02 February 2012
Businesses operating within the Clark Freeport Zone have agreed to adopt the enterprise-based system of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in training and hiring workers.
Under a memorandum of agreement, TESDA-Pampanga and Clark Development Corporation (CDC) said they will share information such as training and manpower requirements of the Clark Freeport locators, and available skills and manpower in the province.
The agreement highlights the institutionalization of the enterprise-based system as a mode of training prospective workers for companies operating in the region’s business hub.
The enterprise-based training covers the apprenticeship and learnership programs (AP/LP) and the dual training system/dualized training program (DTS/DTP).
Institutionalized through the enactment of Republic Act 7686 in 1994, the DTS is an instructional delivery system of technical and vocational education and training that combines in-plant and in-school training, based on a training plan designed and implemented by accredited dual system agricultural, industrial and business establishments.
The apprenticeship program, meanwhile, exposes trainees to actual operations and hand-on training in selected companies.
Under the program, employment of the trainee is assured after he finishes the course, and while on training at the company, he receives training allowance computed at 75 percent of the prevailing minimum wage.
“The enterprise-based training is a program of matching education with jobs. It assures that what one learns in school or the training center is something that he can use in the workplace. We are glad that this partnership with the Clark Development Corporation has been realized,” TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva said.
To date, there are 16 companies or locators within the Freeport Zone that are in partnership with technical-vocational institutions implementing the DTS program. Additional 35 companies are in the process of accreditation for the adoption of the said training mode.
By the end of the year, Villanueva said he hopes more locators and companies would be convinced of the importance of the DTS in addressing job mismatch.
TESDA has earlier allocated P100 million worth of scholarships in seven provinces within the region, including Pampanga. Specifically in the said province, Villanueva instructed the agency’s local officials to extend the assistance to those affected by typhoons Pedring and Quiel.
At least 1,016 beneficiaries have so far benefited from the seven municipalities of the fourth district of Pampanga.
Villanueva said that a survey is also in the works within the Clark Freeport to determine the manpower needs and other projections for human resource requirements in the next three to five years. About 75 percent or 375 of all active locators have been surveyed so far.
TESDA trainings are also geared toward courses identified as key employment generators such as hotel and tourism, cyber services and construction.
Meanwhile, Villanueva also graced the Central Luzon Regional Skills Competition and handed awards to trainees who have excelled in their respective fields.
A total of 113 trainees joined the competition coming from seven provinces – Aurora, Bataan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales and Bulacan. Representatives from Bulacan emerged as the champion in the competition, followed by Bataan.
“Starting from the provincial level, what we are trying to do actually is to push our trainees and trainers to continue sharpening their skills; to achieve excellence in various trade skills and occupations – to test their confidence and over-all ability; and consequently, to achieve genuine competitiveness,” Villanueva said.