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TESDA partnerships to lift Baguio tech-voc
by eTESDA PMU - Friday, 5 September 2014, 02:29 PM
Technical vocational education is getting the much needed push from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) through partnerships with the local government unit and private corporations.

Two Memorandum of Agreement recently signed are expected to bring in resources and technical know-how to further enhance the quality and expand the reach of tech-voc programs in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), including Baguio City.

The agreement with the City government of Baguio, represented by Mayor Mauricio Domogan, will raise a total of P10 million for the enhancement of tech-voc training of students at the Baguio City School of Arts and Trades (BCSAT).

The partnership with Moog Controls Corporation Inc. (MCC), a private corporation holding business at the Baguio City Economic Zone, will yield donations of machines and associated technology to the Regional Training Center of TESDA-CAR to help trainees specialize in producing aviation and industrial parts.

"We can and must continue to invest in a skilled workforce. This is where TESDA, the local and national government and the private sector can come together to contribute to the development of our communities, "TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva said.

"Fortunately, we have government, industry and private partners who are always invigorated in pitching in for the skills training of our youth," Villanueva said.

The partnership with the Baguio City government came in at an opportune time as the BCSAT, the only public tech-voc school in the city, faces challenges on dealing with increasing enrollment.

TESDA and the city government pledged to give P5 million each to BCSAT to expand its training facilities, enhance the capability of its instructors and trainers and upgrade its equipment and program to keep it relevant and competitive.

Meanwhile, Villanueva said, the tie-up with MCC will help the Regional Training Center live up to its name of being the center of excellence in modern manufacturing technology in the region that produces highly skilled and internationally competitive trainees and workers that could provide quality aviation and industrial parts, as well as manufacturing allied systems and services.

"MCC, which is in the business of manufacturing high performance precision control systems for aerospace, aircraft and industrial use now desires to establish a partner-supplier that will focus development of Moog-type core technical and behavioral job competencies at all levels of the organization," the memorandum states.

MCC will donate machines and associated technology to the Regional Training Center to be used for income generating projects and training program to be jointly developed by TESDA and MCC.

It will also provide TESDA-CAR with a detailed list of aviation and industrial parts and components which can be localized or contracted to the production training facility of the local office.

"When we link with the private sector and local governments, we do not only ease the cost of training. We also see the path where our young people should be directed in terms of tech-voc education so that employment would be inevitable once they graduate," Villanueva said. END