By Argyll Cyrus Geducos and Dhel Nazario
President Duterte said on Tuesday more Filipinos in the country will be able to develop more skills that will contribute to the growth of the nation.
The President expressed hope that by providing efficient and reliable means of job application, matching and hiring, the government could augment workers’ income and increase the demand for employment in the country.
He made the statement at the launching of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority’s (TESDA) 911TESDA Program aimed at opening thousands of employment opportunities to TESDA graduates.
“I am confident that this program will significantly contribute to our efforts to provide livelihood opportunities that will enable our people to make a decent living and, in the process, empower them to contribute to our overall growth as a nation,” he said.
“This web-based project is definitely responsive to the growing demand for quality services in households, communities, and enterprises by harnessing the great potential of our digital online service providers,” he added.
Duterte also said that he expects Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) students and graduates to successfully land jobs that will best suit their skills.
The President also highlighted employment opportunities abroad as industrialized nations like Japan, US, and Europe open up to foreign workers as a result of their aging population.
The Chief Executive also said that TESDA’s new program can help the government’s initiative in enticing communist insurgents to return to the fold of the law.
“So they can have the skills. And if jobs are not available here in the next few years, they can always go out and seek employment somewhere and they can be productive,” he said.
The 911TESDA is a free, web-based platform that connects those looking for services such as construction, transport, appliance repair, and others to holders of TESDA National Certificate (NC) looking for job opportunities. According to Malacañang, the program can be accessed through its website www.911tesda.ph or its Android app.
The program will be initially available in Metro Manila and nearby provinces of Bulacan, Nueva Ecija (Palayan City), Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal.
The 911TESDA website, www.911tesda.ph is now officially open to booking services and additional registration from TESDA NC holders who want to be part in the program.
The partner digital/online service platforms (D/OSPs) projected that for this year alone, the demand for service providers can reach up to 11,425. D/OSPs are confident that with 911TESDA, the supply for this certified worker demand will be met.
Before the program started, TESDA and the D/OSPs had opened a registration and on-boarding program to assist the NC holders in signing up with the 911TESDA pool and hiring previously-screened registrants.
As of July 26, there are already 2,601 registrants who have successfully verified their NCs in the system. Today, 171 additional NC holders were scouted by Region III, IV-A and National Capital Region (NCR) regional offices to register. While a total of 164 registrants were already confirmed for employment by the D/OSPs.
TESDA, through its National Institute for Technical Education and Skills Development, developed 911TESDA as a free web-based linking program that aims to provide employment opportunities for certified graduates of technical vocational education and training (TVET), and deliver skill-service needs of individuals, households and enterprises.
“It is a very good and effective project where everyone has access to get help from the government when needed,” said Secretary Lapeña, explaining how 911TESDA is like the 911 Emergency Hotline that responds to employment emergencies.