TAGUM CITY –“We open the year 2023 with something big as we bring all our development partners together in another historic gathering in this DavNor Industry Forum” said Kuya Gov. Edwin I. Jubahib to more than 200 industry players during the opening of the first ever DavNor Industry Forum yesterday, January 18, 2023 at DavNor Gym, DNSTC, Mankilam, Tagum City. Said activity was closely collaborated with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and jointly supported by the Department of Labor & Employment (DOLE) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

In his inspirational message, Gov. Jubahib emphasized the need to supply in-demand expertise to produce the goods and services. He further stressed that, “This gathering comes timely with the present economic climate to gradually move forward after the height of the COVID-19. It gives us the unique opportunity to catalyze the programs and services to be more responsive and demand-driven through the conduct of participatory dialogue.”

Gov. Jubahib made it a point to look into the supply and demand gap of the workforce and lay a clear roadmap on how to provide the pool of human resources with globally competitive skills to have access to quality and sustainable job and livelihood opportunities. He enjoined the industry players and partner-stakeholders as well by saying, ”With high hope in the future, I implore to all our development partners to sustain the support needed to reach the attainment of our workforce development and to ensure that any national initiative can contribute to the strengthening of our labor force that are harmonized and implemented in the province”. In support to Agricultural Sector, Gov. Jubahib distributed Starter Kit to ten (10) KAAGAPAY Associations to start up their additional livelihood undertaking through agri-products value-adding initiatives.

Also gracing the occasion were TESDA Acting Regional Director, Dr. Remegias G. Timonio, TESDA-Davao del Norte Provincial Director Leah D. Braga, DOLE Regional Director, Atty. Randolf C. Pensoy, Engr. Marivic Adriatico represented DTI Provincial Director Romeo Castanaga, Mr. Audrey Perez represented the Office of Congressman Pantaleon D. Alvarez of District 1, Provincial Administrator-Engr. Josie Jean R. Rabanoz, and Asst. Provincial Administrator for Operations, Engr. Maria Hazel C. Zafra.

Talk, conversations and forum followed immediately after the opening program that revolved around the discussion of TVET Current Outlook and Roadmap including the Area-Based Driven TVET, Entrepreneurship, General Labor Laws, Employment Services, DavNor Invest Incentives and Workforce Development Plan that have been considered to combat job and skills mismatch and entrepreneurial support issues. The activity provided the opportunity for the industry to share its views and to discuss matters of common interest both public and private participants (from academe, industries and government sectors). It has hoped that said forum will help speed up and improve communication channels within the firm and with outside parties.

The conducted forum was so engaging where the participants tried out to map the ways forward on how to handle issues and challenges among industries and other stakeholders for better policy reforms and improvement of practices through resolutions in the next couple of months.

Writer: PESO-Davao del Norte




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