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The advancement of the industry is crucial to increasing exports and opening doors of opportunity for training and employment.
The President was accompanied by Secretary Joel Villanueva, Director General of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), some national and local officials, and officials of the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines (SEIPI), which represents the largest organization of foreign and local semiconductor and electronics companies in the country.
Pitching a message for Labor Day, Villanueva hailed the Filipino workers in the country and abroad, and vowed to make technical vocational education a vehicle towards stable jobs and improved economic life.
"There is no silver bullet, no quick fix to the things that we need to address when it comes to education and jobs, but TESDA will keep working every single day to continuously develop world-class workers," he said.
Villanueva said Laguna was among the country's preferred investment locations for semiconductor and electronics business because of its strategic location, the availability of the needed infrastructure and the motivated workforce.