Malaki umano ang magiging papel ng Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) sa pag-angat ng ekonomiya kaya nais ni House Committee on Ways and Means chairperson at Albay Rep. Joey Salceda na gawin na itong departamento.
“We have enough people, but industries are looking for enough skills to locate in a country. As we begin to open the Philippines to foreign investments, we need our people to have the necessary skills to take advantage of new jobs and add value to these industries,” paliwanag ni Salceda.
Nakikipag-usap umano si Salceda sa Executive department upang matiyak na ang panukalang TESDA department ay mayroong pondo para sa upskilling ng may 50 milyong Pilipino.
“COVID-19 killed many industries for good. While we have to help most businesses, we can’t feed dead horses. We need to create new industries here. In my 200-plus consultations with industries during the discussions on the CREATE Act, businesses were clear that their biggest concern was talent,” sabi pa ni Salceda.
Nagawa na umano ito ng TESDA sa Albay ng malikha ang agro-industrial at agro-tourism sector dahil nabigyan ng skills ang mga tao roon.
“By investing in agricultural and agro-tourism infrastructure and skills, we were able to create new agro-tourism and agro-industrial businesses such as farm schools, farm-to-table restaurants, new tourist definitions. We are also producing more food for our people, which keeps prices in check and allows our people to do more with their wages,” dagdag pa ni Salceda.
Maaari umanong gawin din ito sa iba pang probinsya at mas magiging mabilis kung isa ng departamento ang TESDA.
“TESDA is the singular most critical institution in the emerging new economy. So, we need TESDA to be among the strongest institutions of government, as well,” wika pa nito.