by Edmar Concon Pabia

GINGOOG CITY – Under the able leadership of Mayor Marie de Lara Guingona, the provincial office of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) under Director Leo Vega Velez has awarded this city being the Most Outstanding Local Government Unit (LGU) for two consecutive years in 2013 and 2014 in the criterion with best performing Community Training and Employment Center (CTEC) which is efficiently implementing technological and vocational programs and scholarships.

The office of the lady executive has been informed by CTEC’s head and manpower specialist Mrs. Hiyasmin Almonia Apao “that the said recognition is based on the implementation of technological and vocational courses in various TESDA-accredited institutions in this city. This award highly considers public-private partnerships on skilled workers’ employability percentage here and abroad, and on our city’s diligence in complying with the agency’s requirements and policies in providing choices to jobless, indigent, marginalized, out-of-school youths who interestingly assess their potentials and resort to CTEC in embarking to their dreams“.

Director Velez has noted that Mayor Guingona’s administration enabled to energize school-based training and techno-preneurship with P7,6661,714.78 in 2014 in which fund derived the LGU’s coffers and from TESDA in the form of bottoms-up budgeting (BUB) which is presently known as Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process (GPBP).

“This allocation has provided better opportunities in enthusiastic residents inhabiting in 79 barangays of which 40 of them belonged to rural, 10 classified to coastal and 29 identified as urbanized. Due to agency’s sustainable scholarships, many Gingoognons have harnessed their skills, engineered their abilities and fashioned for their brighter future both locally and globally”, remarks the city’s highest leader.