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TESDA, World Vision give training center a makeover
by eTESDA PMU - Friday, 28 November 2014, 01:57 PM
The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and World Vision Development Foundation Inc. have signed a new deal to give an auto mechanic training center a needed makeover to make learning more conducive and responsive to the needs of the trainees and partner companies.

Signing a Memorandum of Agreement on November 28, TESDA and World Vision pledged to continue and expand initiatives toward technical vocational (tech-voc) training of the youth and possible employment opportunities.

Secretary Joel Villanueva and executive director Josaias Dela Cruz signed the agreement for TESDA and World Vision, respectively.

The new partnership will entail a P15.187 million cost, which World Vision will transfer to TESDA to implement the work.

It will cover the rehabilitation of the TESDA Auto Mechanic Training Center in Abucay, Tacloban City in Leyte and its facilities, which were damaged by super typhoon Yolanda in November last year.

Aside from the repair of the workshop building, the work will also cover the cafeteria building, dormitory and covered court. The fund will also be used to purchase new training facilities.

"Training centers are hubs of learning. It is where trainees are given full exposure and hands-on experience using appropriate facilities and the latest technology," Villanueva said.

"Rebuilding the center will bring fresh hopes to the trainees that their education can continue and that they can move on after the tragedy," he said.

TESDA and World Vision earlier signed a three-year agreement to strengthen the skills training for auto mechanics.

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.

World vision is a Christian, relief development and advocacy organization, which champions the child sponsorship program that facilitates access to education, good health, values formation and child protection activities for poor children.

At the same time, the organization helps the children's families and communities toward sustainability through capacity- building trainings, resource mobilization and community-based livelihood programs. It also focuses on the youth's technical skills development and possible job placement. END