The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) of Central Luzon launched its P93.9M Cash for Training Program (C4TP) for Region III on March 4, 2013 at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center.
C4TP shall benefit at least 4,695 out of school youth who will undergo skills training at designated technical vocational institutions (TVIs) for them to become wage (trabaho) or self-employed (hanapbuhay). Each C4TP scholar shall receive P20,000 worth of financial assistance
The launch is part of the P1.314B nationwide program that shall benefit more than 65,000 OSYs and unemployed adults that are identified and selected by the DSWD thru its Cash Conditional Transfer, also known as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, or from among the Pag-Asa Youth Association members.
Secretary Joel Villanueva, TESDA Director General and DSWD’s Assistant Secretary for Operations and Coach-Monitor of Luzon Cluster Teodulo Romo Jr. led the launching ceremonies with TESDA-III Regional Director Teodoro Gatchalian, DSWD- Regional Director Adelina Apostol, TESDA provincial directors, and the provincial, city and municipal social welfare officials of the DSWD.
Villanueva said that the C4TP is a combination of both the Filipino’s affinity to work or trabaho and the Chinese’s bias for entrepreneurship or negosyo. He called on the benecifiaries whom he described as the chosen ones to “…train hard, and later on, work hard to achieve their dreams.”
On the other hand, RD Gatchalian said that under the program, the scholars shall choose and enroll in tech-voc courses that are “key employment generators” as identified by the Department of Labor and Employment. The courses are in the areas of Agribusiness, Business Process Outsourcing, Construction, Manufacturing, Tourism, Health, Wellness and Medical Tourism, and Transport and Logistics.
TESDA’s technology institutions and partner TVIs shall deliver the programs either at their own training facilities or thru the mobile approach, where the trainings take place at the barangays.
Finally, a corporate identity for the federation of the associations of technical vocational institutions (TVIs) in Region III is assured.
The heads of the TVI associations, led by Gregorio ‘Bong’ Sison Jr. of the Pampanga Federation of Technical Institutions, Inc (PAFTI) forged the constitution and by-laws the Central Luzon Technical Vocational Institution Federation, Incorporated or TVI-Central last January 16, 2013 at the TESDA-III office at the City of San Fernando, Pampanga.
TVI-Central aims to develop and offer sustainable and market-driven technical vocational education and training programs in Central Luzon. It also seeks to nurture harmonious partnership with the TESDA Regional and Provincial units and other TVET stakeholders in terms of policy formulation and implementation, upgrading and standardization of TVET programs, and TVET marketing and advocacy.
As head of the TVI-Central, Mr. Bong Sison vowed to pursue programs and activities that shall foster camaraderie among the member schools, and those that seek to enhance the delivery of sound, good quality technical vocational education and training in the region.
Aside from the PAFTI, the member associations and heads are the Aurora Technical Vocational Educators Association, Inc. (ATVEA) Jaime S. Gose, President; Bataan Federation of Technical Institutions, Inc. (BaFTI) Rogelio S. Zulueta Jr., President; Bulacan Association of Technical Schools, Inc. (BATS) Millie S. Kaw, President; Nueva Ecija Association of Technical Vocational Institutions, Inc (NEATVI) Teresita L. Monzon, President; Philippine Association of Higher Education and Technical Institutions-Tarlac, Inc (PAHETI-Tarlac) Luisito G. De Jesus, President; and Olongapo-Zambales Association of Technical Institutions, Inc. (OZAPTI) Rene Paulo M. Legaspi, President.
TESDA-Central Luzon (TESDA-CL) is now conducting a comprehensive profiling of company locators in the three Freeport Zones of Clark, Subic, and Bataan to determine their needs for skilled workers in the next 3-5 years, the results of which shall pave the way for the drafting of the Mid-term Manpower and Development Plan for Central Luzon
The study, which will be done in coordination with the authorities of the three Freeport Zones and the provincial offices of Pampanga, Bataan and Zambales, is also an attempt to come up with an updated and reliable registry of company locators, their sizes and nature of business, training and recruitment practices, status of workers, and preferred assistance from the government to ensure an adequate pool of highly trained quality middle-level manpower.
It is an offshoot of TESDA-CL’s memorandum of agreement with the authorities of the three Freeport zones that was signed in July 4, 2012.
To lay down the groundwork for the project, Regional Director Teodoro Gatchalian met with Atty. Deogracias Custodio, chairman of the Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB) and his deputies last November 19, 2012 at latter’s headquarters in Mariveles along with Bataan PD Remy Flestado Pampanga PD BenHur Baniqued, and Jaime Castillo of RTCCL-Mariveles. A month before, the same discussion was held at the Clark Freeport by PD Baniqued and then TESDA-Pampanga OIC Jenica Dunglao with the officials of the Clark Development Corporation’s Customer Services and Labor Department.
The Dong in Group of Companies, a garments-based Korean company operating in the Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB), is the latest to join the Dual Training System (DTS) bandwagon as a partner of the Regional Training Center-Central Luzon-Mariveles (RTCCL-Mariveles).
Dong-In Group Executive General Manager Ki Jung Park and General Manager Myung Jae Baek signed the memorandum of agreement with RTCCL-Mariveles Center Chief Jaime Castillo at the company’s office in the FAB last December 10, 2012. The agreement effectively covers the five member-companies of the Dong-In Group: Almatech Manufacturing Corporation, DI Dawn Patrol Manufacturing Corp, Dong-In Entech K-1, Inc., East-Cam Tech Corp., and the Mountaineering Instruments Corp.
Essentially, the agreement is for the conduct of industrial sewing machine operation (ISMO) training to produce backpacks, chilled carriers, strollers and harness. The training program will start on January 2013 with an initial batch of 200 sewers.
RTCCL-Mariveles’s roster of company-partners also includes Mitsumi Philippines, Inc., Chun Chiang Manufacturing Corporation, and FCF Manufacturing.