th 13 National PESO Congress ATTY. TEODORO C. PASCUA Deputy Director General for Field Operations Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) September 25, 2013 Oriental Hotel Palo, Leyte Education for entrepreneurship By Cielito F. Habito Philippine Daily Inquirer Monday, September 23rd, 2013 First, it drives students to be creators, not mere replicators. One gets the sense that too many of our teachers think of education simply as a process of transferring information, which is good for turning out trivia quiz contest champions, but will not produce problem-solvers. Others see it a level higher—i.e., as imparting knowledge, which is of a higher order than information. Information pertains to facts, while knowledge pertains to concepts. But this is not enough. True education imparts not merely knowledge but wisdom, or the ability to organize and make good use of knowledge toward improving people’s lives. Second, entrepreneurship-oriented education trains students for effective social interaction, which is key to successful entrepreneurship. This will not be achieved in a teacher-centered classroom where communication proceeds largely one-way from the teacher to some 40-60 students preoccupied with taking notes. More advanced educational systems promote student-centered classrooms where they are encouraged to interact and work as teams. The effectiveness of the educational system hinges not only on the content but, equally important, on the manner and process by which education takes place, whether in or out of the classroom. Third, entrepreneurship-oriented education encourages students to discover, experiment and take risks. Risk-taking is second nature to good entrepreneurs. A nation of seguristas cannot be a progressive nation. Many of us like to lament how too many Filipino businessmen seem content with imitating and copying others’ successful businesses, rather than creating and pursuing new business ideas. Our history of an importsubstituting industrial policy derives from this attitude, and has led us to a tradition of protectionism whose continuing vestiges still slow us down today in the face of the impending Asean Economic Community. Risk-taking and innovation are not something one learns from books, but are fostered through the approach and manner by which education is delivered by our schools and teachers. Toyota Training Center in Laguna Regional Technical Education and Skills Development Committee (RTESDC) RTESDC is the highest policy-making body on TVET at the regional level. Its functions include orchestrating and steering all skills development activities towards meeting the economic goals, identification of TVET priority areas based on the needs of the region and providing policy recommendations to the TESDA Board and other appropriate bodies. Provincial Technical Education and Skills Development Committee (PTESDC) The members of the Provincial Technical Education and Skills Development Committee (PTESDC) convened last March 12, 2013 at NEMCO Board Room, Surigao City. The meeting was attended by the Regional Director Florencio F. Sunico, Jr. who gave orientation to the PTESDC Members about the Philippine TVET System and the Governing Structure of TESDA. OIC-PD Liza B. Budtan presented the 2012 Provincial TESDC Work Plan. The members gave input to enhance the Plan for implementation in CY2013. The Office Performance Commitment Plan (OPCP) was also presented to the group by Mr. Joselito C. Ecoben. Michelle Anne C. Macahilo from Salay, Misamis Oriental was a graduate of Commercial Cooking NC II, Baking & Pastry Production NC II and Household Services NC II of Kinoguitan National Agricultural School from year 2007-2009 The photo on this page showed Che-che in front of the Selsdon Park Hotel in United Kingdom where she was employed as Catering Assistant and earns £ 6.08/hr. In 2012 Mr. Reynaldo D. Caseres decided to have a formal training in Automotive Servicing NC II at the Provincial Integrated Skills Training Center at Talay, Dumaguete City, and also availed of the TWSP scholarship in Heavy Equipment Operation in Hydraulic Excavation NC II at Cebu Science of Welding & Skills Technology Inc. (CSWSTI), Sibulan, Negros Oriental. Equipped with his national certificates Mr. Caseres was bold enough to apply at the different web sites at the internet for jobs abroad. Lots of offers came from the Middle East but he chose to work and settle with his family in Australia. Meantime, while preparing for his documents for employment, Mr. Caseres accepted job orders at Vema Motors, an automotive shop, home service and overhauling services as a TESDA Specialista in Dumanguete City. Later he was hired as a Project Coordinator of the mobile training programs of the CSWSTI . His monthly income had improved and is sustainable enough to meet the basic needs of his family. He was able to send his two children in school. The eldest is fourth year high school and the second is grade six. He just received his visa and plane ticket for Australia and left Philippines on May l6, 2013. He was hired by Automotive Holdings Group (AHG) at Perth Australia as a truck mechanic with a starting salary of P225,000 a month and with high hopes of bringing his family with him a year after. Mark Anthony Zamora Acera, 25 years old from Barangay Can-upao, Jagna, Bohol. He was one of the recipients of the training for work scholarship program and took Building Wiring Installation NC II at Provincial Training Center –Jagna on January 12, 2009 to March 24, 2009 and passed the national assessment in Building Wiring Installation NC II qualification. After finishing his intensive on the job training, with selfconfidence and strong determination, he went to Manila and applied for work abroad. Wishing luck, he applied two companies having work stations at middle east countries. After months of waiting, he return to his hometown at Jagna, Bohol but luckily just days after, he was called up to start his applied job as an electrician at Riyad, Saudi Arabia. He had been working as Electrician-Technician, Troubleshooting and Inspection Team of company ADEX CONTRACTING, MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS since Oct. 10, 2010 to the present.