PH bag five medals at skills competition in Indonesia

Posted at 12/01/2012 12:57 PM | Updated as of 12/02/2012 4:08 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Specialists from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) won a bronze medal and four medallions of excellence during the recently-concluded ASEAN skills competition in Indonesia.

In a statement, TESDA said Pristine de Guzman from the School of Fashion and the Arts took home a bronze medal and a Best of Nation Award for fashion technology.

Four others, meanwhile, were awarded medallions of excellence: Joselito EJ Ayalde of AMA Bulacan for web design; Nilo Maquiling of Samson Tech for refrigeration and airconditioning; and Nhar Chello Agasang and Ardee Mark Saqueton, both from MFI Foundation, Inc., for industrial automation.

The five were among the Philippines' 16 delegates sent to Indonesia for the ASEAN Skills Competition. Other areas where the Philippine team competed in included IT network administration, hairdressing, electronics, beauty therapy, mechatronics and caring.

"This is a feat for our skilled Filipino workers considering that we are like making a debut to the competition after years of absence," Joel Villanueva, TESDA Director General, said in the statement.

"What's important for now is we are able to showcase the skills of Filipinos, and strengthened our ties with our neighboring nations who are similarly engaged in beefing up technical vocational education and training," he added.

Indonesia dominated the competition with 33 medals, followed by Vietnam with 14, and Thailand with 11.