Sec. Mamondiong visits 2 training centers in Bataan
SECRETARY Guiling “Gene” Mamondiong, Director General of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), has visited the two (2) training centers of TESDA Bataan last July 28, 2017. He was accompanied by Atty. Andrew Bido, TESDA Region 3 Regional Director.
His first stopover was at the Provincial Training Center (PTC) Orion, located in Wawa, Pag-asa, Orion, Bataan. He was gracefully welcomed by the TESDA Bataan employees and by Orion Mayor Antonio Raymundo, Jr., who also paid a visit to meet the secretary personally upon learning of his arrival.
Scholarship for farmers and fishermen
Mamondiong, a lawyer by profession, said that since Bataan is rich in agricultural and fishery resources, he suggested that crop production and aquaculture trainings be the top priority in the provision of scholarships for Bataeños. These trainings will help farmers gain practical education on better cropping techniques and sustainable high-yield farming, while fishermen will learn new technology on how to multiply fish farm production and profitability.
Sierra Flores, TESD Specialist II, announced that TESDA Bataan already provided free trainings for Agricultural Crops Production NC I through the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) for 50 trainees in Bataan, where 22 of them already completed the training, assessed and were certified.
She stated that there are 1,550 training scholarship slots that were approved for Bataan and they are still waiting for more than 800 slots to be approved by the Director General himself.
Aside from Agricultural Crops Production NC I, Animation NC II, Automotive Servicing NC I, Bread and Pastry Production NC II, Caregiving NC II, Computer Systems Servicing NC II, Contact Center Services NC II, Cookery NC II, Dressmaking NC II, Electrical Installation and Maintenance NC II, Electronic Products Assembly and Servicing NC II, Food and Beverage Services NC II, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding NC II, Housekeeping NC II, Industrial Sewing Machine Operation, Instrumentation and Control Servicing NC II, Shielded Metal Arc Welding NC II, and Trainer’s Methodology Level 1 were among the qualifications being offered by TESDA Bataan under the TWSP scholarship program, Flores added.
The Director General informed that there is a great demand for farmers in Japan and in other countries. He proposed that farmers who are willing to work abroad must also learn to speak other languages such as Nihongo, Mandarin and other languages to be able to express themselves for the betterment of their working relationship and communication with other nationalities.
He announced that they already provided scholarship grants in nine (9) different languages including Nihongo and Mandarin in TESDA Central Office but what he really wanted is for TESDA training centers, all over the country, to also offer language training programs so that trainees from provinces do not need to travel far just to acquire language-based training.
Joel De Jesus, Center Chief of the Regional Training Center (RTC) Mariveles, informed that they had a partnership with Philippine Assist Life Manpower Corporation, a licensed agency that tap skilled Filipino workers for possible training in Japan. He said that they offered and completed a 20-day Basic Japanese Language and Cultures training program to 24 Bataeños last July 7, 2017. Another batch is currently having an on-going training and will be finished on September 2017, De Jesus added.
Mobile training program
Sec. Gene stated that what he sought for is for all TESDA training centers be registered for mobile training program. This, he said, will be a great way to better serve the people and for them to get closer with beneficiaries especially those in the helm of society.
Eufronio Torres, Center Administrator of PTC-Orion, informed that the Municipal Government of Orion, headed by Mayor Raymundo, has donated a school bus and will eventually be turned into a mobile training facility that will cater to the training demands from respondents living in remote and far to reach areas in Bataan.
RTC as center of excellence
Sec. Gene then proceeded to the Regional Training Center-Mariveles in Camaya and check the facilities of the training center.
He instructed the RTC-Mariveles Center chief, to submit a proposal for the refurbishment of the dormitory and facilities of the said training center. He said that he envisioned that all TESDA regional training centers be the center of excellence and provide outstanding service in terms of education and training to all Filipinos. (Sierra E. Flores/TESDA Bataan)