The Sangguniang Panlalawigan has passed a resolution requesting the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to retain its Palawan director, Rosalinda Talavera, in the province.

Board members Angela Sabando and Cherry Pie Acosta, who sponsored the resolution, said they are concerned that a forthcoming reorganization at TESDA might affect the tenure of Talavera, whom they said is doing a lot of work for the province.

“Mayroong report na magkakaroon na naman ng reshuffling ng ating [TESDA] provincial directors all over the Philippines. Ako ay nakikiusap na i-allow na i-extend ang term ni director Talavera kasi alam ko na marami pa siyang dapat gawin sa Palawan. Marami ditong mga reports na nakapag-conduct siya ng iba’t-ibang mga training programs sa iba’t-ibang munisipyo,” Sabando said.

“Since we are the highest policy-making body [in the province], we take this opportunity to request Secretary Isidro Lapeña through Regional Director Gamaliel Vicente, Jr., for the retention of Director Talavera in Palawan considering her service and dedication to Palaweños that are beyond comparison,” Acosta added.

Sabando added that Talavera oversaw nearly 2,000 scholarship programs in just one year during her directorship.

“Almost one year, nakapag-conduct siya ng 2,042 scholarship programs all over Palawan. Sayang naman kung ‘yong mga plano niya for the province ay maaantala kasi magkakaroon ng reshuffling ng mga directors ng TESDA,” Sabando added.

“Director Talavera is still new in her post as TESDA provincial director and her possible reshuffle to another post may hamper the ongoing partnership programs for skills development that she started and personally supervised in several municipalities and barangays in this province,” the resolution stated.


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