CITY MAYOR Ericson Singson with the TESDA- National Winner trophy poses with TESDA Dir-Gen. Joel Villanueva (4th from left) and other top officials. Also in photo are TESDA Reg- I Dir. Cenon Querubin (4th from right), Ilocos Sur Provl Dir. Joel Pilotin (3rd from right), Francisco Toquero, Candon City’s TESDA- Coordinator(2nd from right).


Candon City added history to its name!

Candon City ( Ilocos Sur) got its biggest recognition under the leadership of City Mayor Ericson Singson after it was adjudged 2014 KABALIKAT awardee (National Winner- LGU-City category).

City Mayor Singson received the trophy and plaque from TESDA Director General Emmanuel Joel Villanueva during their 20th anniversary celebration awarding rites on August 28, 2014.

“It is collective efforts of all concern stakeholders for us to win the prestigious recognition,” Singson said.

The “Kabalikat Award” gives due recognition to the agency’s outstanding partners in the promotion and enhancement of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET). It is conferred to outstanding institutions, private firms and companies, local government units and legislative partners because of their good practices and contribution in the promotion and development of Filipino skilled workers.

TESDA cited among others the reasons of Candon City’s selection were its partnership for the last 11 years.

From 2011-2013, more than 960 individuals were trained under various tech-voc programs and more than 1,300 were assessed.

The city also donated more than P13 million for different tech-voc activities and allotted P420,000 for promotion and advocacy activities.

Aside from training, the city government has also provided such assistance in the conduct of job fairs, livelihood programs and career guidance to its constituents.

City Mayor Singson also acknowledged the full support extended by Congressman Eric Singson, former City Mayor Allen Singson and Congressman Eric “Owen” Singson.

He also mentioned the untiring assistance provided by TESDA Ilocos Regional Director Cenen Querubin, Ilocos Sur Provincial Director Joel Pilotin and their respective staff.

Both Querubin and Pilotin, together with City TESDA Coordinator Francisco Toquero, accompanied the city mayor during the awarding ceremonies.

He said that the recognition was a huge feat considering that it is a coveted national level award and the city was pitted against bigger and more known cities nationwide.

The city mayor said that the city government will work hard to maintain and repeat the Feat next year. (LBJ)

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