TechNical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) announced on Saturday that a training facility will soon be built in Iloilo to serve as technical vocational (tech-voc) hub for youth.
This will be possible through a memorandum of agreement (MOA) among Tesda, Leon Ganzon Polytechnic College (LGPC) and Ayala Land Inc. covering the implementation of the Sicagon Island Development Project in Northern Iloilo.
According to Tesda Director General Irene Isaac, the agreement aims to provide better learning environment through construction of a training facility.
Furthermore, the project will assist underprivileged but deserving students by providing them with quality training.
Majority of the trainees will come from families to be affected by the tourism development projects.
The trainings would include values orientation, especially for participants coming from fishing families.
“So they can have the necessary skills based on standards set by a world-class workplace,” Isaac said.
Under the agreement, Ayala Land will construct a 156-square meter training facility at the LGPC campus in Balasan, Iloilo, at an estimated cost of Php 2.8 million.
LGPC will provide free training to prospective workers equivalent to the cost of training facility.
The trainees will be identified by Ayala Land and endorsed by LGPC. These trainees are expected to be employed in the construction and operation of beach resorts and other tourism facilities in Sicogon Island.
Meanwhile, following registered programs will be offered by LGPC under the agreement: Automotive Servicing NC II; Driving NC II; Motorcycle/Small Engine Servicing NC II; Carpentry NC II; Electrical Installation and Maintenance NC II; Masonry NC II; Electronic Products Assembly Servicing NC II; Dressmaking NC II; Tailoring NC II; RAC Servicing NC II; Shielded Metal Arc Welding NC I and NC II; Food Processing NC II; Bread and Pastry Production NC II; Cookery NC II; Food and Beverage Services NC II; and, Housekeeping NC II.
The MOA was signed by Ayala Land Vice President Al Legaspi, LGPC-Tesda vocational school administrator Esther Babalo, and Sicogon Island community leader Randy Bersol.
Isaac, Tesda Regional Director Toni June Tamayo and provincial directors of Tesda-Regional office 6, together with Department of Tourism official Helen Catalbas witnessed the signing.