Region III (Central Luzon) emerged as this year's overall champion gathering the most number of golds at the recently-concluded Philippine National Skills Competition (PNSC).
Technical vocational (tech-voc) graduates and trainees from the region bagged 10 of the 16 golds that were up for grabs from the trade areas where they competed.
The gold medalists of each trade area earned the opportunity to compete and represent the Philippines at the ASEAN Skills Competition (ASC) in Vietnam in October. The PNSC is the highest level of skills competition in the country organized by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
"The Philippines' participation at the ASEAN Skills Competition in the past years has afforded our delegates an opportunity to challenge themselves and hone, not just their skills, but qualities such as teamwork, creativity, and discipline," Secretary Joel Villanueva, TESDA Director General, said.
Aside from bagging 10 gold medals, Region III competitors also got silver and bronze awards, and diplomas of excellence in the different trade areas. Region IV-A and National Capital Region (NCR) came in second and third, respectively, as the regions with the most number of gold medals.
The national organizing committee of the PNSC will meet at the end of the month to assess the overall results and determine the composition of the delegation to the ASC, according to TESDA deputy director general Teodoro Pascua.
"Once we have determined the composition, training of delegates would likely begin in May until October," Pascua said, adding that some sessions for the training would be held in Metro Manila or at the delegates' respective regions.
Since some of the delegates who will participate at the ASC are already working, Villanueva appealed to their respective employers to extend the needed support to boost the morale of the competitors, and their chances of winning the gold.
The training for the ASEAN competition would make them incur absences at work, and would entail additional expenses, Villanueva said.
In 2012, Pascua noted that some employers even gave financial support to the competitors.
"Our delegates will not only bring honor and prestige to the country, but to their respective companies, as well, so we should give them full backing," Villanueva said.
The following are the list of winners:
Gold: Rey Mark S. De Mayo (Region III)
Silver: Clarissa C. Mercadal (Region XI)
Bronze: Mary Cris F. Recomio (Region I)
Gold: Angelica I. Rafallo (Region III)
Silver: Larry Ian E. Singson (Region II)
Bronze: Maclin A. Cabungcal (Region IV-A)
Gold: Jessica P. Mirabel (Region IV-A)
Silver: Fatima A. Pardillo (Region VII)
Bronze: Elizabeth M. Abundo (Region V)
Gold: Joshua F. Lizardo (CAR); Jasper Kaiser H. De Vera (Region III); John Kirby J. Miranda (Region IV-A)
Diploma of Excellence: Jonathan T. Paet (Region I)
Gold: Karlos Emmanuel A. Buted (Region IV-A)
Silver: Katherine B. Perez (CAR); Mikko D. Rosell (Region XI)
Diploma of Excellence: Jeffrey V. Sagud (Region I); John Michael M. Haber (Region II); Benjar P. Maga (Region III); Cashmere M. Manaois (NRC); Charmaine Dane M. Gimotea (Region VI); Maria Alyzza Albon (Region VII); Jorlex R. Soldevilla (CARAGA)
Gold: Ramon R. Dipasupil (Region IV-A)
Silver: Ronnel C. Bobis (NCR)
Bronze: Dennis V. Lachuan (Region I); Rich Viczon D. Noza (Region III)
Gold: Wilfred Miguel P. Calimbas (Region III); Christian Ray C. Callo (Region V)
Bronze: Christian M. Gerongco (CARAGA)
Gold: Gino A. Eulatic (Region III)
Silver: Bryan Adam P. Maglambayan (Region I)
Bronze: Jaymar J. Laurio (Region IV-A)
Diploma of Excellence: John Louie S. Pioquinto (Region IX)
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
Gold: Lhemuel C. Endaya (Region V)
Silver: Anthony C. Cabellon (Region IX)
Bronze: Jefree G. Bautista (NCR)
Diploma of Excellence: Michael Angelo C. Bautista (Region III)
Gold: Keith A. Beja (Region III)
Silver: Jonald Jay G. Pineda (NCR)
Bronze: Erwin C. Delas Alas (Region IV-A)
Mechanical Engineering Design-CAD
Gold: Joshua D. Mina (Region III)
Silver: John Bonn L. Jayme (Region X)
Bronze: Ricardo A. Abungan (NCR)
Gold: Percian Joseph C. Borja (Region III)
Silver: Jun G. Bugtong (Region IV-A); Prinz Nikko C. Palahang (Region X); Jerylle M. Ramos (NCR)
Diploma of Excellence: Christoeffer John R. Estrada (Region VII)
Gold: Michelle D. Navarro and Mark Jason B. Torio (NCR)
Silver: Major Cris P. Estremos and Aljon B. Omandam (Region X)
Bronze: Jojo B. Dichoso and Johnmar N. Rance (Region IV-A)
IT Software Solutions for Business
Gold: Francis Erizz Florentino (Region III)
Silver: Walter M. Lad (CARAGA)
Bronze: Julie H. Hayagan (Region V); Rasul A. Pundogar (CAR)
IT Network Systems Administration
Gold: Lunar Angelo E. Pajaroja (NCR)
Silver: Jason R. Sampang (Region III)
Bronze: Raffy K. Banghuyao (CAR)
Graphic Design and Technology
Gold: Christopher J. Gania (Region III)
Silver: Prescious A. Langcawan (CAR)
Bronze: Benesse M. Ancheta (Region I)
Diploma of Excellence: Dexter E. Aguinillo (Region V); Lyneth C. Cutamora (Region VII)