DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) brought to Dumaguete City some of the country’s basketball superstars for an exhibition game dubbed “Shoot for your Dream” with the agency’s former head Joel Villanueva.
Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) legends namely Alvin Patrimonio, Jerry Cordiñera, Bal David, Rodney Santos, Bobby Jose, Kenneth Duremdes, Roger Yap and Marlou Aquino and Villanueva form the “Team Trabaho” who competed with top basketball players in Negros Oriental.
The event was held at the Macias Sports and Cultural Center in this city.
In a press briefing held before the event, Villanueva told members of the local press that Team Trabaho aims to inspire young people to pursue their dreams in life as well as to promote TESDA’s advocacy to help people earn a job through quality technical-vocational (tech-voc) education through this basketball event.
“The biggest challenge for the entire agency is to break the wrong perspective that the only way to succeed is to be a college graduate,” he said.
To address this, TESDA came up with some community based programs that will provide quality training to learners.
“There is a one-month training. If you’re trained on welding you get a welding machine, if you are trained on bread and pastry you get your own oven, because of this they are able to stand on their own,” the former TESDA chief noted.
In Negros Oriental, there are a total of 215, 000 tech-voc graduates in the province in the past five years.
Aside from this, he also disclosed that the employment rate for tech-voc graduates in Negros Oriental also rose from 28% to 72%.
“The future is secured when there is work,” he emphasized.
Team Trabaho already visited several cities throughout the country to promote the advancement of tech-voc education. (ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at January 26, 2016)