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TESDA and SoKor continue to collaborate to advance skill development.

To increase Filipinos’ ability to compete in skill competitions, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) said on Wednesday that it is maintaining its relationship with South Korea.

Aniceto “John” Bertiz III, the deputy director general of TESDA, represented the nation at Seoul’s recently finished K-STAR (Korea Skills Transfer for Aspiring Regions) program.

Through its organization, the Global Institute for Transferring Skills, the Human Resource Development Service of Korea (HRDKorea) took the initiative to develop cooperation with partner nations like the Philippines, Uzbekistan, Costa Rica, and Azerbaijan.

“(During the program scheduled from August 26 to September 2), I talked about developing the skills of our competitors and experts in preparation for the Singapore-based Asean Skills Competition in 2023. The scope of the training and its duration will be discussed soon, “Bertiz stated in an interview with the Philippine News Agency.

The South Korean government covered the costs of the K-STAR initiative.

According to him, this program also aims to increase capacity and knowledge among stakeholders in skills competitions and to give participants the chance to watch the Korea National Skills Competition and its administration. Additionally, it provides a forum for exchanging knowledge in the area of skill development.

“Globally, HRDKorea has promoted the importance of skill competition. They may have viewed us as a strategic partner to advance skill development through competition within the region because we are a member of WorldSkills International and engage in the international skills competition, “said Bertiz.

In June 2021, TESDA and HRDKorea inked a collaboration pact. According to the agreement, representatives from the Philippines would travel to South Korea to take part in initiatives like the K-STAR program. Last year, several online seminars were held. The initiative will last through December 2023.

The Changwon Exhibition and Convention Center (CECO) in Gyeongnam province hosted the National Skills Competition’s opening ceremony. However, the competition’s real locations were various stadiums in Changwon, Gimhae, Jinju, and Sancheon.

On August 31st, representatives from the Philippines attended a session on talent competitions where HRDKorea project manager Youngil Cho spoke about the South Korean system of skill competitions.

A government agency under the Ministry of Employment and Labor of South Korea is HRDKorea.

Bertiz expressed his excitement for further cooperation between HRDKorea and TESDA in developing fresh, cutting-edge concepts for long-term skill development.

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