Nationwide jobs fair to mark TESDA 24th anniversary and National Tech-Voc Day

August 20, 2018

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will hold jobs fair and provide financial assistance to its graduates/alumni in all the 17 regions nationwide to mark the agency's 24th anniversary celebration and National Tech-Voc Day on August 25.

TESDA Director General, Secretary Guiling “Gene” Mamondiong said that the jobs fair dubbed “World Café of Opportunities through Jobs Linkages and Networking Services”  (WCO through JoLiNS) is one of the strategies to link the technical vocational education and training (TVET) graduates/alumni to employment opportunities both in wage and self-employment.

Some 17,000 job vacancies will be made available during the simultaneous holding of WCO in the country, Mamondiong says.

To avail of the jobs and financial aid, the TESDA chief is inviting all TVET graduates to visit the following WCO Regional sites: Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR), Universitity of Baguio, Baguio City; Region l, CSI Stadia Lacao, Dagupan City; Region ll, Robinson’s Place Santiago City, Isabela; Region lll, Robinson Starmills Pampanga; Region lV-A, SAVEMORE, Sta. Rosa, Laguna; Region lV-B, Provincial Capitol Complex, Calapan, Or. Mindoro;

National Capital Region (NCR), Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City; Region V, Pacific Mall, Legaspi City; Region Vl, Robinson’s Place Pavia, Iloilo; Region Vll, IEC Convention Center of Cebu, Cebu City; Region Vlll, Tacloban City Convention Center, Tacloban City; Region lX, KCC Mall de Zamboanga; Region X,  Robinson Cagayan de Oro; Region Xl, Davao Convention and Trade Center, Davao City; Region Xll, Gaisano Grand Mall Koronadal, South Kotabato; CARAGA, Grand Palace Hotel, Butuan City; Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex, ARMM Compound, Cotabato City.

In every site, more than 1,000 job vacancies will be presented to the graduates who are looking for jobs or those who want to start their own business with the help of participating companies and partner government agencies.

Mamondiong said the WCO through JoLiNS, conducted with the support of various stakeholders, is a ‘one-stop-shop’ for TVET graduates/alumni wherein national government agencies, private companies, tech-voc institutions and financing institutions all converge in strategic locations to offer all possible employment, training and financing opportunities and facilitate higher job-skill matching.

Most of the jobs that will be offered will be coming from construction as part of the Build, Build, Build Program of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Also, TVET graduates /alumni may apply for financial loan which they can use in starting a business such as baking, hair salon to those who finished hairdressing, automotive shop for automotive mechanic, and welding shop for welding graduates.

The WCO through JoLiNS was officially launched on Aug 7, 2018 in which 13 government institutions and six private organizations signed the Memorandum of Understanding and vowed to support the successful conduct of this event.

The 13 government agencies which signed in the MOU were Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) , Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Trade and Industries (DTI), Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) Office of Cabinet Secretary (OCS), Overseas Workers Welfare  Administration (OWWA), at Philippine Overseas Employment and Administration (POEA).

On the other hand, the six private associations/organizations which expressed support to the MUO were Federation of the Philippine Industries (FPI), Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines (HRAP), Philippine Constructors Association (PCA), Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), Technical Vocational Schools and Associations of the Philippines (TEVSAPHIL), at Tech-Voc Schools Association (TVSA).

The event is part of the week-long celebration of TESDA which started on August 20-26. Other activities are the awarding of institutional awards for industry partners, TVET trainers; Kabalikat Award, Tagsanay Award, and Idols of TESDA.

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