TESDA gives nat’l certification tests bound for CS eligibility

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News Dispatch/07 Sept) — The Technical
Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will continue its
2nd round of free certification tests for electricians, computer
technicians, welders and other “middle-level jobs” this Sept. 12.

During the Bukidnon Monthly Convocation Program on September 5,
Catherine Milagros R. Galapon, TESDA provincial director, called for
applicants in the skills assessments and certification tests ,which
are bases for the granting of National Certificate (NC) and Certificate of Competency (COC) on specific fields.

The tests, which assess competency in wide range of functions and
skills are given in Bukidnon from August 8 to November 18, 2011.

For electricians, the Electrical Installation and Maintenance NC II
and III will be held on Sept. 12-16 while the Computer Hardware
Servicing NC II for computer technicians will be on Sept. 26-30.

The Food and Beverage Services NC II, Commercial Cooking NC II and
Housekeeping NC II tests were scheduled on October 10-14 and the
Consumer Electronics Servicing NC II on October 24-28.

The Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC II and Bookkeeping NC III
will be on November 14-18.

According to Daniel Cañete, Competency Assessment and Certification
(CAC) in-charge, the first run of assessments in Bukidnon was held in
March 28 to April 1. It produced only 115 certified workers out of 247
assessed. Galapon said that the target number of applicants for 2nd
run is 500. So far, less than 200 registered.

According to Galapon, the NC holders, with or without college degree,
are accepted in and out of the country for employment. Based on the
TESDA website (www.tesda.gov.ph), NCs could be converted to Civil
Service Eligibility through Skills Certificate Equivalency Program
(SCEP) of both TESDA and the Civil Service Commission.

Alan Haohao, 30 years old welder, obtained his certification (SMAW NC
II) during the first run. His NC II certificate was then converted to
Civil Service eligibility and he now works at TESDA office as watchman
and does part-time welding jobs every weekend.  He claimed that having
the certificate helped him a lot and made finding a job easier.

The tests will be held at the TESDA Provincial Training Center (PTC)
in Valencia City. Application forms are available there and also at
the TESDA Provincial Office in Malaybalay City. Applicants should
apply a week before the scheduled dates and are required to bring a
copy of birth certificate and three pieces passport-size picture with
white background and collar. (Hazel A. Generalao)

Bukidnon urged to venture into manufacturing, processing

MALAYBALAY CITY – Can rice-rich Bukidnon at least manufacture goods from its produce such as rice noodles?

Dr. Carmen Unabia, a researcher on Bukidnon history and literature told hundreds of employees of the Malaybalay City Government and its barangays in the occasion of the 134th foundation anniversary of Malaybalay on July 15.

Unabia cited that local palay producers have been selling their products to traders but it’s about time to reclaim the people’s enterprising way of life by putting up manufacturing or processing industries.

Unabia was the guest speaker of the anniversary program held at the Freedom Park, Baragay 4 Covered Court, Malaybalay City.

She said every day; people see big trucks hauling Bukidnons produce, including raw materials, to be used in the manufacturing sector in other places.

Before, she added, Bukidnon was also a good source of products in the barter trade.

Unabia underscored the importance of knowledge on history. She said the wisdom of the people are engendered into their literature, a way of know Bukidnon history.

“What can the past teach us?” she added.

Unabia challenged barangay captains and city officials to support micro-enterprises such as bihon production to add value to the farmers’ production. She also cited the potential of producing packed corn snacks.

She said they can facilitate the lending of capital for these micro-enterprises.

“Our ancestors were traders and entrepreneurs, a value, which they learned with long history of trading with the Chinese,” she said.

She added that the Lumads of Bukidnon traded with the Chinese through the Tagoloan River.

Unabia said in the pre-Hispanic time, Chinese traders saw a Malaybalay where there was emphasis in trading.

She cited the strong trading relations between the Lumads and the Chinese in the latter’s influence in local culture like in the designs of native clothing, food, and music.

During the Spanish era, she added, the focus shifted from economic to political.

She traced the trading route from the mouth of the Tagoloan River in the present day Misamis Oriental to the plains and hinterlands of Bukidnon.

Among the significant goods traded in the route, she added, were abaca hemp, honey and other agricultural products, which locals bartered with the Chinese wares such as jars used in rituals.

Unabia said local producers should not stop at selling raw produce but also manufacture products from these raw materials.

“Isn’t this an insult to us when we have to buy from other places the products which we could produce from here using our own resources?” she said.

Unabia urged government and community officials to nurture the enterprising spirit by tapping the services of the Technical Education and Skills Training Development Authority (TESDA) for training based on the micro-enterprise set up.

Mayor Ignacio W. Zubiri and other city officials exhorted the role of history to present administration and that the progress of the city at present is a result of what former leaders did in the past.

“Our economic growth is a sign that we earned the trust of the investors,” he added.

The city government carried the theme of this year’s commemoration of the founding of Malaybalay as a Spanish “pueblo” as “Ang Hiyas ug mithi sa kagahapon, mao’y sumbanan sa atong kalamabuan karon.”

Of the at least 20 activities slated in the celebration from June 3 to 26, only the anniversary program provided avenue for locals to learn from its past. Most of the activities were either entertainment or sports extravaganza to lure public attention. (Walter I. Balane)

This story also appears in: www.mindanews.com

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