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TESDA Developing Animation, Software Development Education

The Philippines-based Technical Education Development and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is set to implement its first software development and animation training curricula at two new IT training centers this month, reports INQ7.net.

Co-developed by TESDA with the Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA) and the Animation Council of the Philippines Inc. (ACPI), the curricula will focus on basic to intermediate learners as part of TESDAs human resource capacity building for the growing Philippine software development and animation industries.

The two new training centers were built as part of a $5 million Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) program to help build Philippine human resources. The first KOICA-funded training center is in Quezon City, the second in Bulacan.

TESDA IT program director Maria Susan dela Rama said in an interview that TESDA worked closely with the ACPI and PSIA to learn the required skills they were looking for in hiring new employees.

They had specific needs and so we had to come up with learning courses that will fast track the skills capabilities of those wanting to enter into these professions, especially since the software development and animation industries are already growing really fast, said dela Rama.

De la Rama said TESDA isnt setting out to compete with other schools in the area, but will serve as augmentation to existing institutions and as career aid.

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