2nd TESDA Iloko short story writing tilt now open

SAN FERNANDO CITY – The Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) seeks to tap once more the literary talent of the Ilocanos while enriching the Iloko language through a competition in Iloko short story writing focused on the government’s Ladderized Education Program  (LEP) and the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP).

In collaboration with the Gunglo dagiti Mannurat nga Ilokano iti Filipinas (GUMIL Filipinas), Inc., this contest cuts across the literary spectrum of Ilocano writers (literary producers) and readers (literary consumers) around the globe.  Particularly, it appeals to the Ilokanos of the North, who could benefit most from the programs being advocated by TESDA.


1. The competition is open to all interested Ilokano writers who are at least 15 years old.  A participant is entitled to only one entry.

2. Entries shall be in standard format: in not less than 12 but not more than 25 short bond papers; the Iloko language is used as the medium; arial font, size 12 (or usual typewriter fonts, as the case may be); double-spaced line spacing; and 1-inch margins on all sides.

Non-conformity to these specifications is a ground for disqualification.

3. Entries, in three hard copies and sealed in an envelope, shall be submitted to TESDA Region I, San Fernando City, 2500 La Union, Philippines c/o the Office of the Regional Director not later than April 27, 2007.

Entries may also be sent online through email: [email protected]

4. The submitted manuscript shall be accompanied by the name, age, address, citizenship, contact number and signature of the writer.  Fraudulent misrepresentations of these basic informations may lead to disqualification.

5. The stories shall focus on the following major programs of TESDA:

Ladderized Education Program.  The ladderized tertiary education system allows certification/recognition of competencies gained in TESDA-registered technical-vocational programs for equivalent credits under CHED-recognized programs.  Through this education system, students acquire the skills for a job with competencies earned in training and earn equivalent credits for higher education.  The techvoc graduate can then enroll in a related higher education course to complete a college degree.  Similarly, a college student or graduate wanting to take up a TVET program will also be given equivalent credits in a related TVET course.  Ladderization opens pathways of opportunities for career progression to students and workers, creating a seamless and borderless education and training system that will allow freer mobility in terms of flexible entry and exit in the educational system.

Training for Work Scholarship Program.  This program seeks to provide skills and competencies to job seekers through appropriate courses that are directly connected to existing jobs for immediate employment, and to empower private education and training institutions to offer relevant trainings that meet job requirements.  The scholarships are offered for prospective call center agents, medical transcriptionists, other ICT professionals, welders, household service workers, butchers and heavy equipment operations, among others.

6. The stories shall be judged along the following criteria:

6.1    Theme Relevance (50%)
6..2   Originality (20%)
6.3    Appeal/Impact (20%)
6.4    Language Usage (10%)

The Competition Secretariat shall ensure the anonymity of the writers during the deliberation of the entries.  The short stories shall be coded while the real names of the writers will be kept confidential.

7. The prizes are as follows:

1st prize – PhP 10,000.00
2nd prize – 7,000.00
3rd prize – 5,000.00

Seven other entries will be awarded PhP 1,000.00 each as consolation prizes.   All cash prizes are net of tax.

8. All submitted entries shall accrue to the solo ownership of TESDA Region I. And, all winning entries shall be included in copyrighted anthology to be published by  the Authority.

9. The decision of the board of judges is final and unappealable.

  10. Officials and employees of TESDA, including members of their immediate families and relatives up to the fourth degree of consanguinity, are disqualified from joining the competition. On the other hand, all members of GUMIL Filipinas may join in the contest. However, those who have won major prizes (1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes) in the 1st Iloko Short-Story Writing Competition in Technical-Vocational Education and Training held in 2005 are no longer allowed to join the contest.


Three Ilocano writers of proven competence, probity and independence will be chosen to sit as members of the Board of Judges.  Their identity will be undisclosed until the announcement of winners to ensure the integrity of the competition.


Winning entries will be announced and awarded on May 25, 2007.

For further inquiries, contact: TESDA-Region I c/o The Competition Secretariat San Fernando City, La Union (072) 888-3966/242-1456 (fax) email:[email protected], or GUMIL Filipinas, Inc., The Committee on Special Projects, c/o Ms. Djuna R. Alcantara, Acacia St., Namnama Village, San Fernando City, La Union, (072) 700-5755/ email: [email protected].

You may also visit the official website of TESDA Region I at www.tesda1.net.