Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOA) to rekindle their partnership to produce a workforce more qualified and more reliable.
SBMA Chairman and Trustee Rolen C. Paulino and TESDA Secretary Isidro S. Lapeña signed the agreement at the Hilton Clark Hotel in Clark Freeport Thursday during the 17th annual TESDA General Management Conference. the TESDA.
“Subic Bay Freeport is well known for being the hub of highly skilled, English-speaking workers. That is why many foreign investors have set up their businesses here with confidence,” Paulino said.
He added that even at the height of the pandemic, foreign investors remained in Freeport, still hoping for this to happen in the Philippines and help revive the economy.
According to the MOA, Building 309 located on Canal Road in Subic Bay Freeport will be used as a skills training and assessment center to train potential workers who will complement the labor needs of industries within the city. Subic Bay Freeport area (SBFZ).
He added that the center also intends to address the needs for improved training and assessment of workers in the Freeport area, which include workers displaced due to the pandemic, indigenous peoples and disadvantaged sectors of the region. .
Secretary Lapeña said: “For skills and livelihoods programs, the training center will offer programs in sectors related to agriculture, construction, automotive and ground transportation for displaced workers. and others in need of training and skills upgrading or retraining”.
The MOA also said that the SBMA will provide the training venue or facility, including the cost of utilities, while the TESDA will ensure that qualified trainers and evaluators, as well as tools, supplies, Appropriate equipment and materials are available for the conduct of training and evaluation.
“TESDA will also provide free training and assessment and other related services through available scholarship programs. Both parties will jointly implement minimum health protocols in the conduct of training and assessment in the framework of the new normal,” added Lapeña.
The duration of the MOA is five years, providing the two agencies with a long-term partnership. It also ensures that appropriate training and assessment programs and services are extended to the intended beneficiaries of the SBFZ.
The training center is a two-storey building with an area of 2,000 square meters, initially costing 6.5 million pesos allocated by the SBMA for the renovation. The first phase will include welding shops, an electrical training program and other support facilities.
The SBMA facility expansion project includes the creation of electronics and photovoltaic system workshops on the second floor.
Witnessing the event were Clark Development Corporation (CDC) President Emmanuel Gaerlan, TESDA Board Members Randy Nonato and Nonita Ortiz, SBMA Labor Manager Atty. Melvin Varias, SBMA Public Relations Officer Armie Llamas, TESDA Region 3 Director Balmyrson Valdez, TESDA Deputy Director General (DDG) Lina Sarmiento, DDG Rosanna Urdaneta, DDG Aniceto Bertiz III, DDG Gabriel Luis Quisumbing and other officials from both agencies.
In 2018, SBMA and TESDA also partnered with a motor vehicle trading company here to train workers in the automotive industry.
Subictrak International Inc., a Subic registered company engaged in the import, refurbishment, rebuilding and re-export of motor vehicles and heavy equipment, has joined TESDA for a dual factory training system to help raise truck rebuilding standards.