Saturday, June 7, 2014

TESDA Caraga searches for Reg’l Kabalikat awardee

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, June 7 (PIA) – The search is on for the 2014 Regional Kabalikat Awardee. This, after the regional and provincial search committees have jointly conducted a meeting held recently here to announce the opening of this annual competition.

Ma. Cristina V. Soberano, TESD Specialist II and Regional Kabalikat focal person presented the implementing guidelines of this annual competition which primarily aimed to promote technology-based education and training.

Soberano added the competition encouraged active participation of institutions, private firms/companies, Local Government Units (LGUs), and Legislative Units in the development and employment of Filipino workforce.

Meanwhile, TESDA Caraga regional director Dr. Florencio F. Sunico, Jr. said this is TESDA’s way of recognizing and honoring outstanding partners from institutions, industry, LGUs and Legislative for their unselfish contribution to Technical Education and Skills Development (TESD).

Sunico further said the Kabalikat Award also recognizes good practices of the partners in manifesting their deep sense of corporate social responsibility through the conduct of training, assessment and certification and other programs/projects related to workforce development such as provision of technical assistance in provincial and regional TESD Committee, skills competition, Technical Expert Panel (TEP), standards/curriculum development and employment facilitation.

The Kabalikat Award is one of TESDA’s reward mechanisms in giving due recognition and honor to its outstanding partners in the promotion and enhancement of TESD. The award is conferred to outstanding institutions, private firms/companies, LGUs and Legislative partners cognizant of their good practices and contribution in the promotion and development of the country’s technical and vocational workers in terms of qualification and/or competencies gained.

Said contributions may be in the form of training scholarships, donation of training machines and equipment, supplies and materials, recruitment and placement assistance to trainees and certified persons, internship training, TESD promotion and advocacy and other support services in pursuit of the advancement of TESD.

The award has four categories, namely: 1. Institutional Partner, 2. Industry Partner, 3. LGU Partner; and 4. Legislative Partner.

The Institutional Partner category includes TESDA’s partners from the private schools/training institutions, training centers, non-government organizations/institutions that employ good practices in the promotion and enhancement of TESD such as the following: conduct of regular tracer study of graduates, meeting market-based performance standard, proper incentives, labor market research, and public-private partnership.

Under the Industry Partner category, these TESDA partners may be an industry association or individual private and public establishment/firm/company that adhered to good practices in the promotion and enhancement of TESD. The juridical personality of the awardees shall be considered in the selection. For instance, franchises will be treated as separate entities. However, departments/units/project areas shall be treated under its mother organization.

The LGU partner category may be a municipality, city or provincial unit, and other related government offices which provided exemplary support and cooperation with TESDA in the area of TESD activities translated to programs/projects related to workforce development such as training and assessment, scholarships, donations, provision of technical assistance in provincial or regional TESD Committee, skills competition, TEP, and standards/curriculum development.

The Legislative partner category includes the office of a Congressman or Senator which provided exemplary support to and cooperation with TESDA in the area of TESD activities translated to programs/projects related to workforce development such as training and assessment, scholarships, donations, provision of technical assistance in provincial or regional TESD Committee, skills competition, TEP, and standards/curriculum development.

Soberano explained that each regional or executive office shall assess and submit one Kabalikat awardee for each category. They will also create their respective Screening Committees who shall be responsible in the screening/assessment and selection of the Kabalikat awardees.

The official further discussed that the selection of awardee/s shall be based on set criteria specified in the guidelines. They (awardees) must meet the minimum required score of at least 75 points to qualify for screening at the National Kabalikat level.

“A total of six National Kabalikat Awardees shall be chosen from among the Regional and Executive Office awardees: one each from Institutional, Industry and Legislative Partners; and three from LGU Partners – one each coming from town, city and province,” Soberano said.

The regional/executive office awardees will receive the awards during the awarding ceremony in August 2014 as part of the yearly celebration of TESDA anniversary.


It can be recalled that in 2012, Surigao del Sur governor Johnny T. Pimentel was awarded National Kabalikat Awardee under the LGU Partner Category, besting other local chief executives in the country. (TESDA-13/PIA-Caraga)