
- James Patrick C. Meren, Automobile Technology
- Marissa C. Camero, Beauty TherapyAllen S. Gacweng, Cooking
- Cristian Lasaruz V. Asanza, Electrical Installations
- John Vince B. Galido, Electronics
- Joyce M. Restua, Fashion Technology
- Ana Claire P. Hernandez, Graphic Design Technology
- Shem L. Davide, Hairdressing
- Francis Arroyo, Information Network Cabling
- Jasmine Mae Q. Loyola, Internet-of-Things
- Van Haley D. Brotonel, Internet-of-Things
- Jose Darylle T. Tolentino, IT Network Systems Administration
- Paul Mark B. Yu, IT Software Solutions for Business
- Ivan D. Ilagan, Mechanical Engineering CAD
- Gerald D. Tagalog, Mechatronics
- Victor C. Madelozo Jr., Mechatronics
- Nicole O. Flores, Mobile Robotics
- Kristin Lana C. Bernardino, Mobile Robotics
- Raymund Jacob G. Santiago, Rapid Transit Systems
- Christopher Enriquez, Rapid Transit Systems
- Albert V. Lumanta, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
- Gwyneth Nicole I. Abarquez, Restaurant Service
- Daniel E. Alburoto, Web Technologies
“If all the Filipinos have the skills like yours, their lives will improve”
TESDA has been sending Philippine representatives to the Worldskills ASEAN Skills Competition, wearing some honors in the past.
“I understand that standing shoulder to shoulder with competitors from around the world can be intimidating. The weight of expectations may feel heavy upon your shoulders, but I want you to embrace this opportunity with unwavering belief in your yourself and your abilities,” he said.
“You have worked tirelessly, honing your skills, and preparing for this moment. You are ready.”
Mangudadatu told the Filipinos competitors, in moments of doubt, to look toward their fellow delegates, coaches and loved ones.
“They believe in you, and their faith is not unfounded. Trust in their belief, and let it fuel your self-assurance.”
In a related development, Mangudadatu, who President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. appointed to head TESDA, plans to offer to the country’s barangays tech-voc scholarships on National Certificate (NCs) I and portion of NC II courses.
Doing this, he pointed out, Filipinos, especially the poor, would be able to acquire life-changing skills that would help uplift their lives and move up in the nation’s economic ladder.
“If all the Filipinos have the skills like yours, their lives will improve,” he said. “If we can bring NC I (and II) to the grassroots level, we can focus on the digital world.”
Mangudadatu emphasized that the President wants to spread TESDA skills to the ground level.
“Then, we can do NC3, NC4, and NC5. We can’t be competitive if we can’t focus on this. So, in the next two or one year from we will have Filipinos competing in NC3 and NC.” (✓)