President Benigno S. Aquino III on Tuesday called on the Filipino people to continue supporting the government to ensure that the gains achieved by his administration in the past six years would become permanent.
In his speech during the “Ulat ng TESDA kay Juan at Juana” in Taguig City, the President also urged the public to guard the government’s achievements these past few years.
“Panawagan ko po: Ngayong tinatamasa na natin ang pagbabago, patuloy tayong mag-bantay at maki-ambag upang gawin itong permanente,” he said.
“Lalo nating patibayain ang ating mandato upang makapaghatid pa ng agarang benepisyo sa ating mamamayan.”
Noting that it could well be his last event at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) as president, the Chief Executive thanked TESDA officials and personnel for doing their best in pursuing his Daang Matuwid agenda in the past six years.
He also spelled out TESDA’s achievements during his tenure, which include its 10 million course graduates and 72 percent placement rate for its Training for Work Scholarship Program.
The TESDA has also been awarded the nationwide ISO-9001:2008 certification, which signifies its dedication and competence.
“Malinaw po, lahat ng nakamit nating tagumpay ay bahagi lamang nang malawakan nating pagsisikap na tuparin ang ating panatang ang iwan ang ating bansa sa mas magandang sitwasyon kaysa sa ating dinatnan,” the President said.
“Sa Daang Matuwid, ginagawa natin ang tama at makatwiran. Sinasagad ang pagkakataon makapag-lingkod at tinututok ang serbisyo sa kapakanan ng mas nakararami. Kasabay ng paglago ng ekonomiya, pinapa-unlad natin ang imprastraktura, edukasyon, kalusugan at iba pang serbisyong panlipunan para i-angat ang ating mga Boss.”
With the election of former TESDA director general Joel Villanueva to the Senate, the President said he expects him to work even harder to provide Filipinos with more decent jobs.
In her report to President Aquino, TESDA chief Irene Isaac said that as a result of TESDA’s certification process, more than 500 industry associations and companies have partnered with the agency, covering such areas as standards development, training delivery, apprenticeship program, dual training system, and assessment and certification.
The TESDA also continues to implement its major scholarship programs, among them the Training for Work Scholarship Program, Private Education Students Financial Assistance, and Special Training Employment Program.
Isaac said TESDA will continue to use Technical Vocational Education and Training as a tool to give people decent jobs and to align the program with global standards. PND (as)