The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in this province hosted the Regional Youth Skills competition held at the Provincial Training and Development Center here.
Manuel Wong, TESDA-Pangasinan provincial director said the three-day competition aimed to showcase technical vocational education and training.
Competitors coming from the four provinces of the region - La Union, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, and Pangasinan were the winners in the provincial level competition conducted in their areas, he said.
Ilocos Norte provincial director Felisa Carag said the event was an opportunity for people to see what skills could be developed. “ It is a way of further developing our youth and at the same time show the standards that are being set as far as tech-voc education is concerned,“ Carag said.
Provincial directors Marissa Alcantara of La Union and Joel Pilotin of Ilocos Sur said the coaches and other TESDA officials rallied their contestants to do their best in the competition.
Students competed in 12 trade areas – visual web page, software, hair dressing, beauty care, fashion technology, wielding, automotive mechanic, electrical, refrigeration and air conditioning, and the tourism areas that included food and beverage, commercial cooking, and restaurant management.
In the awarding ceremonies, the province of Pangasinan emerged as the regional champion with nine golds, two silvers, and one bronze. Ilocos Norte came in second with one gold, six silvers, and one bronze.
Finishing third and fourth are the provinces of La Union and Ilocos Sur with one gold, two silvers, one bronze; and one gold, one silver, and two bronze, respectively.
Regional director Washington Agustin told the contestants that they are not competing against each other but rather, against the standards of tech-voc education.
Winners in this regional contest will represent Region I in the national competition slated next year. (ANL/VHS-PIA 1 Pangasinan)
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