A lawmaker has proposed the creation of the Masbate Institute of Fisheries and Technology in Ticao Island in Masbate to provide high school graduates and out-of-school youth in the area access to a public technical training provider.
Rep. Maria Vida Bravo of the first district, Masbate) authored House Bill No. 5575 to give the youth in Ticao Island the opportunity to improve their lives.
In filing the measure, Bravo noted the existing poverty situation in the island, which is primarily caused by low productivity of its human resources with limited employment opportunities.
Bravo said this is compounded by the problem of geographical isolation, especially during typhoon months when students could hardly cross from Ticao Island to mainland Masbate where most of the technical training providers are located.
“Our migration among the youth and other members of the labor force is high but with it has no significant impact on the local economy since most of the outbound workers for possible employment in the urban centers lack the required skills in the domestic labor market. Hence, employability and productivity remain an issue,” Bravo said.
She said there is a private higher education institution along with a number of technical vocational education and training providers in the island, but still many cannot afford to pursue post-secondary training because of the limited financial capacity of most families.
Under the measure, the National Government shall establish an extension campus of Milagros School of Fisheries now being renamed as Masbate Institute of Fisheries and Technology in the Island of Ticao, province of Masbate.
The Masbate Institute of Fisheries and Technology-Ticao Island Campus shall be under the supervision of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.
The extension campus shall provide relevant quality and affordable technical vocational education and training to the out of school youth, high school graduates, underemployed adults, and other workers in the informal sector.
The training programs to be offered shall enhance access of greater number of labor population to livelihood skills and other technical vocational training that will produce multi-skilled and competent workers to support the demand in the domestic and international labor market.
The campus training programs shall be assigned with the key employment generators identified by the Department of Labor and Employment as responsive to the requirements of the local, domestic and international labor market.
The amount of P10 million shall be appropriated to include the procurement of lot, the construction of building, and the procurement of required training tools and equipment.