TESDA, PAGCOR to bring skills training to far-flung communities thru mobile labs
TAGUIG CITY, Jan. 12 (PIA) — The Technical education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Philippine Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) forge a partnership to bring skills training in the far-flung communities of the country.
With PAGCOR’s P50-million donation, TESDA came up with 40 Mobile Training Laboratories that will bring technical-vocational training programs to barangys of the poorest provinces as a way of fighting poverty.
The mobile labs will soon roll out in provinces initially identified as among the priority areas for intervention because of the lack of access to technical vocation education.
The project targets to produce 23,100 graduates of various tech-voc courses from these areas.
In a statement, TESDA Director Genral Joel Villanueva said part of the goal is “to make tech-voc training a real life experience to many of our youth, and key to making it happen is to reach out to them.”
“Many might have heard of tech-voc, but don’t know where to find it. If we make them experience it, then they would realize that they can have a career choice,” he added.
PAGCOR chairman Cristino Naguiat Jr. said the project “is all about skills development and workforce development.”
“By teaching young people critical industry skills, the mobile training lab is helping them get a head start on future careers and making them more attractive for future positions,” Naguiat said.
The mobile lab is a compact box loaded on top of a trailer. Four movable boxes will be placed inside the compact box — two to three boxes for tools, equipment and training package, and a box for multimedia equipment and its accessories per area. The compact box when loaded, weighs more or less two tons, which could be pulled by an ordinary passenger jeepney.
Each mobile lab shall have a complete set of training tools, training specific equipment and sufficient number of training packages (curriculum, learning materials, assessment tools, mock-ups for a particular training program) and appropriate multimedia equipment and accessories. These training resources will complement the available training resources of the tech-voc institutions implementing the training programs in partnership with the local government units.
The 40 mobile labs that will be initially produced will be delivered to the recipient provinces, which have been identified among the poorest — Apayao, Masbate, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Zamboanga del Norte, Camiguin, North Cotabato, Saranggani, Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao. Other provinces will be covered for the next phase of the project.
“We aim to make the mobile laboratories available in other provinces in the coming months so that access to tech-voc would be within everyone’s reach,” Villanueva said.
“The reality is there are towns even in progressive provinces that do not have a single tech-voc school or college. We hope to be able to fill this gap in the coming months,” he added.
A Deed of Donation for the mobile labs will be executed between PAGCOR and the recipient provinces.
Among the training programs to be offered are the following: Appliance Repair, Cellphone Repair, Plumbing, Electrical Installation & Maintenance, Small Engine Repair, Cookery, Bread and Pastry Production, and Food Processing.
Villanueva said that with the mobile labs, participants will save on transportation cost, boarding house and meal allowances.
For every poor disenfranchised youth failing to reach the doorsteps of a tech-voc school, the mobile labs shall instead knock on 25 doors at one time, bringing a promise of learning and economic empowerment, he said. (TESDA/RJB/SDL/PIA-NCR)
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