Month: August 2013

TESDA chief leads relief op in Bulacan and Pampanga

Deep flood waters caused by tropical storm Maring and aggravated by the habagat did not stop Secretary Joel Villanueva, TESDA Director General from joining RD Ted Gatchalian of TESDA-III, PD Benhur Baniqued of TESDA-Pampanga, and the officers and members of the association of technical vocational schools in Bulacan and Pampanga in the relief operations done in the two provinces on August 24.

“This is our way of celebrating the 19th anniversary of TESDA,” said Sec. Villanueva. The agency was born on August 25, 1994 by virtue of Republic Act 7996.

Early in the day, Sec. Villanueva, RD Ted, PD Luz Amponin of TESDA-Bulacan, and the Bulacan Association of Technical Schools (BATS) donated relief goods in the flood-affected towns of Bocaue, Paombong, and Calumpit in Bulacan.

Afterwards they proceeded to Macabebe, Minalin, and Sto. Tomas to turn over rice, canned, goods, bottled water, and instant noodles to the local chief executives of the affected towns. The relief items will be distributed to hundreds of affected families stranded in relocation areas. Heavy assistance was provided by the officers and members of the Pampanga Federation of Technical Institutions (PAFTI), led by Gene Militante and Gregorio Sison Jr.

TESDA3 inks dual training accord with Yokohama tires

TESDA-Central Luzon, thru its Provincial Training Center in Tarlac, recently forged a training accord with Yokohama Tire Philippines, Inc. (YTPI) for the implementation of the Dual Training System (DTS).

Led by Regional Director Teodoro Gatchalian and Tarlac Provincial Director Belinda Labutong, PTC-Tarlac Center Administrator Leonardo Tabamo signed the DTS the memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the three vice presidents of YTPI namely Tadaharu Yamamoto, Kesitoshi Morimoto, and Angelina Casasola. PTC Tarlac shall supply welding trainees to the YTPI, one of the largest tire manufacturing firms been operating at the Clark Freeport Zone for nearly two decades.

“We are thankful and delighted that YTPI has become our partner in the implementation of the DTS in Central Luzon. This is a big boost in our efforts to develop and nurture stronger ties with the private sector, especially among the industries” said RD Gatchalian. “We believe that the program is the most appropriate and effective mode of delivery training wherein the public and private technical vocational institutions can directly address the needs of the industries by training and producing skilled workers with positive work attitude,” he added.

For YTPI Vice President Angelina Casasola, “We are very happy about this partnership with TESDA because it augurs well with the achievement of our company’s objectives, and also with our pursuit to relevance thru our corporate social responsibility projects.” This was echoed by hedr fellow VPs Tadaharu Yamamoto and Kesitoshi Morimoto. Casasola added that YTPI has just completed its expansion program which will require additional workers in the next 2-3 years.

RD Gatchalian explained that the DTS, made possible by Republic Act 7686, has since become one of TESDA’s flagship programs in the country today. “We have been rejuvenating the DTS in the region so that the schools and the industries are able to avail of and optimize its benefits. Under the program, the companies are assured of an adequate supply of competent manpower with positive work values while the schools are able to produce graduates whose skills and competence directly match the needs of the industries,” he said.

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