TESDA to conduct CRDA Summit in Pagadian City

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By Claro A. Lanipa (ALT/CAL/PIA9-Zamboanga del Sur)

PAGADIAN CITY, 9 Dec (PIA) – To solicit and consolidate programs and commitments for infrastructure and economic development for the region, a summit on the Comprehensive Reform Development Agenda (CRDA) spearheaded by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will be conducted on December 13, 2016 at Springland Resort, this city.

TESDA Provincial Director Eulalio B. Lumactod said the summit aims to identify the needs and requirements of industries and other sectors, as well as the infrastructure and economic development projects that will be incorporated as commitment in the CRDA program from 2016 to 2022.

Participants to the CRDA Summit are office heads or representatives, planning officers and engineers of local government units (LGUs), civil society groups and peoples organizations, concerned national government agencies (NGAs), industry groups, Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) association/academe, other TVET partners and stakeholders and the media.

TESDA Director General Guiling “Gene” A. Mamondiong will present the Comprehensive Reform Development Agenda during the summit.

CRDA was simultaneously launched last October 29, 2016 in Regions 9, 10 and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to uplift the lives of residents in the region and other conflict-affected areas in Mindanao.

Among the programs, projects and services covered by CRDA are scholarships and skills training from TESDA and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED); water projects from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG); agricultural machineries, equipment and seedlings from the Department of Agriculture (DA); banca, fish gear and gill nets from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR);

Medical equipment and supplies from the Department of Health (DOH); supplemental feeding from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD); employment opportunities under the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) and livelihood support from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE); and the distribution of health cards from the PhilHealth.