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Caraga bags 4 medals in 2017 Vis-Min zonal skills competition

posted Dec 18, 2017, 1:09 AM by Caraga Web Admin   [ updated Dec 18, 2017, 1:10 AM ]

DAVAO CITY, December 15 – Delegates from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-Caraga bagged four (4) medals during the conduct of the 2017 Visayas-Mindanao zonal skills competition held recently at the Regional Training Center-Korea Philippines Vocational Training Center (RTC-KPVTC), Tibungco, Davao City. 

Team Caraga, spearheaded by TESDA Regional Director Ashary A. Banto together with the provincial directors of the five provinces, officials, staff, experts and competitors went head to head with the other delegates from the Visayas and Mindanao regions.


TESDA Caraga delegates during the Closing and Awarding Ceremony of the 5-day Visayas-Mindanano Zonal Skills Competition held at the Regional Training Center - Korea Philippines Vocational Training Center, Davao City

Caraga contenders participated and exhibited utmost performance in Restaurant Service, Cooking, IT Software Solution for Business, Graphic Design Technology, Welding Technology and Electrical Installation Technology.

In the Closing and Awarding Ceremony held on December 15, 2017 at the Convention Hall of RTC-KPVTC Davao, four (4) competitors from Team Caraga were declared victors in their respective trade areas.

Shiera Faith S. Balabat (coached by Jason Equipado), the only girl among the Caraga talents went up against five (5) competitors from Regions VI, VII, VIII, XI and XII in Cooking. Her stunning skills wowed the judges through her mouth-watering dishes and managed to win a bronze medal on the verge of the tourney. The silver medal was given to John Aaron Ponsaran of Region VI and gold to Charles Jay Barette of Region XI.

In the hard skills battle, Caraga contingent for Welding Technology Jason G. Pujeda, coached by Artemio Martizano and Maricel O. Balinton, proved that no heat could melt his determination as he welded for the bronze medal. Pujeda battled against seven (7) delegates from Regions VI, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII and ARMM. Region VIII, represented by Roberto A. Palaña III grabbed the Silver Medal and Region XI, Heinrich M. Omlaan was declared champion.

Meanwhile, Rolly T. Alte Jr. who is trained by Jermy E. Divinagracia of the Agusan del Sur School of Arts and Trades (ASSAT) faced five men from Regions VII, IX, X, XI and XII in Electrical Installation Technology. Joshua Nico Alcosero of Region VII earned bronze medal, Alte got the silver medal and Junie Comaling, Jr. from Region 9 grabbed the gold.

For Graphics Design Technology under the Information and Communications Technology Sector, Team Caraga was well-represented by Benedict Q. Hornido with his coach, Arne A. Madarieta. After days of showcasing artistry in corporate, editorial and product packaging design, Caraga was declared champion in the said area. Adencia Portia Fernandez of Region 11 won 2nd place receiving a silver medal and Carolino Villarta, Jr. of Region VII won a bronze medal and was declared 3rd place.

During the awards ceremony, coaches and committee members received certificates of appreciation for a job well executed on the entire duration of the activity.

In total, Caraga bagged one (1) gold medal, 1 silver medal and 2 bronze medals from 6 trade areas involved.



Winners of Vis-Min 2017 Zonal Skills Competition will advance in the upcoming 2018 Philippine National Skills Competition leading to the 12th ASEAN Skills Competition on 2018 in Thailand up to the international setting in the World Skills Competition to be held on 2019 in Russia, it was learned. (MJF/RER, TESDA-Caraga)

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