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Vol. XVI No. 2
March - April 2004

  IN  Ba Kamo, O Kami an OUT?

  Damayan Spirit Works in CIVAC '04

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Garments Technology

by: Jose G. Geñorga

                At the beginning, we envisioned to establish a learning institution that will help reduce poverty.  We believe this could be done by offering technical and short-term courses.  Today, BNVTS has emerged like a jeweled mantle…slowly adopting…readjusting to TESDA’s mandate and reform programs.


                The Game theory presented two strategical process of operation in TESDA.  One is devolution of functions of CBTED to LGUs and retionalization of the transfer of Secondary Schools to DECS (DepEd).  Whatever it is, we need refurbishment of action for a quality TVET.  Since 1990 Philippine TVET has undergone serious review.  The congressional Committee on Education (Edcom) has analyzed the entire Philippine Educational System and came up with the three mandated educational branches:  the CHED, TESDA, and DECS (DepEd).  From 1996 to 1998 studies were conducted by TESDA financed by World Bank and ADB to improve quality technical education.

                In TESDA, 1994 to 1999 was the first five-year cycle which focused on the following: 1995 as the Transition Period, 1996 – Reengineering for Competitiveness, 1997 – Improving TVET Policy Environment, 1998 – Kasanayan Kabuhayan, 1999 – Employment Enhancement and workers protection.  The 2nd 5-year cycle was under the new millennium era characterized by clear reformulation of TESDA’s Vision, Mission, and Value Statement.  During this cycle TVET has three prolonged directions focused on global competitiveness, rural development, and social integration. In line with this, TESDA presented 7 strategic directions. These were the following: AUTHORITY, PARTNERING, CENTER OF EXCELLENCE, ASSESSMENT AND CERTIFICATION SYSTEM, DUAL TRAINING, CONVERGENCE AND ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT, AND OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT.Building wiring and electricity students on the go!

                Another program under the second cycle of operation was QUALITY ASSURED TESD which means TESDA as Authority shall also be responsible for ensuring Quality in all aspect of TVET.

                The Unified TVET Programs Registration and Accreditation System (UTPRAS) and the TESDA Occupational Qualification and Certification System (TOQCS) were TESDA’s major responses towards quality assurance.

                At present we have the PTQF (Philippine TVET Qualification Framework) wherein this strategy gives recognition to the qualification and certifies the skilled workers.  The structure of the PTQF is the basis for giving recognition to the attainment of knowledge, skills, and attitudes in occupations along the middle-level profession.  The TESDA training system includes the development of competency standards, TVET program, registration and accreditation of training delivery and assessment and certification.  The PTQF has four levels of skills: NC I, NC II, NC III, and National Certificate IV.Systems upgrade

                The third 5-year cycle of the TESDA will start from year 2005 to and end in 2009.  This is characterized as cyber TVET.  There will be a break through, a major revolution in education and training, and major paradigm and structural shifts.  There will be a new agenda, new rules, new non-traditional approaches, and the major concern or access in infrastructure and cost.  This will be the time of K-VET, K-TESDA, K-Stakeholders, K-Customer.  There will also be abundant knowledge and information that would allow self-generation in the system.

                The TESDA Corporate Plan or Goals for 2005-2009 are:

1.        To ensure the TVET System will produce internally competent workers who meet the skills needed by the economy

2.        TESDA’s TVET information support the development of policies and programs directed at meeting the needs of customers.

3.        Industry-driven Philippine TVET Qualification program

4.        Accredited TVET Provider providing quality assured TVET programs conforming to the Industry-developed standards

5.        TESDA is an organization with World-Class competencies committed to continuous improvement.


Little Harvest  (S.Y. 2003-2004)


                BNVTS is one major player in the Technical Vocational Education and Training Delivery System. For the last two years, BNVTS got the highest rank in the Assessment and Certification of Graduates in the Province of Sorsogon.  The private technical institutions rank second with 10% passing and SNAS 7.4%, the first being 40%. Under the target priorities for 2004, the passing mark will be 80% and 100% certified.

                Another accomplishment of BNVTS for 2003-2004 is the DTS – as Good Practice from among theTESDA and Training Centers of Region V and has represented in the national level search for good practice.

                Lately another harvest is the Excellence Award given to BNVTS for its outstanding performance in the 11th Philippine National Skills Competition Agri-Fishery Skills Demonstration held at Iriga City last March 17-27, 2004.  From among the 18 schools nationwide, BNVTS ranked second with the score of 88.33% next to QNAS of Pagbilao, Quezon, which got a score of 89.00%. 



To all DBI Staffs,


In behalf of my family, I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to all the staffs and officers of Damayan-Buluseño, Inc.  It was in the year 2000 when I graduated in high school from the Jose S. Reyes Memorial Institute.  I had no plan of pursuing my studies then, because of financial constraints – until the great opportunity knocked on my door.

I was one of the lucky students who were granted with the scholarship, which is one of your programs, through the sponsorship of Mr. Alejo Dy.  Without this association, it would have been less possible for me to finish my degree course.

To all the people behind the Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. and to my kind and supportive sponsor, much word could not express my greatest thanks.

More power and May God bless you all!


                                                                                                                                Sincerely Yours,

                                                                                                                (Sgd.)      Celeste Freo

                                                                                                                                DBI Scholar





Damayan-Buluseño Gazette


Dear Editor,


Through this Gazette, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to Damayan Buluseño President Mr. Rogelio “Elio” Fuentes for his boldness in writing against the dirty politics and the abuses by the New People’s Army (NPA) and the latter’s Postes which I read in the Damayan- Buluseño Gazette (Sept-Oct & Nov-Dec 2003 issues). I agree, these two are the major obstacles why Bulusan has not been able to liberate from the quagmire of poverty.


Bilang isang Buluseño, nakakalungkot pong isipin na ang mga katulad namin na lumaki at nag-aral sa Bulusan at nagsikap makatapos ng magandang kurso sa ibang lugar, makapaghanap ng magandang trabaho at nang sa gayun ay dumating ang araw na makabalik sa Bulusan para makatulong kahit papaano para sa ikauunlad nito, ay nawawalan ng gana dahil nga sa ganitong mga nangyayari sa bayang aming minahal at gustong lingunin muli.


Marami ang nagsasabi na ang mga NPA ay namumugad sa ating bayan at patuloy na kinukuhanan ang halos lahat na negosyante, kahit maliliit na tindahan at pati mga ordinaryong empleyado. Ang kamag-anak ko po ay kinukuhanan sa pamamagitan ng Poste ng mahigit kumulang sa P1,000.00 bawat ani ng mga niyog. Ang kaklase ko noong high school na may maliit na tindahan ngayon ay hindi lamang pera ang hinihingi kundi mga paninda katulad ng bigas, siragilyo, de lata, at iba pa. Ang mga NPA na ito na sinasabi nilang sila ang makikipaglaban ng karapatan ng masa at magtatanggol nito sa mga mapang-api ay sya namang lalong nagpapahirap sa mga tao sa pamamagitan nitong sinasabi nilang revolutionary tax na kung tutuusin ay tahasang pangingikil o extortion. Ang ginagawa ng mga NPA at mga Poste nito ay walang ibang kahulugan kundi ginagawa nilang hanapbuhay ang panghihingi na may kasamang pananakot sa kadahilang sila ay tamad maghanapbuhay na marangal.


Sa kabilang dako naman, ang iba nating inihalal na pulitiko na dapat gumawa at magpatupad ng mga batas para sa ikauunlad ng ating bayan ang sila namang nagpapasimuno ng mga illegal na mga aktibidades o hindi kaya’y nagbubulag-bulagan at nagbibingi-bingihan sa mga masasamang nagyayari sa ating bayan.  Totoo kaya yung mga sinasabi na ang karamihan sa mga empleyado sa munisipyo ay takot magsalita o makipagmatigasan sa nakatataas sa kanila kahit na ang pinapagawa sa empleyado ay mali, kasi puwede ang empleyadong ito ay itapon sa ibang lugar or di kaya’y ilagay sa “floating status”? Marami ang “disgusted” at galit na mga empleyado pero nananatili silang tahimik kaysa maapektuhan ang kanilang trabaho. Ito ay “torture” kung tutuusin at pagsupil ng karapatan ng isang tao.  Kawawa naman ang mga taga-Bulusan kung ang mga uupo sa kani-kanilang mga puwesto ay mapagsamantala at walang hangad kundi ang luho ng kanilang mga sarili. 


Nagpapasalamat po talaga ako sa napakadetalye na pagtalakay ni Mr. Elio Fuentes ng mga problemang nagpapabigat sa Bulusan. Sana marami ang nagising sa katotohanan na ang ating bayan ay pugad na ng mga buwitreng pulitiko at mga lintang NPA/Poste na silang nagiging hadlang para hindi maiangat ang ating turismo na siya sanang makakatulong nang malaki para maiahon kahit kaunti ang ating bayan at hindi manatiling matatawag na “sleepy town.”


Maraming salamat po sa paglalathala ninyo nito at maraming salamat po ulit kay Mr. Fuentes sa kanyang katapatan, katapangan at pagmamalasakit sa kanyang lupang tinubuan.  Mabuhay po siya at mabuhay tayong lahat na nagmamahal sa bayan ng Bulusan!




Daraga, Albay

(private e-mail dated 6 April 2004)




Congratulations & Mabuhay!


For its bold denunciations of too much vote-buying by candidates and their leaders that has greatly eroded the morale of our people, the rampant illegal logging in our already denuded forests unmolested by our authorities, and the abuses of the lazy postes & those who profess to be protectors of the oppressed.




Date of Death




March 2004





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Ireneo Fualo Sr.




Jane Tacderan Gutierrez




Emilia Fulleros Fullon




Benjamin Berceles Fullon Jr.


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Salvacion Forteo Fusana


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Antonio Bocaling Gacosta



April 2004





Pedro Dayta


San Roque


Oscar Blasquiño Geva




Julieta Frades Gallanosa




Santiago Furio Fortades




Marcelina Peña




Dominador Gaban




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Jose Odoño




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Lucia Furio


San Francisco



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