By Liza Soriano
MANILA — Senator Joel Villanueva has urged employers to hire technical-vocational graduates to help spur the economy.
“Our technical vocational education is among the best in the world. We have a pool of talent who can get every job done,” he said as the country in time of the National Tech-Voc Day celebration.
The August 25 event was institutionalized with the enactment into law of Republic Act No. 10970 which Villanueva authored.
“Job-ready and adept in their field, tech-voc graduates hold a vast potential in contributing to our way out of the pandemic,” he added.
According to figures from the Philippine Statistics Authority, there were 2.99 million Filipinos without a job in June 2022 or six (6) percent of the population.
In order to increase the odds of graduates finding employment, he urged the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), which he previously headed, to continually include the private sector in delivering skills training.
Senate Bill No. 363, also known as the proposed Enterprise-based Education and Training to Employment Act, is one of the bills Villanueva introduced in the 19th Congress. It aims to strengthen tech-voc education by incorporating apprenticeship and dual training systems and providing ongoing skill enhancement to the unemployed.(ai/mtvn)