Regional Director's Corner

By a wonderful twist of fate I have found myself in TESDA Region VI for the third time. It’s been 12 years since I first set foot in this assignment.

The timing is propitious, as Secretary Suharto “Teng” Mangudadatu is taking the helm as the new Director General of TESDA!

Fresh leaderships symbolize new beginnings, and new hopes. But while leadership may change, and with it the leader’s style and thrust, the core of TESDA’s identity and mandate is firmly entrenched - in its quality assurance system for training and assessment and certification.

The 10-point agenda of the new TESDA leadership points to the direction on which the programs and services will be cast. With the strategic policy shift towards area-based and demand-driven technical vocational education and training (TVET) aligned with the country’s macro goal of global competitiveness of its human resources, the TESDA’s field offices are cut out for it.

TESDA Region VI is well positioned to take on this new challenge, given its long institutional history, its innate culture of organizational resilience and the talent of its people. But it has to work with its critical stakeholders, among them the private sector, industries, the local governments, the political leaders, and leverage our resources and capacities to create pockets of differences in skills development in these parts.

I’m hoping, with the trust and support of our top management, the dedicated work of our team, and the commitment by all our local stakeholders, we can together journey to make new things happen here - in the area of TVET.