The Technical Education and Skills Authority (TESDA) and Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC) have renewed their tie-up to bring technical vocational education and training (tech-voc) programs closer to the public.
For another year starting this month, shoppers and mall goers at Robinsons' 19 sites all over the country will continue to find TESDA Specialista Desks manned by personnel who are ready to assist people who need information on the agency's scholarship and other programs.
TESDA, represented by Secretary Joel Villanueva, and RLC, through its president and chief executive officer Frederick Go signed the memorandum of agreement on Monday, September 29, formalizing the partnership for the project.
"Through Robinsons Land's Lingkod Pinoy Center, government services, such as TESDA's programs and projects have become more accessible to the general public," Villanueva said.
"Now, Filipinos can equate malling at Robinsons not just with shopping, having fun, and eating, but with learning about technical vocational education and training as well," he said.
The TESDA Specialista Desks aim to bring the agency's services to the public in one convenient location. It will serve as link between the agency and the people by providing information about the agency's available programs and services.
The desks will be manned by TESDA personnel who will provide services during office hours.
People who will visit the desks may get information on available scholarship programs, apprenticeship or learnership programs, available tech-voc courses, and assessment and certification among others. The personnel will also provide career guidance and counseling.
In May 2013, TESDA and RLC first signed a MOA creating the desks, which became operational in Robinsons' 15 malls across the country.
From July 2013 to August 31, 2014, the TESDA desks have catered to a total of 33, 436 people who have approached the desks or booth for information about the agency and its programs.
Participating malls are Robinsons Place Pangasinan; Robinsons Place Santiago, Isabela; Robinsons Starmills Pampanga; Robinsons Luisita Tarlac; Robinsons Place Cavite; Robinsons Sta. Rosa Market Laguna; Robinsons Cainta, Rizal; Robinsons Place Iloilo; Robinsons Place Roxas, Capiz; Robinsons Fuente Cebu; Robinsons Dumaguete, Negros Oriental; Robinsons Cagayan de Oro; Robinsons Place GenSan, Sarangani; and Robinsons Place Butuan, Agusan del Norte.
Additional TESDA desks will also be available in Robinsons malls that are opening soon -- Robinsons Malolos, Bulacan; Robinsons Place Palawan; Robinsons Ilocos Norte; and, Robinsons Tagum, Davao del Norte. END