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TESDA, partners, link to train future technopreneurs

TAGUIG CITY, Philippines – A fresh batch of graduates of skills development program combined with entrepreneurship education have completed the training course looking at the bright prospect that they would soon join the workforce as employees or be their own boss.
Yesterday, November 26, the new graduates were feted at the 4th Culminating Activity of the JPMC Entrepreneurship Education for Community Development Program held at Recruitment Hub, Net Plaza Building in Taguig City.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. Foundation conceptualized the program and implemented it tapping the assistance of Bayan Academy and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
In his message to the graduates, TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva said the government and private institutions could never go wrong when they invest in the education of the youth.
“Our technical-vocational (tech-voc) programs are geared towards providing employment to our graduates. Combined with entrepreneurship modules, these programs could help produce technopreneneurs who could generate employment opportunities not only for themselves but even for their families and communities,” Villanueva said.
Villanueva thanked JPMorgan Chase & Co. for its commitment to promote skilled Filipinos for nation-building and for Bayan Academy’s innovation for infusing entrepreneurship modules in TESDA courses.
JPMorgan, one of the world’s leading financial services firm, started the program in 2010 aiming to advocate change and empower people in poor areas through holistic community development programs that ranged from education for children, livelihood assistance, and deployment of water towers, technical skills and entrepreneurship training.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. Philippines executives headed by Mr. Robert Panlilio, senior country officer and Ms. Pixie Gutierrez, vice president and head of communications attended the event. Bayan Academy was represented by its chairman and president Dr. Eduardo A. Morato, Jr., Ms. Gina Lopez, chairperson of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Ms. Marietta Goco, Bayan Academy Board of Trustee and Mr. Raul Manikan, executive director.
The technopreneurship program through private and public collaboration is a powerful formula in addressing unemployment in the country, he said.
He also acknowledged the partners and industry players who were responsible in ensuring the high employment rate of the graduates.
Of the 395 scholars, 80 are from Baseco, while the rest are from different cities of Metro Manila and provinces of Palawan, Victorias, Negros Occidental, Bansalan, Davao del Sur, Tagaytay, Cavite, Porac, Pampanga, and General Santos.
The program has been expanded to other areas in the country with the support of TESDA and its regional and district offices.

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.