Lingayen, Pangasinan —- The two-day 2023 Regional Skills Competition (RSC), joined in by participants representing the different skills trade areas, formally opened on December 18 at the Provincial Training and Development Center 1 (PTDC 1).
Spearheaded by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Region I, the undertaking aimed to showcase the different skills of trainees in their chosen trade area.
The competitors from Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur, and Ilocos Norte will vie in the following trade areas: beauty therapy, cooking, electrical installations, fashion technology, graphic design technology, hairdressing, restaurant service, and welding.
Rocky D. Magliba, Consultant on Education and Community Development/PTESDC Chairperson, who represented Gov. Ramon V. Guico III, said that the governor holds high regard for the significance of education and skills development in shaping the future of the province.
Magliba further said that the governor’s mission revolves around fostering an environment where the potential of the youth is nurtured and their skills are held to perfection.
Thus, the participants represent the embodiment of dedication, hard work, and a commitment to excellence.
Sharing his thoughts about the competition, Magliba said that success is not only defined by victory but also by the knowledge gained, the skills honed, and the camaraderie forged during the journey.
Meanwhile, Joel M. Pilotin, Regional Director (Officer-in-Charge) of TESDA Pangasinan, expressed gratitude to Gov. Ramon V. Guico III for his continued support of the skills development endeavors of TESDA.
RD Pilotin is even more optimistic that Region 1 has a great chance in the national competition.
“Palagay ko naman malaki ang ating tsansa dito kasi talagang pinaghandaan natin, nag best effort po ang mga probinsiya ng buong Region 1 upang sa gayon, sana naman ay makakakuha tayo ng medalya doon sa Philippine National Skills Competition,” he said.
Medals and cash await winners of the regional competition, but more than the cash prize, Pilotin said that it is more important to have good competitors that will represent the entire Region 1.
The RSC winners will be announced on December 19.
Acknowledgment of Participants, Presentation of Experts and Competitors, Oath of Skills Competition, Hoisting of Banners, Cutting of Chains, Declaration of the RSC Opening, and Singing of the TESDA Way formed part of the opening activity.
Gracing the RSC were Regional Director (Officer-in-Charge) TESDA Pangasinan; Provincial Director, PO Ilocos Sur Larry F. Dizon; Ilocos Norte Provincial Director Socorro F. Galanto; RTESD Chairman Robert Ranchez; Chief TESD Specialist, RO 1 Cresencia B. Boac; Administrator, RTC Vice Chair Technical Committee Artemio S. Pulido; and SUPVG. TESD Specialist, PO Pang. Ronald Allan M. Sta. Ana, Chief Administrative Officer Sharon S. Estigoy, and other TESDA-Region 1 dignitaries and officials.
(Chona C. Bugayong, Omar Cruz,/ PIMRO)