Statement on the appointment of Dr. Suharto T. Mangudadatu as 14th TESDA Director General

TESDA with a HEART: To Serve the Communities

We welcome the appointment of Suharto “Teng T. Mangudadatu, Ph.D as the 14th┬áDirector General of the Agency.

We likewise thank President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. for appointing Dr. Mangudadatu to lead TESDA and implement his priority programs such as those for agriculture and languages.

As the former Provincial Governor of Sultan Kudarat and Municipal Mayor of the Municipality of Lutayan, Dr. Mangudadatu’s expertise in governance and local communities will surely be beneficial in strengthening the country’s technical vocational education and training (TVET).

We are hopeful that Dr. Mangudadatu will continue and build on the ongoing campaigns of TESDA to make TVET accessible and relevant to more Filipinos.

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TESDA, DSWD partner for sustainable livelihood program

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) are set to improve the lives of Filipinos particularly those in the marginalized sector.

Last May 26, TESDA Director General Danilo P. Cruz and DSWD Secretary Rexlon Gatchalian signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for a sustainable livelihood program to provide capacity-building interventions to its beneficiaries.

Under the agreement, TESDA and DSWD commit to providing skills training, livelihood programs, and complementary support program services for the socio-economic upliftment of the lives of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and non-4Ps beneficiaries.

Specifically, TESDA shall allot scholarship slots for the beneficiaries and conduct skills training and assessment of the identified 4Ps and non-4Ps beneficiaries.

For its part, DSWD shall assess the skills needed by the beneficiaries, and assess and endorse them for skills training and micro-enterprise development.

DG Cruz said that TESDA is one with the DSWD and other government agencies, as well as the private sector to help raise the standard of living of Filipinos, especially those in the marginalized sector, by providing them with appropriate skills training and livelihood programs.

“Rest assured that we will render our utmost support and commitment to ensure the attainment of the goals of this project,” DG Cruz said, noting that the partnership is in line with one of TESDA’s two-pronged strategies of Social Equity for Workforce Inclusion and Poverty Reduction.

TESDA and DSWD have a long-standing partnership. In 2021, TESDA Region III, DSWD Region III, and SM Supermalls agreed to provide employment for the 4Ps beneficiaries in Central Luzon.

Likewise, in January this year, TESDA and DSWD, as part of their Gender and Development (GAD) initiatives, partnered to train women in Eastern Visayas on skills that are considered fit only for men.

Meanwhile, also present during the MOA signing at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City were Deputy Directors General Aniceto Bertiz III and Vidal Villanueva III, and other officials of the DSWD.

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TESDA, Samsung renew partnership for electronics, ICT training

Ensuring the quality of its training programs, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) continues to forge partnerships with the private sector to further advance the Philippine tech-voc ecosystem.

Last May 15, TESDA Director General Danilo P. Cruz and Samsung Electronics Corporation (SEPCO) President Min Su Chu renewed the partnership between the two organizations to help strengthen the former’s training programs on electronics and information and communications technology (ICT).

The partnership includes the implementation of the Electronic Product Assembly and Servicing program to be delivered using the Dual Training System at the TESDA Women’s Center (TWC).

In his message, DG Cruz said that the agreement between TESDA and Samsung seeks to guarantee the availability of a pool of highly-skilled workers in the electronics and ICT industries.

The TESDA chief shared that it will likewise promote the implementation of the Dual Training System (DTS) that combines center-based theoretical training and work-based practical training.

“This partnership also focuses on the key area of women’s participation in non-traditional trades such as ICT and the electronics sectors through the TESDA Women’s Center, which highlights our shared goal to uplift the social status and welfare of women in society.” he furthered.

It can be recalled that both parties first signed a Memorandum of Agreement last 2014 for the establishment of the TESDA-Samsung Training Facility for Consumer Electronics Program at the TWC.

The partnership has so far produced 198 graduates of which 80% of them got employed.

TESDA and Samsung also opened a similar training facility at the Jacobo Z. Gonzales Memorial School of Arts and Trades (JZGMSAT) in Bi├▒an City, Laguna.

Also present during the MOA signing were TESDA Deputy Directors General Aniceto Bertiz III and Vidal Villanueva III, and officials from Samsung Philippines.