July 17, 2017
The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is set to launch the Mobile Training Laboratory (MTL) which aims to bring its skills training program to remote areas nationwide.
TESDA Director General, Secretary Guiling “Gene” Mamondiong said that those interested to avail of the agency's skills training plan do not have to go to training institutions anymore based on the MTL program. Instead, it's the MTL facility which will visit their places.
On Wednesday, July 19, TESDA will turn-over the MTL facilities to 10 poor provinces nationwide. These places are Apayao, Masbate, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Zamboanga del Norte, Camiguin, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Northern Cotobato and Saranggani.
“The MTL are training facilities can be easily transported from one place to another within the province. It is composed of four movable compact boxes on a trailer that includes tools, equipment, training package and multi-media equipment and accessories,” said Mamondiong.
The turn-over ceremony of MTL facilities will be held at the Iligan City National High School in Mahayahay, Iligan City. Simultaneous with the turn-over rite would be the launch of various TESDA programs, including Massive Skills Training and TESDA Emergency Program for TVET Trainers and Assessors (TEPTTA).
Joining forces with TESDA is the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) which will provide funds for the projects.
The courses under the MTL facility which will be taught in 10 provinces are Appliance Repair, Bread and Pastry, Cookery, Electrical Installation and Maintenance, Food Processing, Plumbing and Small Engine Repair.
“The Mobile Training Laboratory (MTL) is a training delivery model designed to implement technology-based training programs in far-flung communities of the country’s 10 poorest provinces in terms of poverty incidence through portable boxes containing tolls and equipment, mock-ups and training packages in designated places in the community as a venue of training. A total of sixty (60) MTLs at six (6) MTLs for each province shall be fabricated and delivered to the beneficiary provinces," according to the program description of the project.