By Jonabelle M. Fernando, Teacher III, Vega NHS

TLE stands for Technology and Livelihood Education, but when we look at its goals and aims, it becomes
clear that it is a “whole” life course. Everything a person needs to live and survive is covered in the course. That
is why the course is referred to as “a Livelihood” course as well as contributing to the content of the course. The
application of knowledge about tools, equipment, and other useful gadgets, aided by technology, adds to the
course’s content. TLE is a true life education that focuses on lessons on occupational health hazard issues in
everyday life and the safety measure that go along with them. We live in a world where the bulk of events and
daily activities at home, school, and in the community are almost completely unexpected. We are exposed to
health dangers at home. Young children that want to engage in technological play, particularly with electric
At school, children play in an open-air playground and have accidents. Children who are fascinated in
and seek to use laboratory equipment are especially dangerous in labs where there aren’t enough reminders or
professionals. Outside of the home and school, there is the physical environment, such as roads and rivers,
where numerous accidents occur, adding to the noise, bad air, and water pollution hazards. Garbage
mismanagement is inconvenient. When the weather changes quickly, illnesses and physical anguish are
widespread. Beginning with hazard identification and ending with safety measures, Technology and Livelihood
Education provides knowledge and awareness about hazards and risks, as well as workplace health and safety.
Physical dangers are the most regular occurrences, but since they are so widespread and go unseen, such as
inadequate electrical wiring, which is only found after it causes a fire, some people are unprepared to cope with
them. Liquid spills on the floor are a severe danger that might go unnoticed until someone trips or loses their
balance, resulting in a fall. Lonely and sad people are harmed by loud noise and sound. The use of public
transportation, such as jeepneys and tricycles, to listen to loud music is hazardous to one’s health.
Animals and people who are sick or have contagious diseases pose a biological threat. Infections may be
caused by blood and other biological fluids, fungi, bacteria, and viruses, as well as contaminated wastes.
Ergonomic hazards may emerge when people work in tasks that involve a lot of muscle action, such as lifting,
bending, standing, and reaching out. Employees are exposed to chemical dangers when they are exposed to
compounds that cause skin irritation or respiratory problems.Caregivers are those who acquire knowledge and
skills in dealing with health concerns and are able to successfully use them. Students may be better prepared to
work as professional caregivers after completing TLE training on caring for people with health concerns. Based
on what they’ve learned in Technology and Livelihood Education, they know how to give real-life education.
Agriculture has long been recognized as our civilization’s oldest occupation, as well as a never-ending
duty. Anyone who despises it will almost certainly want to die. Agriculture is important for all living organisms,
including humans, to survive. It’s the only place to get food, medication, housing, transportation, and even office
and school supplies, as well as industrial assistance. Agricultural price fluctuations before to the pandemic did
not help our farmers. Farmers were engaged by the government’s unjust and uneven subsidies, which had
driven up input costs to unaffordable levels. Farmers are still putting in a lot of work and risking a lot of money
to keep their crops alive at this point in time, even if the harvest does not guarantee them the same advantages
or better revenue.
When the Covid-19 pandemic swept the globe, agriculture received a lot of attention. Many of us have
grown more conscious of our surroundings and the area we live in as a result of the current epidemic. Farmers,
professionals, and a variety of others devote a significant amount of time and effort to their gardens, resulting
in “plantitos” and “plantitas”, as they are now known. Many individuals continued to harvest their parched fields
using irrigation or other water systems even in the middle of the pandemic’s greatest ravages. For their urban
or containerized garden, they even manufactured or purchased pots and soil. They also used social media to
publish videos and photographs of their plants for others to see, as well to sell their plants. Agribusiness allows
them to generate food and participate in a leisure activity even during the lockdown, helping them to create the
illusion that life goes on. People, for example, trade food for plants, eatable animals such as chicken, or anything
else that both the vendor and the consumer want.

Throughout the pandemic, agriculture, particularly livestock and food production, has gained popularity
for whatever reason. It has put a heavy emphasis on developing backyard gardening, mostly for the sake of food
production, additional revenue, herbal medicine, enjoyment, relaxation, and exercise, as well as environmental
stewardship. Without a doubt, the COVID-19 pandemic has benefitted agriculture, which supplies us with food
on a daily basis as well as during the epidemic. Agriculture is more than a profession; it is a responsibility to
provide hope to people in the present and future.