Oliver Bugarin 1 0 0 4 min to read

TESDA is now again under DOLE’s control.

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority is once again under the direction of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) (TESDA).

Friday saw the signing of Executive Order (EO) 5, which moved control of TESDA from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

The EO stated that “the TESDA is at this moment connected to the DOLE for policy and program coordination” and that it would go into effect immediately.

The national government has made it a priority to “rationalize the functional structures of agencies with complementary mandates and improve coordination, efficiency, and organizational coherence in the bureaucracy,” according to EO 5.

By Section 7 of the Republic Act (RA) 7796, which established TESDA in 1994, the DOLE Secretary is appointed as chairperson of the TESDA Board under EO 5.

The Labor Secretary and the Secretaries of Education and DTI will alternate as co-chairs of the TESDA Board, according to Section 7.

The secretaries of local government and agriculture as well as the director-general of the TESDA Secretariat serve on the board.

According to the EO, by Section 16 of RA 7796, the position classification and remuneration structure that applies to the officials and workers of the TESDA shall comply with the Salary Standardization Law and other applicable legislation.

Nothing in this document “shall be construed to limit or impair any lawful remuneration or benefits now enjoyed by incumbent officials and employees,” according to EO 5.

The remaining provisions that are not changed by the publication of EO 5 will remain in force.

The main organization in charge of developing technical education and skills development strategies, plans, and programs is TESDA, which was established by RA 7796. Developing any national-level plan, TESDA considers enhanced links between industry, labor, and government.

TESDA absorbed the duties and authority of the former National Manpower and Youth Council and the Bureau of Local Employment’s apprenticeship program with RA 7796.

After putting TESDA under the management of the now-defunct Office of the Cabinet Secretary with the signing of EO 1 in 2016 and EO 67 in 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte transferred control of the agency to the DTI.

Danilo Cruz, the director general of TESDA, promised to collaborate with DOLE to increase access to livelihood opportunities, employment, and skill development.

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