Technical Education official arrives today

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Monday, March 26, 2012

TECHNICAL Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) Secretary Joel Villanueva will arrive in Bacolod City today, Monday.

As Tesda gears up for more technical vocational programs for high school graduates and unemployed, Villanueva is set to speak in two big events in Bacolod City Monday: the Bacolod Negros Occ. Federation for IT (BNEFIT)-led ICT-BPO HR Forum and the Commencement Exercises at the West Negros University (WNU).

Villanueva’s first stop will be at the ICT-BPO HR Forum convened by BNEFIT at The Chalet, L’Fisher Hotel at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Villanueva is expected to speak on Tesda programs for ICT-BPO growth, particularly the training of more quality call center agents, animators, medical transcriptionists and other critical qualifications, and also induct the BNEFIT Officers and Board of Directors for 2012-2013.

He will also consult with the BPO companies, training providers and academe, students and BPO workers to further improve Tesda’s support to the industry.

In 2010, President Benigno Aquino III allocated P500 million for Tesda’s BPO workers training.

BNEFIT chair Jocelle Batapa-Sigue said Bacolod City is now ranked No. 3 among Top Ten Next Wave Cities in the Philippines Best IT-BPO Locations for 2010-2011.

It is estimated that P105 million a month or close to P1.3 billion is now being poured into Negros Occidental’s economy with the 12,000 plus jobs opened by the ICT-BPO companies in the province in 2010.

At the West Negros University, Villanueva will address the graduating class and hope to inspire them with the vision, plan and opportunities for jobs-directed training, and the options opened by Tesda competency-based programs.

West Negros University is putting in place its Center for Allied Technology and Skills Development, which it hopes to register with Tesda and thus expand the provision of quality technical education and skills development in Negros Occidental.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 26, 2012.

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