MAASIN CITY, Feb. 4 (PIA) -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Southern Leyte Provincial Office recognizes the partnership with different national line agencies, and non- government agencies based in the province.

“This is our way to say thank you for your involvement, support and partnership that led us to accomplish our programs in skills development in the province,” TESDA Provincial Director Elizabeth Garcia said during the opening remarks in a simple awarding ceremony held at Bishop Ataviado Hall, Saint Joseph College, Maasin City on January 31.

One of the awardees, Rep. Roger G. Mercado of the lone congressional district of Southern Leyte, was instrumental for helping people become skilled and employable through self-employment because of his annual allocation of scholarship funds for TESDA’s Special Training for Employment Program (STEP), Garcia noted.

Among others present were representatives of Gov. Damian Mercado and provincial offices such as PAGSO, PSWD, PESO, Local Chief Executives like Maasin City Mayor Nacional Mercado, and representatives from Bontoc and Tomas Oppus LGUs.

While the representatives of some national line agencies included DOLE, DTI, DILG, DOST, PNP- SLPPO, ATI-RTC VIII, PIA, LTO- Maasin, San Juan and Sogod for their Tsuper Iskolar Program and LTC Roberto B. Obaob, INF (GSC) Philippine Army in the implementation of the programs of Southern Leyte Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) under ELCAC EO 70.

Individual persons like Edmar Peter Tambis, the president of Provincial Association of CTECs in the region and Barbara Banez who provided technical assistance for the establishment of farm schools were all duly recognized as strong partners in the implementation of their skills training programs.

TESDA also recognized best performing technical-vocational institutions that achieved high employment rates, best complying institutions of the scholarship guidelines to include Acedilla Technological Institute,Inc., Saint Thomas Aquinas College, Ghrace Jhoy Technical and Vocational School, SJC Vocational Training Center and Bendicar Farm Agri Eco Tourism farm school, Garcia reported.

Meanwhile, the awarding of the Provincial Skills Competition winners in the different areas of competition were also given during the same ceremony.

Gold winners in respective areas were Mike Jay Tingson (Saint Joseph College- welding technology), Rodel Celeste (Saint Joseph College- electrical installations), Arman Batinggal (Ghrace Jhoy Technical and Vocational School-cooking) and Merijoy Manatad (Ghrace Jhoy Technical and Vocational School- restaurant service). (nbq/esg/PIA8 SoLeyte)