The municipal government here celebrated the 2nd National Tech-Voc Day with the launching of the tech-voc agri expo as part of the continuing efforts to promote the country’s technical and vocational (tech-voc) programs.
Some 800 tech-voc students and teachers from selected schools in Central Luzon, National Capital Region and Calabarzon took part in the event held at F.F. Halili National Agricultural School in this town.
With this year’s theme ‘Agring-Agri sa Pag-unlad sa TVE’ (technical-vocational education), the expo was meant to highlight agriculture as a tech-voc area that must be given importance in terms of education and training, technology support, government funding, infrastructures, and research.
Senator Cynthia Villar, who was supposed to be the keynote speaker, was not able to attend the celebration due to bad weather.
Dr. Carlito Dela Cruz, division supervisor of the Department of Education (DepEd), said the one-day celebration aimed to promote the love for agriculture among students and tech-voc learners.
“It is meant to celebrate the tech-voc and entrepreneurial skills of high school learners through a showcase of products and services, skills demonstration and sharing of tech-voc curriculum implementation among tech-voc schools. This event is not a competition but a form of collaboration that highlights the importance of partnership and sharing in tech-voc promotion for community empowerment and development,” dela Cruz said.
The event was organized by DepEd through the Bureau of Curriculum Development (BCD).
“Selected schools in the said areas set-up their booths showcasing agricultural practices that highlight students’ creativity and competence,” dela Cruz said.
Those showcased include the making of crispy mushroom, chicken longganisa processing, dish gardening, bangus deboning, squash spread making, marcotting, vermicast making, mushroom production, taro cookies and pumpkin, spread making and making of organic fertilizer.
Other DepEd officials who were present during the event were Assistant Secretary Alma Ruby Torio, BCD Director Jocelyn Andaya, schools’ division superintendents in Region 3 as well as regional and division chiefs of the department. (PNA)
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