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NBI asked to probe fake TESDA certificates

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has asked the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to probe a syndicate allegedly involved in the production of fake National Certificate (NC) and Certificate of Competency (CoC) given by the skills agency.

TESDA Director General, Secretary Guiling “Gene” Mamondiong said that he is “extremely concerned” about the distribution of fake assessment certificates nationwide because it “besmirches the image and credibility of TESDA.”

Various reports reaching the TESDA administration said that a syndicate is behind the production of fake certificates which are being sold to people who use them in applying for jobs.

Mamondiong said that he is “surprised about the fake certificates because the material used (in the production of the assessment certificates) is a security paper from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).”

The NC is given to those who have finished a course or pass the TESDA assessment or certification after they have completed their skills training while the CoC is given to those who cannot acquire the NC.

The assessment process seeks to determine whether the graduate or worker can perform based on the standards expected in the workplace.

Further, Mamondiong reminded the public that distribution and use of fake certificates are against the law.

Appropriate charges will be filed against those who will be arrested and found guilty of involvement in the fake production of TESDA certificates.

All provincial and regional offices of TESDA were already instructed to conduct a similar investigation on the production and distribution of fake certificates, he said. (Martin A. Sadongdong)

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