• TVIRD readies workers for mine shutdown

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    TVI Resources Development Philippines Inc. (TVIRD) has initiated a multi-agency intervention program to orient its workers about business opportunities and alternative employment, as part of the preparation for the decommissioning of its mine in Zamboanga del Norte.

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    “The intervention is part of TVIRD’s program to prepare its employees, with respect to providing them the means to acquire gainful employment and livelihood once they are separated from the company,” said Yody Marzo, TVIRD Corporate Services vice president, in a statement on Friday.

    TVIRD is set to conclude its current operations at its copper-zinc project in Siocon, Canatuan in Zamboanga del Norte by the end of 2013, due to the depletion of ore in its mine site.

    At this time, the company will gradually scale back its workforce in order to sustain operational efficiency in processing, as well as to ensure the proper delivery of employee benefits.

    TVIRD laid the groundwork for its retrenchment process in 2012 and has since established programs and activities to help augment employee income through training and skills development.

    The retrenchment process also ensures a strict compliance to legal requirements covering compensation and employee benefits, Marzo said.

    For alternative employment here and abroad, TVIRD conducted a program last month in cooperation with the Department of Labor and Employment, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda), the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Agriculture.

    “Tesda’s issuance of national certificates [NC] to our skilled workers who passed its certification process is part of that plan. NCs are issued to our workers as a way to prepare them for the future, making them more marketable,” Marzo added.

    At present, over 100 employees were issued NCII certifications, officially stating that their skills exceed entry-level requirements, and that they can perform to the standards expected in the workplace based on competency standards, therefore making them eligible for employment.

    NCs in the fields of welding, automotive servicing, shielded metal arc welding, electrical installation and maintenance, computer hardware servicing, and driving were issued to qualified employees.

    A special training on resume and cover letter writing was also conducted to enhance their competitiveness, Marzo said.

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