IT is public knowledge that highly-trained skilled workers from the Philippines, one of the world’s major manpower exporters, are in great demand in foreign lands, notably Saudi Arabia.
Records show that many Pinoy skilled workers, like carpenters, mechanics, painters and plumbers, are graduates of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
But unknown to many, the country, through TESDA, formerly called the National Manpower and Youth Council (NMYC), now trains foreign technical-vocational (tech-voc) course instructors.
In fact, 45 Saudi Arabians now undergoing training under the watchful eyes of TESDA instructors will graduate on Friday, July 14, while 30 others are set to complete their training on July 21.
It will be recalled that in 2005, TESDA and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Technical-Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) signed a historic memorandum of agreement (MOU).
The MOU calls for the training of Saudi Arabians in the Philippines under the Technology Training Programs for Trainers, according to TESDA Director-General Guiling “Gene” Mamondiong.
This year, helping TESDA in training the foreigners are the MFI Polytechnic Institute and the Metals Industry Research Development Center of the Department of Science and Technology.
Today, while we support the government’s multi-billion-dollar manpower export industry, we must also help other countries in training their technical-vocational course instructors.
This is why we must continue to provide TESDA with enough financial and manpower resources.
Without doubt, training more Filipino skilled workers, men and women, and foreign trainers is a step in the right direction which we, without second thoughts, applaud.