PH team wins gold, bronze in int’l skills contest » Manila Bulletin News



By Martin A. Sadongdong

The Philippines once again shone in the international scene as the country’s two-man delegation brought home gold and bronze medals in the 1st China International Skills Competition (CISC) 2017 held recently in Suzhou and Shanghai, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) announced Wednesday.

TESDA director Guiling Mamondiong cited Joven Hayagan, who won a gold medal in the IT Software Solutions for Business category, and his partner Jalanie Dimacaling, who got a bronze medal in the Web Design category of the International Skills Competition.

(TESDA Facebook Page / Manila Bulletin)

“This is a big honor for the Philippines after our contestants won medals in the skills competition. Because of this, we have shown the world that Filipinos are at par with other nationalities in terms of talent and skills,” Mamondiong said.

Hayagan and Dimacaling proved their worth after competing with more than 400 participants, considered as experts and world skills members, from the 35 countries that took part in the CISC 2017 which was held from June 5 to 9.

Further, Mamondiong disclosed that up to 21 competition skills and 24 demonstration skills were displayed during the CISC 2017 event.

The TESDA director noted that winning in international skills competition attested to the standard of Filipino skills, adding that TESDA will continue to uplift the level of vocational education in the country.

TESDA is responsible for training and honing the skills of its technical-vocational (tech-voc) graduates who participate in various local and international competitions.

The 1st CISC was the largest international skills competition since the founding of the People’s Republic of China, co-organized by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security-Shanghai Municipal People’s Government and Jiangsu Provincial People’s Government.

TESDA said that aside from the CISC 2017, Hayagan and Dimacaling have brought honor to the country by winning international and local skills competitions.

Hayagan was a silver medalist in the 11th ASEAN Skills Competition held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2016; a gold medalist in the Philippines National Skills Competition also last year, and a gold medalist in the Bicol Regional Skills Competition this 2017. He was also hailed as champion in the province-wide Computer Programming Challenge in 2015.

Dimacaling was a bronze medalist in the 11th ASEAN Skills Competition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2016; a gold medalist in the Philippines National Skills Competition, 2016; a gold medalist in the Regional Skills Competition, 2015; and a gold medalist both in Baguio and Benguet Skills Competitions in 2015.


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