TESDA SKILLS AT PAR. TESDA Reg. 3 Director Atty. Balmyrson Valdez with other agency officials formally open on Thursday the 2022 Regional Skills Competition through this very unique welding demonstration which is one of the best skills of their graduates. Photo by Carmela Reyes-Estrope

GUIGUINTO, Bulacan–The province gets the biggest number of scholarship beneficiaries for skills and livelihood training from Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in the whole of Central Luzon, Region 3 Director Atty. Balmyrson Valdez said here on Thursday.

Valdez lead the formal opening of the 2022 TESDA 4-day Regional Skills Competition held at the newly built TESDA regional gymnasium in its branch office in this town.

Valdez told the media in an interview that Bulacan is already similar to a small region that requires a chunk of their skills training budget. Bulacan now has more than 3.7 million population. 

For the more than 100,000 scholarship regional beneficiaries in 2023, a bigger share will go to Bulacan youth and other trainee applicants.

Similar to Metro Manila, about 70% of Central Luzon TESDA skills graduates were hired or employed while others have successfully ventured in their own businesses and livelihood.

Valdez said TESDA Central Luzon which excels in information technology and graphic design is a consistent champion in the agency’s annual national competition wherein the winners represent the country in global level.  In 2019 in Russia, Philippines represented by TESDA Central Luzon bagged 3 Medallion of Excellence.

Sixty three provincial competitors from the region’s seven provinces–Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Zambales, Bataan and Aurora will compete in 28 categories. 

The competition aims to hone the skills of the TESDA scholars and to test the country’s competitiveness in graphic design technology, information network cabling, IT Network System Administration, IT Software Solutions for Business, Mechanical Engineering CAD, web technology, bakery, cooking, hotel reception, patisserie and confectionary, wall and floor tiling, beauty therapy, hairdressing, mobile robotics, restaurant services, floristry, landscape gardening, car painting, automobile technology, bricklaying, cabinet making, carpentry, fashion technology, renewable energy, electrical installations, refrigeration and air-conditioning, plumbing and heating and welding. 

Bulacan TESDA DIrector Gerty Pagaran said the competition involves task and industry-based scenarios where young individuals demonstrate their competency and skills. 

Gov. Daniel Fernando and the provincial government of Bulacan helps and support this year’s regional competition.