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The Technical Education & Skills Development Authority has chosen Negros Oriental as its launch pad for its first-ever offering of scuba diving courses in the Philippines.

TESDA-Negros Oriental Provincial Director Fletcher Gumahad told the media on Thursday that this comes following the recent signing of a memorandum of agreement between the agency and the Negros Oriental Divers Association.

“We are now in the process of making the curriculum under our Competency Standards Development, and it will eventually become a training regulation that can be adopted by training providers throughout the Philippines,” Gumahad said in mixed English and Cebuano.

TESDA is given at least seven months to formulate these standards before the actual training program, he said.

Other parties are involved in this program, including the academe, scuba divers and operators, he added.

Gumahad said the Competency Standards Development will bring together experts from the academe and divers’ associations, with an existing curriculum from NORDA that can also serve as a guide.

He said there is no definite timeline yet for the actual training pending the completion of certain requirements, including a letter from Gov. Manuel Sagarbarria to TESDA Sec. Teng Mangudadatu, on the diving courses to be launched in the Province.

The TESDA here has to submit a funding proposal to its central office for the scholarship training.

Those who complete the course may earn national curriculum levels 2 to 4.

TESDA Undersecretary Vidal Villanueva III, who is deputy director-general for Partnerships & Special Concerns, signed the agreement on Feb. 19 with NORDA, represented by its president Glenn Carballo.

In a statement, Provincial Tourism Board Executive Director Woodrow Maquiling Jr. said he is hopeful the diving courses would not only boost the local tourism industry by bringing in more tourists, but also provide locals with job opportunities as dive guides.

The province of Negros Oriental hosts several dive destinations, such as the world-renowned Apo Island, off the coast of Dauin town. (Judy F. Partlow/PNA)

 

 

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