TESDA to upgrade maritime training & assessment programs

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has unveiled a training and assessment program that would link major players in the maritime industry and create a pool of trainers and assessors to upgrade their capabilities and increase job opportunity.

According to TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva, the agency is reaching new heights with a comprehensive program for the country’s seafarers. The Philippines is the world’s largest source of seafarers.

“We want to enhance our training and assessment program to make them more equipped and skilled as they set sail all over the globe,” Villanueva said. “Being ambassadors of excellence, dedication and professionalism in the maritime industry and one of the pillars in keeping afloat the economy, Filipino seafarers deserve all the help that government can give,” he said.

Earlier, President Aquino declared June 25 of every year as “Day of the Filipino Seafarer” in recognition of the seafarers’ contribution to the country. In Proclamation No. 183, the President directed the Secretary of the Department of

Transportation and Communications (DoTC) to lead the commemoration of the special day for the Filipino sailors. Other relevant maritime agencies were also asked to support the observance of the important event.

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