CLAIM: Tesda was among the ‘universities’ established by Ferdinand Marcos Sr.

A TikTok account with username @panchorobredo23 falsely claimed on April 18 that the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) was among the “35 universities” built by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. 

However, according to Tesda’s history, it was established on Aug. 25, 1994 by Republic Act No 7796 under President Fidel Ramos. Thus, it was not founded by Marcos Sr. during his regime. Marcos Sr. died in exile in Hawaii five years before Tesda was opened.

Vocational education in fact began during the Commonwealth period, while one of Tesda’s predecessors, the Bureau of Vocational Education, was established by Republic Act 3742 in 1963, two years before Marcos Sr. became president.

Also, Tesda is a government agency or authority on tech-voc education, not a university. 

The account, which has 3,361 followers, posts content about the Marcos family and their supposed achievements. 

The TikTok video has gained more than 9,900 views, 893 likes, 158 comments, and 38 shares as of writing. Alixta Ysabelle Berris and Steven Sañajan


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