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New TESDA centers, CHEd offices okayed

Michelle R. Guillang



New training and assessment centers of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will soon be established in Zamboanga del Sur, Guimaras, Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur and Dinagat Islands.

This, after the Committee on Higher and Technical Education approved last Thursday House Bill (HB) 7342, 7354, 7437, 7472, 7505 and 7526.

The proposed measures give TESDA additional facilities will upgrade the skills of individuals and enable them to increase their chance of getting employed amidst the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Also approved were HB 7447 and 5716 which seek for the creation of Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) offices in Davao Oriental and Sorsogon.

Along with this is the creation of a technical working group tasked to oversee the crafting of a substitute bill to HB 7218, or the “Entrepreneurial Agricultural Education Act of 2020,” authored by Bohol Rep. Kristine Alexei Tutor.

Meanwhile, various associations such as the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations, Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges and the Association of Local Colleges and Universities have reached out to Congress concerning the issues they are facing in preparation for schoolyear 2020-2021.

Among them are the sustainability in the implementation of teaching modalities, inaccessibility or poor access to the internet, and insufficient funds to meet the requirements of the ‘new normal’ in learning.

Baguio City Rep. Mark Go, chairman of the Committee on Higher and Technical Education, said that in line with the Bayanihan to Recover As One Act, or Bayanihan 2, the national government will provide aid for academic institutions to carry out the new education system.