Pangasinan II conducts skills upgrading and competition

November 21, 2010 at 8:35 am Leave a comment

By Vrgilio Sar. Maganes

MANGALDAN- More than 100 secondary schools under Pangasinan II Schools Division converged at the Mangaldan National High School here on November 9-10for various trade skills competition under the Student Technologists and Entrepreneurs of the Philippines (STEP) as part of upgrading the students technical skills.

Technology and Livelihood Education Supervisor Virgilio R. Barba said the skills competition was not only focused on winning but more on the goal of upgrading the skills of students including the technology teachers.

“While the winners in this competition have to compete in the regional competition that will be held sometime in the first week of December this year, our focus is not on winning but to upgrade the skills of our students in different trade fields. Winning is secondary. It is the skills acquired that is important in this kind of competition,” Barba said.

This year’s theme is “STEP: Upgrading Skills, Improving Lives.”

In welcoming the participants to the two-day event, school head Dr. Rizalino T. Agpalo, Jr. of Mangaldan National High School underscored the importance of the STEP competition which is upgrade the students’ technical skills to give them the competitive edge in the labor market.

He said that the students and teachers competed not only to learn but also to upgrade their skills to become more productive individuals.

Councilor Teresa “Baby” Abalos who represented Mangaldan Mayor Herminio Romero during the opening of the competition lauded the various schools’ administrators for coming up with the said competition.

“When do trainings of skills begin? Will it be during elementary, secondary or tertiary education?” Abalos asked the audience.

She said that skills training should start from the first teachers who act as parents “who are responsible in developing skills of their children including their character and values.”

She further said that there is a growing skills and jobs mismatch in the country and lamented the fact that 6.9% of the unemployed are mostly college undergraduates and graduates.

“This STEP competition is important for developing the skills of students. This is also a sharing of knowledge and a continuous process of learning,” she said.

Division TLE Coordinator Danilo G. Tacason, Division Agriculture Coordinator Jesus Nazareno and Head Teacher Perlita S. Reyes provided the administrative and operational support to the competition along with selected secondary teachers in the division who served as contest administrators and facilitators.

There were 30 trade skills in the competition and some of them are cocktail mixing, hair trimming and facial make up, bookkeeping, business planning, and residential house wiring.

Other trade skills participated in by the students were T-shirt printing, cake decorating, fabric hand painting, table setting and skirting, bangus deboning and electronic poster making.

Capping the two-day event was the Search for Mr. and Miss Step 2010 where 23 male and female students from various schools in the division competed. They were judged based on beauty and personality, talent and intelligence.

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