All eight students from Halang Banaybanay National High School (HBNHS) who underwent the Visual Graphic Design National Certification III (VGD NCIII) passed the assessment last May 21 at DATACOM-Imus, Palico II, Imus City.

The new VGD NC III holders were grade 10 students Mikhail Joshua I. Tanawan, Leane Jasha I. Tanawan, Maylene M. Javier, Mary Mae T. Francisco, Ashlee Nicole L. Pacifico, Romeo V. Villanueva, Jr., Allen E. Angcanan, and Jewel B. Mojica.

The HBNHS’ grades 9 and 10 students were trained by Cecilia A. Caraan on their Technology & Livelihood Education (TLE) subject utilizing specialized course. Norielyn C. Narciso, then HBNHS principal, and Caraan encouraged them to take the assessment and certification to determine whether the students can perform the principles expected in the workplace based on the required competency standards set by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). After the assessment, students may find side line jobs in line with visual graphic design.

TESDA, in cooperation with the Department of Education, arranged that the assessment and certification of students and will now be part of the K to 12 curriculum to boost the students’ chances of employment after graduation.

Former Secretary General Joel Villanueva once said, “NC I & NC II TESDA qualifications will be mainstreamed in the specialization phase which falls during Grade 9-12. Thus, it becomes imperative for TESDA to move up and focus towards the development and implementation of higher level qualifications.” (Cecilia A. Caraan, Halang Banaybanay National High School)