COTABATO CITY – A total of 24 technical vocational (tech-voc) graduates received medals, certificates, and cash prizes for being hailed as winners of the recently concluded annual Provincial Skills Competition in Maguindanao on June 24.
The Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education -Technical Education and Skills Education (MBHTE-TESD) conducted the competition on June 21-24 in Rebuken, Sultan Kudarat Municipality.
Participants to the competition were tech-voc graduates from 17 different Technical Vocational Institutions (TVIs) who competed on carpentry, electrical installation and maintenance, information network and cabling, welding, pastry production, and cookery.
Gold medals and P10,000.00 cash were awarded to the champions on the different categories, namely: Abdul Ibrahim of Illana Bay Integrated Computer College Inc. for carpentry; Rauf Esmael of Regional Manpower Development Center (RMDC) for electrical installation and maintenance; Almaira Sukarno of Ibn Taimiyah Foundation Academy, Inc. for information network cabling; Deither Napi of Maguindanao Institute of Technology and Learning Center, Inc. for welding; Charles Arquiolo for bakery/pastry production, and Izza D. Bayogos of VMC Asian College Foundation, Inc. for cookery.
Meanwhile, silver medals and P7,500.00 cash were awarded to first placers, bronze medals and P5,000.00 to 2nd placers, and P2,000.00 to consolation winners. 50% of the winner’s cash prizes will be the equivalent amount of their coaches’ honorarium.
MBHTE-TESD Regional Director Ruby Andong told the competitors to develop and master their skills at all times and do their best for the upcoming regional competitors.
“Para sa mga hindi nabigyan ng pagkatataon na manalo ay mas higit niyo pang pag-aralan ang mga skills na meron kayo. Meron pang mga susunod na provincial competition at huwag kayong mawalan ng pag-asa,” Andong said.
“Sa mga nanalo na magre-representa para sa regional competition, dapat ay pag-igihan niyo pa ang inyong training at pag-aaral dahil umaasa kami sa inyo na makakauwi kayo ng tagumpay para sa Bangsamoro region,” she added.
Electrical installation and maintenance Champion Rauf Esmael said they were grateful to the MBHTE-TESD for giving them the opportunity to showcase their skills and abilities.
“Masaya ako sa tagumpay na nakamtan ko ngayon. Kailangan pa namin mag-practice upang paghandaan ang regional competition, gagawin namin ang makakaya ng team upang kami ay manalo,” Esmael said.
Meanwhile, one of the tech-voc coaches Edisa Mudsor of Welding Category from RMDC stressed that the competitors for each skills area underwent intensive training. “We trained these kids to see more potential in themselves and aside from this, we also teach them the importance and enhancing their talents and skills,” he said.
The winners will be competing in the forthcoming 2022 Regional Skills Competition, which is scheduled to take place in August. (Johaira Sahidala/BIO)