Emmanuel Joel Villanueva
As director-general of Technical Education & Skills Development Authority, Emmanuel Joel Villanueva has introduced out-of-the-box programs such as PNoy Bayanihan, where illegally cut logs seized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources are used to make armchairs for school children.
Villanueva also introduced a training and certification program for public utility vehicle drivers to help reduce road accidents arising from drivers’ errors. He specifically requested the inclusion of women to be trained as bus drivers to give them equal opportunity for employment. TESDA’s E-Vehicle program, meanwhile, transformed junk cars to electric vehicles. TESDA is currently developing a training program to teach interested individuals on how to build and maintain e-vehicles made from scrap materials.
To bring technical education and skills development closer to the people and where actual jobs are, Villanueva initiated a Mobile Training Plus Bus, which now travels in different regions around the country. The TESDA Online Program also makes technical-vocational education and training accessible anytime and anywhere.
Villanueva implemented reforms and authorized an inventory of training centers around the country, an initiative that led to the closure of bogus training centers.