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PH Team Wins in WorldSkills Competition

44th WorldSkills Competion, Abu Dhabi UAE 2017

The Philippines returned to the 44th WorldSkills Competition and impressed the field with their Medallions of Excellence achievement. 

After 14 years, the Philippines sent a team and showcased the skills of the Filipino. Joven Hayagan won a Medallion of Excellence Award in the IT Software Solution Business Category and Jalanie Dimacalang garnered the award for Web Design Development.

The duo was the only national team where the members won awards. 

The WorldSkills Competition dates back to 1950 and aims to promote skills development among the youth and is the largest vocational skills competition worldwide.

China got the most medals haul with 15 golds, 7 silvers, and 8 bronzes while South Korea came in as runner-up with 8 golds, 8 silvers, and 8 bronzes while Switzerland rounded the top three with 11 golds, 6 silvers and 3 bronze medals.

Biao Song, from China, was awarded the Albert Vidal award - the prestigious award granted to the competitor who achieved the highest score overall across all skill competitions, an award that is named in memory of the founder of WorldSkills.

This year’s edition had visitors of 100,000 and had 1,300 competitors from 60 countries. 

"There is 25 per cent of youth unemployment in Middle East and that is an unacceptable level of unemployment. You have disappointed youth and social issues - so they have to get jobs, but we know they are more likely to get jobs if they have skills," Simon Bartley, president of WorldSkills said.

"I'm impressed with the entire competition and I'm impressed by the excellence of the young people, their dedication, their speed, their accuracy and total commitment to winning," Bartley added.

The Philippine team was trained by the Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and have also participated in other regional skills competitions.

The next WorldSkills Competition will be held in Kazan, Russia.

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