Living up to its commitment to improve the quality of life in the country, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) 7 has joined hands with other stakeholders in making a pledge of support to Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) graduates in Central Visayas.

The pledge was marked by the ceremonial signing of Covenant of Support  by DOST 7, along with other government agencies, private firms as well as tech-voc and financing institutions, in line with the celebration of the National Tech-Voc Day last August 25, 2018 at International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) Convention Center, Mabolo, Cebu City.

Engr. Elvie Cenita, DOST 7 Regional Office representative, signed the Covenant of Support signifying the agency’s commitment to help provide job, business and other income opportunities to TVET graduates from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

TVET graduates who qualify as DOST’s parter-beneficiaries may avail themselves of the agency’s funding and technical support in order to enhance the efficiency, productivity and profitability of their economic endeavors through technology and innovation.

Cenita said that, as one of the covenant signatories, DOST 7 is also committed to support the World Cafe of Opportunities (WCO), TESDA’S initiative to improve the economic well-being of TVET graduates through job linkaging and networking services.

WCO is “a one-stop shop for TVET graduates/alumni where national government agencies, private companies as well as tech-voc and financing institutions all converge in strategic locations to offer all possible employment, training and financing opportunities and facilitate higher job-skill matching.”

The initiative is also in line with the current administration’s vision of “uplifting impoverished and unemployed Filipinos to become productive members of the Philippine labor force”.  (by: Licinio Gingoyon)