Pinoy bags gold in computer-aided design in Asean skills contest

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By Edd K. Usman A band of graduates from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) recently took home top prizes, including a gold medal, from a regional skills competition in Malaysia. [caption id="attachment_33647" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Tesda chief Gene Mamondiong (center, front row) strikes a post during the recognition rites for Filipino medalists in the Asean Skills Competition in Malaysia Tesda chief Gene Mamondiong (center, front row) strikes a post during the recognition rites for Filipino medalists in the Asean Skills Competition in Malaysia[/caption] The Tesda-supported 24-member delegation to the 2016 Asean Skills Competition (ASC) on Sept. 19-29 in Kuala Lumpur captured one gold, a silver, and four bronze medals, as well as six Medallions of Excellence. Mark Anthony Guiao of Central Luzon bagged the gold medal, defeating his rivals from nine other Asean countries in mechanical engineering design-computer aided design (CAD). Guia, only the second Filipino to win a gold medal in the ASC, also won the Best in Nation award as the best competitor from the Philippines. The gold medalist received P100,000 from Tesda as incentive for his feat. “We are very proud of our competitors and their coaches. Not only have they brought honor to the country but they have also cast a very favorable light on Philippine TVET and on all our skilled workers,” said Tesda director-general Guiling “Gene” Mamondiong. TVET is technical vocational education and training. He also cited Joven Hayagan of the Bicol region for bagging a silver medal in IT software solution for business (ITSSB) category of the competition. In an interview, Guia said he could not believe it when his rivals told him he won the gold medal. “Only when the medalists were separated from the non-medalists that I felt some excitement,” he said. The Filipino gold medalist recalled he was so happy when his name was called to receive the top prize from the organizers. “I will continue my interest in engineering design,” he said. The bronze medalists are John Louie Pioquinto of Zamboanga City, refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) category; John Harris Soriano of Central Luzon, electronics; Gelmar Coniendo and Junnel Cagampang of Northern Mindanao, mechatronics; and Jelanie Dimacaling of Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), web design. [caption id="attachment_33648" align="aligncenter" width="350"]Gold medal winner Mark Anthony Guiao Gold medal winner Mark Anthony Guiao [/caption] Meanwhile, those who received Medallions of Excellence in their respective competition categories are Rommel Florita, welding; Allen Jay Desamparado, ITSSB; Shane Gabriel Macapagal, graphics design technology; Tristan Joseph Amargo, IT network systems administration (ITNSA); Arbethnel Ilagan, RAC; and, Arianne Liwag and DAn Kervin Del Mundo, industrial automation. The ASC is a biennial event among members of Asean, which promotes technical cooperation and encourages close cooperation among TVET stakeholders. Meanwhile, Mamondiong has proposed transforming Tesda into a Department of Education and Skills Development, saying he already spoke with some of his friends in Congress. “They are supportive of the proposal,” he said. ]]>

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