TESDA certifies 594,323 Skilled workers in 2010

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An April 1, 2011 press release prepared by the Department of Labor and Employment
In its effort to improve the employability and competitiveness of the Filipino workers, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) certified almost 600,000 workers in 2010, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said yesterday.
Citing a report from TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva, Baldoz said TESDA had assessed a total of 716,220 workers in 2010, of whom 594,323 were certified.
“The assessment and certification of workers determine their capability to perform the standards expected in the workplace based on defined competency standards.  This also ensures the productivity, quality, and global competitiveness of our workers,” Baldoz said.
Those who meet the defined competency standards are awarded with a certification which they can use in applying for jobs, Baldoz added.
The workers  the TESDA assessed the previous years were classified according to sectors such as agri-fisheries, automotive, construction, electronics, footwear and leather goods, furniture and fixtures, garments, health and wellness, information and communication technology (cyber services), maritime, metals and engineering, processed foods, pyrothechnics, and hotel and restaurant, among other sectors.  These sectors are identified under the JobsFit study of the DOLE as key employment generators (KEGs).
The biggest number of workers assessed by TESDA last year belonged to the hotel, restaurant, and tourism sector at 210,201, of whom 178,570 or 85% were certified. This was followed by 164,240 health and wellness workers, of whom 149,074 or 91 percent were certified.
TESDA also certified 97 percent (75,015) of more than 77,000 maritime workers it assessed in 2010.
The agency likewise certified workers from automotive (49,915), metals and engineering (33,441) workers, information and communication technology (32,501), and agri-fisheries (9,629).