Tarlac’s Sanyo semicon, techvoc grads bag Kabalikat, Idol awards

Sanyo Semiconductor Manufacturing Philippines Corporation (SSMPC), one the country’s leading manufacturer of electronic products operating in Luisita Industrial Park, Tarlac City, was adjudged as TESDA’s National Kabalikat Awardee in the industry-partner category.

The award was received by Erlinda Aquino, human resource officer of SSMPC during the TESDA Institutional Awards on August 23, 2013. The event was one of the highlights of the Agency’s 19th anniversary celebration themed: “TESDA at Mangagawang Pilipino, Magkasangga sa Patuloy na Pag-Asenso”.

As an active partner of TESDA-Tarlac in the delivery of enterprise-based training (EBT) in the province, SSMPC embarked on the implementation of the Apprenticeship Program (AP) more than 12 years ago. To date, more than 50% of the total regular workforce of SSMPC is a product of the AP and Dual Training System. They continue to support EBT by establishing new partnerships with other technical vocational institutions in Tarlac.

The Kabalikat is TESDA’s way of paying tribute and recognizing the outstanding contribution of its partners in the delivery of technical education and skills development programs throughout the country.

Meantime, Tarlac once again produced TESDA-III’s regional Idol ng TESDA. They are Jonathan Gotidoc, Jr. in the wage-employed category and Marvin Castañeda, winner in the self-employed category.

Since childhood, Gotidoc, a trainer from Tarlac School of Arts and Trades (TSAT) dreams to become a teacher but poverty forced him to stop his college degree. Refusing to give up on his lifelong dream, he opted to enroll in a 2-year hotel and restaurant management course at TSAT. Afterwards, he attended TESDA’s Trainers Methodology1 course and passed the competency assessment which allowed him to become a certified tech-voc trainer.

TESDA helped him achieve his dreams in ways he never expected.

Today, Gotidoc helps his family in their everyday needs. He also enrolled in Bachelor of Science major in technology and home economics to further sharpen his skills and enhance his qualifications.

Marvin Castañeda, winner in the self-employed category had a familiar route. A course in Basic reflexology in 2007 enabled him to initially provide home service within his immediate locality. Hard work, patience, and determination pushed him to put up a reflexology nook in Uniwide Store, Tarlac City, employing the services of five massage therapists.

In 2012, he became a scholar under TESDA’s Training for Work Scholarship Program. He enrolled in Massage Therapy NCII and passed the competency assessment which boosted his business. He also became a TESDA Specialista. Aside from earning an average of P25,000 a month, he also serve as a trainer in the Provincial Government of Tarlac’s community-based trainings.

The new of Idols ng TESDA represent the best and the finest among thousands of skills training graduates from TESDA supervised training institutions and technical vocational institutions.

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