SUBIC BAY FREEPORT: The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) are seeking to establish a vocational training center inside the special economic zone.
The two agencies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoA) with the aim of producing a more skilled and reliable workforce suited to the booming industries of the SBMA.
SBMA Chairman and Trustee Rolen Paulino and Tesda Secretary Isidro Lapeña signed the agreement at the Hilton Clark Hotel in Clark Freeport on Thursday during Tesda’s 17th General Management Conference.
“Subic Bay Freeport is well known for being the hub of highly skilled and English-speaking workers. That’s why many foreign investors have confidently set up their businesses here,” Paulino said.
Under the agreement, building 309 located on Canal Road in Subic Bay Freeport will be used as a training and skills assessment center to train potential workers who will complement the labor needs of industries within the free zone.
He added that the center also intends to meet requirements for improved training and assessment of workers in the free zone, which includes workers displaced due to the pandemic, indigenous peoples and sectors. disadvantaged in the region.
Secretary Lapeña, meanwhile, said: “For skills and livelihoods programs, the training center will offer programs in sectors related to agriculture, construction, automotive and transport. land for displaced workers and others in need of training and skills upgrading”.
The MoA also said that the SBMA will provide the training venue or facility, including the cost of utilities, while Tesda will ensure that qualified trainers and assessors, as well as tools, supplies, equipment and appropriate materials are available for the conduct of training and evaluation.
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 intended beneficiaries.
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 systems workshops on the second floor.
In 2018, the SBMA and Tesda also collaborated with a company engaged in motor vehicle trade here for the training of workers in the automotive industry.