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TESDA-accredited workers to get promotion, salary increase - Villanueva

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Companies will soon require skilled workers such as cooks and drivers, among others, to get accreditation as basis for hiring, promotion and salary increase, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General Emmanuel Joel Villanueva said on Thursday.

"We want to break the notion that the only way to be successful is to get a college diploma. There are other ways to overcome poverty," Villanueva said in a 'Talking Points' forum organized by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and the Philippine Information Agency.

"We have been very sensitive to the needs of the industry," he said, adding that the agency is involved in various steps such as education to help these skilled workers find employment after graduation.

He cited a study by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), indicating that the government must produce one million jobs annually to reduce poverty.

TESDA has been helping Filipino workers with excellent skills to get accreditation to enable them to get legitimate and better-paying jobs.

Villanueva noted more than 17 sectors were identified to produce millions of jobs annually, including manufacturing, agribusiness, seafaring, infrastructure, mining, tourism and business process outsourcing (BPO) industries.

He added the BPO Association of the Philippines is a US$ 25-billion industry and will require millions of Filipino manpower in the coming years.

Likewise, firms from The Netherlands this early had expressed interest in hiring newly-graduated seafarers, he said.

The country produces 30 percent of seafarers in the world, one of the top and preferred suppliers of crewmen.

He noted that the country is also an emerging source of talents of animation for companies like Hollywood-based Pixar Entertainment and Disney.

"Of course it helps to have formal education but talent and TESDA accreditation can be a start. We have a company in Pasig specializing in animation," he said. (PNA/PIA9-BST)




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