At Women’s Month, Baldoz bares more females certified for skills in 2013
Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said the DOLE joins the nation in the celebration of Women’s Month this March, adding that as a woman, she takes pride in announcing that newly-certified skilled female workers rose higher and slightly surpassed their skilled male counterparts in 2013.
“The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority’s assessment and certification results for 2013 shows that of the 901,682 candidates certified by the agency, 50.6 percent, or 456,582, were female, surpassing by 11,482, or two percent, the certified males at 445,100,” said Baldoz.
Baldoz said the TESDA report is positive since both male and female workers complement each others’ skills in the workplace. “Together, as skilled workers, men and women workers contribute the country’s competitiveness and growth,” she said.
The labor and employment chief said it is heartening to know that more females are being certified for their skills competence, explaining that this can only be a result of the DOLE’s gender advocacy pursuant to the overarching goal of President Benigno S. Aquino III in his 22-point labor and employment agenda “to invest in our country’s top resource, our human resource, to make us more competitive and employable, while promoting industrial peace based on social justice” by aligning the country’s labor policies with the best standards towards gender-friendly workplaces that promote the welfare of both male and female workers.
In 2013, the highest number of women certified for skills competence were in the health, social, and community development services sector, with 197,365 workers certified. This is followed by women in the tourism sector (183,097); information and communications technology sector (27,947); electronics sector (10,439); processed foods sector (9,600); garments sector (8,894); and agriculture and fishery sector (6,603).
Women certified by the TESDA outnumbered the men in health, social, and community development services sector; tourism; and garments; while men outnumber the women in automotive, with 87,141 male workers certified; construction, 57,712; refrigeration and air-conditioning, 5,429; ICT, 34,276; maritime, 32,676; metals and engineering, 55,890; and agriculture and fishery, with 9,222 male workers certified.
Despite being exceeded by females in tourism, the sector accounted for the highest number of TESDA-certified males at 117,738.
The TESDA, an attached agency of the DOLE, assessed 1,019,022 workers in 2013 and certified 901,682, achieving a certification rate of 88.5 percent.
Baldoz said this is the highest number of workers assessed and the highest certification rate achieved by the TESDA since the Aquino III administration assumed office. In 2010, the TESDA certified 594,323 out of 716,220 assessed workers; in 2011, it certified 703,360 out of 835,572 workers; and in 2012, the agency assessed 830,458 more out of 968,535 workers, or a total of 3,539,349 workers assessed and 3,029,823 workers certified for skills competence during the four-year period.
Relative to this, Baldoz encouraged workers and students to pursue skills training and upgrading and anticipate this year the fourth-year implementation of the TESDA’sNational Competency and Certification activity.
“I urge our workers in industries and in all TVET schools to pursue the recognition and benefits of skills assessment and certification,” she said.
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