06 July 2012

TESDA ink MOA with Central Luzon-based Freeport Zones

Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Secretary Joel Villanueva on Wednesday signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with heads of Clark Development Corporation (CDC), Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB) and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) for an active partnership toward the promotion of the agency’s various programs to locators in these Freeport Zones.

The MOA covers collaboration in job-skills matching, policy consultation, conduct of industry studies, assessment and certification of middle-level workers and implementation of the Dual Training System (DTS).

“TESDA is the college of jobs. We address unemployment and skills mismatch. We had been the refuge of companies who are in search of workers that fits their standards,” Villanueva said.

“The MOA signings are a huge step towards our agency’s goal to further develop meaningful collaborations with the industries thru relevant technical education and skills development programs and services in order to produce a pool of world-class middle-level workforce. With this, we will know extensively the skills requirements of companies in Central Luzon which in turn will lead to the economic boost of the region” he added.

SBMA Chairman and Administrator Roberto Garcia disclosed “the MOA signing is timely as the Philippines is now on the threshold of an economic takeoff thanks to the good governance program of President Aquino which has attracted investors. In Subic alone, we will need some 15,000 skilled workers in the next two years. Among the careers will be offering include plumbers, machine operators, carpenters and welders. We are hoping the DTS will be helpful in finding the people to fill these jobs.”

For Clark’s part, CDC Chairman and Officer-In-Charge Eduardo Oban said “this enhanced partnership with TESDA would allow us to attract more local and foreign firms to locate in our Freeport as they are given the assurance that the Filipino workers they would hire are competent and armed with positive work values that make them the best assets of any company.”

Meanwhile, AFAB Chairman and Administrator Deogracias Custodio noted, “the grand MOA signing signals how working together can help us realize our common goals toward meeting challenges of a changed global business environment. Globalization requires our workers to be more competitive and businesses now see the vast advantages of collaborations and I commend TESDA for initiating this move.”

An adaptation from the German model, DTS is a modality that combines theoretical and practical training as learning takes place in two venues: the school or training center and the company or workshop.

In DTS, the school and workplace share the responsibility of providing trainees with well-coordinated learning experiences and opportunities.

This close cooperation between the school and the company ensures that the trainees are fully equipped with employable skills, work knowledge, and attitudes at the end of the training.

On-the-job training in the workplace complements the general and occupation-related theoretical instruction provided by the school.

Trainees under the DTS spend at least 40 percent of the training/learning time in school and 60 percent for practical training in the company.

Coinciding with the occasion was the signing of around 70 companies and 30 public and private technical-vocational institutions across the region of their respective accord for the delivery of the DTS. (WLB/CLJD-PIA3)