Life is a cycle that, whether we like it or not, we have to pass the baton to the next generation.
As we continue our journey towards professional advancement, there will always be new buds to rise from fertile ground, filling the gaps we leave behind.
However, gold will never become precious jewelry until it is crafted and shaped. Just as a baby will never learn to walk until they have been taught to do so.
We all may have come into the industry raw and full of potential, but we see, after being formed and developed, where we are today.
Last week, I completed the minimum requirements for the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Trainers’ Methodology course.
I would like to commend TESDA, Central Philippine State University (CPSU), and the Department of Education-Division of Kabankalan City (DepEd-Kabankalan) for prioritizing this course. Not everybody has the opportunity of having this type of course available and I feel very privileged to be a beneficiary.
Many may not understand why these programs exist or why we must go through this type of coursework, but now we do. Having completed the minimum requirements, we become arms of the government agency in helping our brothers and sisters acquire the same opportunities.
These government programs uplift the lives of Filipinos, helping develop the populace to become responsible members of their community. This results in providing a decent life and eliminating poverty.
These government programs also give people hope.
It is also a challenge for us who have gone through TESDA programs to ensure the skills we have learned are properly passed on to students and future trainees.
Our future and the future of the country rely on us. While the country’s largest contributors are still overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), we should also be equipping them with skills and knowledge to ensure we are exporting a competitive workforce.
Lastly, I would like to congratulate Kabankalan City Mayor Isidro Zayco; Vice Mayor Raul Rivera; DepEd Assistant Superintendent Anthony Liobet; TESDA Provincial Director Joel Villagracia; TESDA Regional Training Center Administrator, Engr. Pablo Cortez, Jr.; DepEd-Kabankalan Chief Education Supervisor Cecilia Abello; Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE) Supervisor Elve Verde; Dr. Fernando Abello of CPSU; Dr. Raymund Antonio; and the rest who worked hard to have this program realized.
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Over the weekend, I had another opportunity to share my gift with a new batch of aspiring sports writers, sharing pointers with University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R) students at the Write Start 2017: A Campus Journalism Seminar-Workshop, presented by the school’s official publication, “The Tolentine Star.”
I am happy to be a part of their journeys.
I felt their eagerness and hunger to learn the craft and, soon, perhaps they will earn a chance at becoming one of the great names among the sports circle.
Well done to Tolentine Star Advisor Ivy Aboy, Editor-In-Chief Alyssa Marie Arceno, Managing Editor Angelika King, and all the people behind the successful event./WDJ