Olongapo City Skills Training Center

Thursday, July 16, 2009


Who could imagine that a once simple inexperienced lad from Olongapo will be chosen as one of the 12 finalists in the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Idol Search 2009?

Nelson P. Guzman, a former Shielded Metal Arc Welding trainee of Olongapo City’s Skills Training Center recently visited the city to personally thank Mayor James ‘’Bong’’ Gordon, Jr. for the opportunity that was given to him, placing him to where he is now. Guzman, a former fruit and ice drop vendor grew up in a shabby environment said, “Poverty is not a hindrance to success”.

He worked hard and became a TESDA certified Shielded Metal Arc welder, and now an accomplished trainer at New Era University, Pampanga.

“I congratulate Mr. Guzman for a job well done, we should always strive to reach our goals and let’s continue fighting for excellence,” Mayor Gordon said.

Coming from the different regions across the nation, the 12 finalists are competing for the National level TESDA Idol Search slated on August 25, 2009 on TESDA’s 15th anniversary.

“TESDA recognizes the talent of Filipino skilled workers as it promotes the successful skills training-to-job employment-journey of 12 candidates who took TESDA courses,” TESDA director general Syjuco said.

Winners will receive cash prizes, trophies and TESDA Pangulong Gloria Scholarships from TESDA Director General Augusto Boboy Syjuco.


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