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TESDA, World Vision extend partnership to train mechanics
by eTESDA PMU - Monday, 1 September 2014, 04:23 PM
The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and World Vision Development Foundation Inc. have extended their partnership agreement to boost skills training for auto mechanics.

The Memorandum of Agreement recently signed by the two parties stretched the tie-up until March 2017.

World Vision will pour in P37.4 million over the three year period of the project. The fund will be jointly managed with TESDA to ensure the continuity of the operations of the Auto Mechanic Training Center in Tacloban City, Leyte, where the training is being conducted.

TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva said successful partnerships in technical vocational training such as the one with World Vision deserve continuity to benefit more youth.

"In the training center, the trainees are given full exposure to the latest automotive technology and hands-on training. Thus, the graduates easily find jobs after graduation," Villanueva said.

The TESDA chief said World Vision's initiative to continue the project would also impact on Tacloban City's local economy, which is only beginning to recover after being battered by typhoon Yolanda last year.

"It's our contribution to the rebuilding and development of social sectors in the area," Villanueva said.

Under the agreement, TESDA will handle the skills training, tapping its highly-qualified trainers to conduct the training sessions.

World Vision will select the trainees. It will conduct house visits and interview applicants and their families in collaboration with TESDA.

It will also supplement and enhance the training curriculum when it comes to the non-technical aspect by providing thematic and non-technical value formation learning programs to trainees as well as the center staff.

Together with TESDA, World Vision will also assist on the possible job placement of graduates after undergoing assessment and obtaining the National Certificate.

A Christian relief, development and advocacy organization, World Vision also champions the Child Sponsorship program that facilitates access to education, good health, values formation and child protection activities for poor children, while helping their families and communities toward sustainability through capacity-building training, resource mobilization and community-based livelihood programs.

The agreement was signed on August 15 by Villanueva and Josaias dela Cruz, World Vision executive director.