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Mindanao can be the next hub of technopreneurs

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In the face of encouraging advantage in technology, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Mindanao is pushing for techno-preneurship to reinvigorate the Mindanao technical and vocational industry.

Secretary Luwalhati Antonino, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) chair, has urged key Mindanao technovoc industry players who gathered in Davao City for the 10th Human Resource and Skills Development Conference to take advantage of their technical knowledge and training in modern technology.

Also present in the gathering was TESDA director general Joel Villanueva.

In his speech at the conference ,themed "Technopreneurship: New Approaches, New Technologies, Creating Jobs, Improving Lives," Villanueva stressed that a more active approach to developing technopreneurship is one of the major reforms currently being pursued by the Mindanao Technical Vocational Education and Training Association (MinTVET) and TESDA, especially at the regional level.

He said that the reforms are intended to make TVET programs more relevant, efficient, and widely accessible for the youth and skilled workers.

"I dream of the day that I will be standing tall and proud seeing how a fellow Filipino, a Mindanaon at that, getting worldwide recognition for introducing a phenomenal social networking site next to Facebook," Villanueva said.

In recent surveys, many techno-savvy Filipinos here and abroad have become successful in their fields and have found their places across different industries with the advantage of information and communication technology (ICT).

TESDA and MinTVET, recognizing entrepreneurship as a successful way to bridge poverty and improved living, are encouraging many Filipinos to make use of their skills in technology to create wealth and not be limited to employment alone.

Villanueva said there is more work to do to give technopreneurship the advancement it needs as TESDA is also working on its own improvement aligned with global standards.

Other key reforms being pushed for MinTVET include the review of TVET curriculum and strengthening the TVET workforce through skills-enhancement programs that equip trainors and encourage work efficiency and productivity.

Villanueva said he also also hoped to make technical education more significant in human resource training.

Along the line of making Mindanao the next hub of skilled and highly able technical workers, Antonino also strongly pushed for a more active pursuit of resources and wealth-creating activities for the technopreneurs of Mindanao.

Antonino also enjoined small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across Mindanao to undertake a massive and deliberate effort to develop enterprises as one of the wealth creation initiatives being pushed under the Mindanao 2020 Peace and Development Framework Plan. (PNA/PIA9-BST)




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