TESDA Siquijor ready to provide services amid COVID-19
SIQUIJOR, June 25 (PIA) — The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority is ready to provide services to the public with some adjustments using the appropriate training modalities to cope with the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This as TESDA-Siquijor Provincial Director Zosimo de Asis presented updates on its programs and services, and other response measures undertaken amid the pandemic during the “Straight from the Source” interview of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).
“We can assure you that we will be of service to the people of Siquijor in these trying times and we will inform you of whatever programs that we prepare for the province,” de Asis said as he encouraged Siquijodnons especially the graduates of any courses to avail of the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) program.
This is also one of the TESDA’s ways of continuing support to “OPLAN TESDA Abot Lahat: TVET Towards a New Normal,” said de Asis.
He said TESDA -Siquijor has been advertising programs adapting the Blended and Online Learning with their TVET program and is dedicated to provide the services through different approaches, such as coming to the office but observing social distancing and other health protocols and/or availing of the program through online registration.
Blended approach, he said, is a mix of distance learning using the internet and face-to-face learning to provide the kinds of training their clients need.
“We are opening the program of TESDA. Although we are still coordinating with the provincial government, we would like to emphasize that TESDA is ready to provide services at all times,” de Asis also said.
He said their office has coordinated with the local governments and submitted their plans and programs for approval to possibly start in June or early part of July.
“Meron po tayong tinitingnan na mga (we have considered several) parameters in terms of policies of our province, but as a whole, TESDA-Siquijor is ready to implement the plans and programs,” he said.
Supervising Technical Education and Skills Development (TESD) Specialist Fletcher Gumahad added that TESDA-Siquijor has started with the Trainers Training on Online Teaching exclusive for TVET trainers and is intended to prepare them for the succeeding programs.
“The good thing is, our trainers are very open to the changes. We opted to do it online for them to practice. Although there were complaints on the use of applications but from time to time they have learned to appreciate and review the competency-based learning materials (CBLMs) manage to experiment what is apllicable and decide for themselves to update them in their own expertise and fields,” said TESD Specialist II and Online Training Program Expert, Jessalyn Co.
She said they are still in the process of converting their learning materials to e-learning materials in preparation for the platform such as Google classroom and other online platforms like Facebook for announcement.
Co said they are also considering the learning flexibility programs that TESDA can implement considering some limitations in internet connections and the availability of necessary gadgets and other equipment for the clients.
“We are planning to implement programs using online and a mix of distance learning in order to reach out to those students or trainees with or without internet connection or gadgets in their houses,” she said, citing that TESDA is also preparing CBLM that will guide the trainees on what to do to acquire the competencies and skills for the tasks expected of them.
In blended learning, Co explained that there are areas when the trainees will be in their homes, or in schools, although most of the times they will be in their homes in terms of how they will be be able to relate to CBLM.
“When it comes to skills or obligation performance-based, we are considering some programs that they can do in their houses like those in the agriculture sector,” she said.
She said that for programs like cooking, baking, and other programs for the tourism sector where the equipment are not available in their houses, they should come to the school provided they follow the health measures and protocols.
She said the mode of training is currently streamlined to the specific needs of the clients and the protocols set in this time of pandemic.
Co said TESDA-Siquijor has given information on how to enroll since March and has opened online registration and online application for asessment although there is no schedule yet as to when the classes would start.
All they have to do, she said, is visit TESDA PO Siquijor FB page, click “about”, and they will see the link below on how to start the online registration.
“We are accepting as long as it is available in the province because the design of the online registration for online training allows applicants to select a maximum of three programs,” Co said.
Although application for assessment is still in the process as they are still waiting for go signal from both the provincial and national governments, she said they are already preparing for the online registration.
Interested applicants are encouraged to visit the TESDA Field Office in Lazi, Siquijor or enrol online.
For questions or any concerns about TESDA, visit the TESDA PO Siquijor official FB page at https://www.facebook.com/TESDASiquijorPO/. (rac/PIA7-Siquijor)