(Ms. Miraluna Baje Lopez CSEE)
Today I make a covenant before you to serve the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Misamis Occidental Provincial Office to the best of my ability as the new Provincial Director.
The documents I got show that the Province of Misamis Occidental has 3 component cities, 14 municipalities, 2 congressional districts and 490 barangays. And in this Province, as of May 2, 2016 TESDA has registered 77 Programs under the Unified Technical Vocational Education and Training Program Registration and Accreditation System (UTPRAS) of 17 Technical Vocational Institutions. Serving the province are 2 accredited assessment centers - the OAIS and the Provincial Training Center in Plaridel.
TESDA’s mission is to provide direction, policies, programs and standards towards quality technical education and training. The key result areas we want to attain are rapid, inclusive and sustained economic growth, and poverty reduction and empowerment of the poor and vulnerable. We want to develop human capabilities, to enhance knowledge and skills so that the people will experience increased employability. Our strategies are to expand access to quality Technical Vocational Education and Training. Develop workforce competencies required in key growth areas; Implement good governance system; and Engage industry in the provision of Technical-Vocational Services
In the management and delivery of the programs in the Provincial Office, there are 14 of us to do the work - I count including the vacant positions - 5 in the Provincial Training Center to do direct training, and 9 in the Provincial Office to oversee TESDA’s 3 main services - Policy, Delivery and Regulatory Services. TESDA has also one administered school, the Oroquieta Agro-Industrial School who shall be our partner in delivery of Technical Education and Skills Development Services.
To a new provincial director, the task at hand is overwhelming and a bit scary. I have 26 years as an accountant, 10 years in the academe, 16 in government service. I also have 2 years, 10 months and a day as a vocational school administrator of a TESDA administered institution like OAIS. But I admit that there is so much room for me to learn. I am in my new learning curve. I hope that our 17 TVIs comprising the Misamis Occidental TVET Training Institution Association (MOTTIA), our Provincial Technical Education and Skills Development Committee (PTESDC), my superiors as well as my team-mates, will give me time to get to know the ropes and swing them well.