Tboli town opens its first Tech-Voc School


Jose & Abelardo Jr. Technical Institute Inc.

The Municipality of Tboli now has its first technical-vocational school. The Jose & Abelardo Jr. Technical Institute Inc. formally opened on October 8, 2021, at Barangay Poblacion Tboli. It is TESDA accredited school and Tbolinians can avail themselves of its courses.

As of this writing, the school offers Driving NC II. In the coming months, the school will be offering Bookkeeping NC III, Motorcycle/Small Engine Servicing NC II, and agriculture courses. Next year, the school will have Cookery NC II and Beauty Care NC II.

“Before, Tboli had no trade school. The people need skills training like driving. The nearest trade school is in Surallah,” the owner and Board of Director Ebden Skynard T. Serofia said.

“TESDA is accommodating especially to the IP communities. The agency wants to bring its services closer to the communities. The programs of TESDA continue despite the pandemic.”

The school is in partnership with Mr. Jose Javelosa Jr. & Family. It is also named after his late father Abelardo “Poor Boy'' Serofia Jr., who showed exceptional leadership when he was a municipal councilor. The school somehow honors him and his legacy in Tboli town.

“In the future, we will try to accommodate all TESDA courses as the school expands its operations. I also envision the school to be a farm school,” he said.

Technical and vocational education and training play an essential role in improving the well-being of the youth and communities. It increases productivity, empowers individuals to become self-reliant, and stimulates entrepreneurship. Businesses are more willing to invest in a community with strong human resources.

“I hope that the school will flourish not only financially but also in the educational aspect. I dreamed it to be a university." 

"I hope that there will be more graduates to be produced that excel in their respective communities. The school will not only teach skills but also want to help their communities. We want to promote localized helping – meaning the students should go back to their communities and empower them," Ebden said.