PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has appointed former Mandaue City mayor Luigi Quisumbing deputy director general of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda).
Quisumbing said he was informed last week about his new assignment.
He said he will fly to Manila on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, to take his oath at the Tesda main office in Taguig before Secretary Isidro Lapiña, Tesda chief.
He said one of his tasks will be to support local government units (LGUs) with their livelihood skills training programs. That means he will be doing a lot of traveling, he said.
In Duterte’s State of Nation Address on Monday, July 27, the President said livelihood programs are most important to Filipinos today, especially to those who have lost their jobs and to those who have been forced to undergo the “no work, no pay” scheme.
Quisumbing said Filipinos who are unemployed can avail themselves of livelihood program offered by Tesda so they can earn an income.
He also pointed out that one of the President’s priorities is to help repatriated overseas Filipino workers without a source of income these days.
“This results in the tremendous loss of income not only to their families but also they are one of the biggest impacts in our economy. Now is the time to help our modern heroes,” Quisumbing said.
With his return to the public eye since his defeat to Jonas Cortes in the 2019 mayoral elections, Quisumbing said he did not expect to be involved in the public sector at this most crucial time while the country is in the grip of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.
Quisumbing said he was glad the President trusted him to be part of one of the important aspects of reviving the country’s economy. He said he is happy Duterte has a concrete plan to save the economy through Tesda.
“Maybe because of my experience in the local government and the Congress, they decided to assign me the particular portfolio,” Quisumbing said. (KFD)