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Digital Skills Advancement in the Philippines

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In a significant leap towards bolstering the capabilities of the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) Service Quality Improvement Programme (SQIP) beneficiaries, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) recently ran a pivotal Training Needs Assessment at the ATOA, Palawan Hall in Zamboanga City on January 17, 2024.

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The central focus of the Training Needs Assessment was the meticulous identification of specific areas in need of skill enhancement among a diverse group of participants, all recipients of the DOLE SQIP initiative.

TESDA, a prominent player in shaping technical education and skills in the Philippines, collaborated with DOLE to spearhead this groundbreaking initiative. The event emerged as a crucial platform for pinpointing precise skill gaps within the DOLE SQIP beneficiaries.

Anna Katrina Guhiting, Administrative Officer of TESDA IX Regional Training Centre in Zamboanga City, took centre stage as the resource speaker, sharing invaluable insights into the significance of identifying training needs to effectively bridge existing skill gaps. Her expertise in administrative matters and training programmes brought a crucial perspective to the event, enriching the discussions and contributing to the overall success of the initiative.

Participants enrolled in the SQIP programme actively participated in discussions, providing valuable input on their training requirements and the challenges encountered in their respective fields. The interactive nature of the session facilitated a comprehensive understanding of the diverse skill sets and learning needs within the group.

By identifying and addressing specific skill gaps, this initiative aims to enhance the overall effectiveness of the SQIP programme, ensuring that beneficiaries are well-equipped to meet the demands of their respective industries.

DOLE’s primary objective is to leverage the insights gained from the assessment to design and implement precisely targeted training interventions. This strategic approach ensures that SQIP beneficiaries receive training aligned with their career aspirations and the dynamic demands of their respective industries.

The successful collaboration between TESDA and DOLE in Zamboanga City’s Training Needs Assessment reflects a commitment to fostering a skilled and competent workforce. The active engagement and collaborative spirit displayed during the session underscore the commitment of both TESDA and DOLE to equip the Filipino workforce with tailored and relevant skills needed to thrive in today’s dynamic job market.

As this initiative paves the way for more effective and personalised training interventions, it signifies a significant step towards the overarching goal of enhancing the overall competitiveness of the Filipino workforce.

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In a similar effort to boost skills development in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), TESDA Region 9 and Basilan offices are actively collaborating to empower the local workforce.

During a recent meeting at the TESDA Basilan Provincial Training Centre, the teams discussed initiatives aimed at enhancing vocational and technical training programmes in the region, fostering a culture of innovation, and adapting to the dynamic needs of BARMM residents.

Under the leadership of TESDA Region 9, targeted efforts have been launched to equip BARMM residents with the competencies needed to thrive in today’s job market. The collaboration focuses on promoting vocational and technical skills aligned with emerging industries, tailoring training modules to address specific local economic needs.

The synergy reflects inclusivity, showcasing a commitment to inspire all members of the BARMM community. This partnership stands as a beacon of hope for a more resilient and economically vibrant Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

The collaborative efforts between TESDA and DOLE in Zamboanga City exemplify a shared commitment to empowering individuals with the skills necessary to excel in their chosen fields, marking a positive stride towards a more skilled and resilient workforce in the Philippines.


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