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Villanueva resigns as TESDA Director and announced his senatorial bid

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th (29)From the time Secretary Joel Villanueva became the Director General of the Techinical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in 2010, 8.9 million graduated from the agency’s vocational program, and 65.4% found employment local and overseas.

Last October 9, Villanueva resigned from his position in TESDA to pursue and hope to get a seat in the May 2016 election as a senator of the Philippines.

And in his emotional speech infront of the TESDA employees, during the TESDA Scholar’s DAy, Villanueva said that, in all the achievements he has made, giving the chance for the youth and the not so youth to learn, standing beside them achieving their dreams, and seeing the TESDA graduates, is his best.

It is his proof that with the right guidance and direction, for never giving up on the chances to give to the out of school youth, is his trophies and proof that somehow, he made things simple and it were successful.

“It pays to dream big” Villanueva said. “I will miss my TESDA family, but I am leaving at peace knowing that TESDA will be in good hands,” he said.
“It will be in good hands because I know that TESDA executives and staff are among the most professional, most efficient and most hard working crop of servants in the bureaucracy,” he added.

“Sa laki ng inyong puso sa paglilingkod, nadala natin ang TESDA sa puso ng ating mga kababayan. Kaya salamat sa inyong lahat, salamat sa pagsama sa akin, salamat sa inyong pagmamahal, salamat sa pagtitiwala na anumang kaya nating isipin, kaya nating gawin,” he continued.  And as he ended his speech, Villanueva added “Kaya hindi po ako papayag na hindi magpatuloy ang pagyabong ng TESDA, ang paglawak ng papel nito sa paglikha ng mga trabaho, at ang pagpapatatag ng kinabukasan ng mga kabataang Pilipino.” he added.

He also thanked President Benigno Aquino III for allowing him to serve in the agency. “Ito ang pinakamasarap na trabaho – ang samahan ang ating mga kababayan sa pagtupad ng kanilang mga pangarap. Salamat Pangulong Aquino sa pagbibigay sa akin ng

Joel Villanueva after resigning as TESDA's Director General and announcing his senatorial bid in the May 2016 Election

Joel Villanueva after resigning as TESDA’s Director General and announcing his senatorial bid in the May 2016 Election

pagkakataong makapag-ambag para sa masayang pagbabago,” he said.

“Mr. President, you are the best leader – mentor – coach in the world. Thank you for the inspiration, thank you for your love to TESDA. We will always remember you as the President who has championed tech-voc in the country,” as Villanueva vowing to continue TESDA’s reform if he will be elected as senator of the Philippines.


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