MANILA - President Aquino lauded TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva as the agency received the ISO 9001:2008 certification in an awarding ceremony held at the Palace.
In his speech, Aquino said that Villanueva managed to turn TESDA around from a problem-ridden office to one that is known for quality service.
He hinted that Villanueva could do more for the country. But there was no mention of whether Villanueva would be transferred to head the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).
PCOO Secretary Sonny Coloma is said to be on the shortlist to become chairperson of the Civil Service Commission.
“Iba po talaga si Sec. Joel. Kumbaga sa basketball, laging swak ang kanyang mga inisyatiba para sa TESDA. Kung dati, kulelat at tambak ng problema ang ahensiya, ngayon, umaarangkada na, at isa na ang TESDA sa mga nangungunang ahensiya ng gobyerno pagdating sa kalidad ng serbisyo,” Aquino said.
“Sabi ko nga po: Panalo talaga ang TESDA dahil kay Sec. Joel Villanueva; ang mga gaya niyang kabahagi natin sa youth sector, siguradong marami pang magagawa para sa kapwa at buong bansa,” he added.