MOA expands opportunities in Tourism skills training
PHILIPPINES. Manila Times (05 September 2023) - The Department of Tourism (DoT) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) on Thursday sealed a 5-year formal partnership to expand opportunities for the training of tourism workers to meet the demands of the tourism industry post-pandemic.
The signing of the memorandum of agreement (MoA) was led by Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco and Tesda Director General Suharto Mangudadatu with DoT Undersecretaries Mae Elaine Bathan and Ferdinand Jumapao as well as Tesda Deputy Director Generals Vidal Villanueva 3rd, Rosanna Urdaneta and Aniceto Bertiz 3rd as witnesses.
Under the DoT and Tesda partnership, local communities would be provided with tourism skills training, training regulations, competency standards, competency-based curricula and competency assessment tools.
Frasco said this partnership will support the president's vision of making tourism "a pivotal and reliable economic pillar for the Philippines fostering prosperity and enriching the lives of millions of Filipinos."
"This memorandum of agreement between Tesda and the DoT will further the development of our human capital in the Philippines as well as empower individuals to contribute effectively to the recovery, resilience, innovation and sustainability of the industry in the post-pandemic era," Frasco said.
Other partnerships between the DoT and TESDA also included the implementation of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations mutual recognition arrangement for tourism professionals and the review and updating of training regulations for industry workers.
The event was part of the series of activities for the Tesda 29th anniversary and National Tech-Voc Day, held at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.
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