Skills Olympics in La Union

A skills show by local skilled workers and technicians highlighted this year's foundation anniversary of the province of La Union early this month. The northern Luzon province is now 163 years old.

The 4th La Union Tech-Voc Skills Olympics was staged at the Ortega Sports Center in San Fernando City last March 5. A total of 53 universities, colleges, and institutions which are members of the Association of Tech-Voc Institutes of La Union (ATVILU), participated in the skills event.

Now on its fourth year, the skills tilt was organized by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) headed by provincial director Marissa T. Alcantara and ATVILU led by its president, Engr. Antonio Alvarado.

According to Alcantara, the competition serves as a venue for local skilled and certified workers to showcase their capabilities and work talents that will help ensure their employability. This year's tilt covered 13 trade areas from computer hardware servicing to hotel and restaurant services.


The La Union Christian Comprehensive College (LUCCC) emerged as the first grand slam winner after winning a gold medal each in Cake Decoration, Cocktail Mixing, Waitering, Bed Making, and Buffet Table Skirting as well as a bronze medal in Commercial Cooking.

The other trade skills champion schools are the Corazon Ortega Skills Training (Beauty Care and Hair Dressing), Philippine Central College of Science and Technology (Computer Hardware Servicing), National College of Science and Technology (Consumer Electronics), and South Ilocandia College of Arts and Trades (Electrical Installation and Maintenance).

Meanwhile, AMA Computer College topped the Web Page Design competition while Union Christian College ranked first place in Commercial Cooking. The International Spiritual Material Therapeutic and Massage-SFCLUI earned the highest score in Massage Therapy category.

All competition winners received their trophies, medals, and certificates from provincial board member Pepe Ortega who gave a short speech on the important role of tech-voc institutions in the training and development of Filipino workers for the global labor market.

The participation of tech-voc schools and institutions in the annual skills tilt is an indication of the growing interest of young people, skilled workers, parents, and school administrators in vocational education and training.


Skills competitions, also popularly called skills olympics, are promotional tools to raise the status of skills and vocational education and inspire the young people to take up careers as skilled workers and technicians. TESDA is mandated to promote quality skills development in the country through the organization and conduct of an annual national skills olympics.

To fulfill this mandate, TESDA seeks the active participation of private industries, local governments, and technical and vocational school associations in the conduct of provincial, regional, and national skills competitions.

In November last year, The Philippines' Team Manggagawang Pilipino competed for the second time in the 9th ASEAN Skills Competition (ASC) in Jakarta, Indonesia but failed to regain its place as a top contender. The country did not have a competition team in the last three ASCs since 2006.

Pristine Joyce de Guzman of Pasay City, the lone medal winner in the Philippine team, won a bronze in Fashion Technology. Four other competitors won a medallion of excellence each for exceeding the 500 points score under the Competition Information System (CIS) marking scale.

Gold winners in the ASC will be fielded by their home countries in the 42nd World Skills Competitions (WSC) in Leipzig, Germany in July.

Through these competitions, TESDA hopes to raise awareness on the various opportunities in the skilled professions, and encourage more people to explore a career in skilled trades and high technology.


Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • No need for Revilla to visit son – prosecutors
    No need for Revilla to visit son – prosecutors

    Instead of filing an opposition, ombudsman prosecutors filed a manifestation yesterday expressing belief that there is no urgent need for Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. to visit his son at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center. “Based on the clinical abstract issued by the Asian Hospital on patient (Cavite) Vice-governor (Jolo) Revilla, which was submitted by accused Revilla in support of his Urgent Motion, Vice-governor Revilla is in stable condition and has stable vital signs, as of March 1, …

  • N. Korea fires missiles in anger at South-US military drills
    N. Korea fires missiles in anger at South-US military drills

    North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea and vowed "merciless" retaliation Monday as the US and South Korea kicked off joint military drills denounced by Pyongyang as recklessly confrontational. The annual exercises always trigger a surge in military tensions and warlike rhetoric on the divided peninsula, and analysts saw the North's missile tests as a prelude to a concerted campaign of sabre-rattling. "If there is a particularly sharp escalation, we could see the …

  • Troops overrun BIFF bomb-making facility in Mamasapano
    Troops overrun BIFF bomb-making facility in Mamasapano

    Government troops captured Sunday a bomb and weapons factory of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced yesterday. Col. Restituto Padilla, AFP spokesman, said the captured bomb and weapons factory is located inside an area controlled by radical Muslim cleric Ustadz Mohammad Ali Tambako at Barangay Dasikil in Mamasapano. …

  • How Islamic is Islamic State group? Not very, experts say
    How Islamic is Islamic State group? Not very, experts say

    CAIRO (AP) — Three British schoolgirls believed to have gone to Syria to become "jihadi" brides. Three young men charged in New York with plotting to join the Islamic State group and carry out attacks on American soil. A masked, knife-wielding militant from London who is the face of terror in videos showing Western hostages beheaded. …

  • Couple married 67 years holds hands in final hours together
    Couple married 67 years holds hands in final hours together

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — After spending 67 years together as devoted husband and wife, there was no question how Floyd and Violet Hartwig would end their lives — together. …

  • Solar plane passes new test ahead of planned world tour
    Solar plane passes new test ahead of planned world tour

    A solar-powered plane made a third successful test flight in the United Arab Emirates on Monday ahead of a planned round-the-world tour to promote alternative energy. Organisers hope that Solar Impulse 2 may head off around the globe as early as Saturday but caution that the launch is dependent on the weather, even in the relatively cloudless Gulf. The hour-long test flight was the plane's third from the UAE capital Abu Dhabi's small Al-Bateen airport, but the first for Solar Impulse chairman …

  • Recruitment firm accused of worldwide scam
    Recruitment firm accused of worldwide scam

    Filipinos aspiring to work overseas should avoid dealing with a recruitment agency that has duped jobseekers worldwide, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said yesterday. The National Bureau of Investigation has padlocked Global Visas Inc., which is based in Cebu. Baldoz said the agency’s parent company, ICS Global Visas Inc. based in the United Kingdom, has reportedly collapsed and left thousands of applicants without jobs.  “Global Visas was in the limelight this week, following its reported …

  • Jolo apologizes to Bong in visit
    Jolo apologizes to Bong in visit

    Cavite Vice Gov. Jolo Revilla wept and embraced his father as he apologized for the “accidental” shooting incident in their Ayala Alabang residence, the family’s spokesman said yesterday. Lawyer Raymund Fortun came out of the private room at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center in Muntinlupa City to speak to reporters, who were barred from entering the hospital compound during the visit of Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. …


Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Poll Choice Options