A home-based blogger from Batuan, Bohol won the top prize in the first blog entry contest held by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
The grand prize winner, Irish Blanca D. Igcol, 26, published her winning piece, “Sa TESDA, May Choice Ka” in her blog site, Creative Thoughts, winning over 23 other blog entries.
Irish earns a living as a freelance web content and copy writer, social media manager, and virtual assistant. She started her blog in November 2007 and has since then written articles about life, books, and self-development. Now a hands-on housewife and mother, Irish was the editor-in-chief of her school publication at the St. Anthony Academy high school. She was also president of the student body organization and class valedictorian.
TESDA invited bloggers nationwide to submit a 300 to 500-word single blog entry on the agency slogan.
Irish wrote that while the Philippines is blessed with natural resources that allow many Filipinos to make a living out of traditional livelihood such as raising livestock and farming, there is a greater need for many to have stable and well-paying jobs. Not everyone has the opportunity to go to college or university and finish a degree. This is where TESDA comes into the picture.
Irish agrees with TESDA that it is not the lack of jobs that is the main problem of the local job market, but rather the lack of people who are fit for these jobs.
Other winners are Ronald Francisco Chan Delima for Most Informative Blog, Rachelle Maniego Nessia for Most Creative Blog, and Darlene Anne Alcantara for Reader’s Choice Award.
INCREASED WEB PRESENCE
The blog contest is part of TESDA’s social marketing and advocacy campaign for its flagship programs which aims to improve the public's perception of technical education and skills development and increase patronage of technical- vocational courses.
To increase its web presence, TESDA has ventured into using the Internet as a tool for information dissemination and as a public feedback mechanism through its website and Facebook pages.
Since its establishment in 1998, TESDA has helped millions of Filipinos get a job in the skilled occupations. Skilled workers can also sit for assessment and be certified in their chosen trades or qualifications if they want to work abroad.
Truly in TESDA, one has a choice for a better life and a brighter future through a stable job. Poverty is no longer an excuse for not being educated, trained, skilled and employed.
For more information on TESDA programs and services, call 887-7777, send SMS message 09174794370 (Globe) 09182738232 (Smart) or follow us in Facebook (TESDA, Sec Joel Villanueva TESDA) and Twitter (SecJOELngTESDA).
reposted from mb.com.ph