The Breadwinner | Mario F. Fetalino Jr.
One thing good about giant corporations is that they can walk the talk. Take for example San Miguel corporation which recently delivered its promised assistance to residents of a town affected by its airport project.
The conglomerate reported the pilot batch of former Taliptip residents trainees are looking to graduate very soon from their skills training under the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA).
This as the conglomerate vowed to open the program to more Bulacan residents in the next coming months. With positive feedback coming from the initial 60 enrollees, SMC and TESDA have already been receiving a lot of inquiries for the succeeding batches.
As bared by SMC President and Chief Executive Officer Ramon Ang, they are very pleased with the reports that the initial batch of enrollees who are formerly from Barangay Taliptip are very eager to learn and are doing well in their training.
SMC appreciates the enrollees’r effort in learning new skills during the pandemic as this shows their eagerness and pride to participate in a game-changer of a project that will not only benefit them, but also the generations to come.
The pilot batch is performing well. The ongoing training is effective since the graduates are equipped to become competent in their field of choice and prepared for either wage or self-employment, ” according to TESDA provincial director Jovencio Ferrer, Jr.
Arvee Vasquez, Erwin Libao, and Jojit Teodoro, students in the heavy equipment/hydraulic excavator training course, said the SMC-TESDA program will enable them to eye opportunities at the airport construction project.
For his part, the 25 year-old Libao said he will also value the friendships forged during the training. On the other hand, the 45-year old Teodoro said they learned a lot from the courses offered through the help of San Miguel.
Geraldine Cunanan said she learned the rudiments of dressmaking, from the choice of fabrics, measurements, up the actual sewing of garments, which she will apply when she goes into the business.
Twenty-one year old cookery student Mark Ivan Pilapil said he has gained enough culinary knowledge to open his own eatery, hopefully to be situated near the airport construction site. Eduardo Panganiban also appreciated the welding lessons and hopes to get employed at the airport site.
The TESDA courses include the heavy equipment/hydraulic excavator course, shielded metal arc welding, electrical installation and maintenance, dressmaking, and cookery.
The pilot batch will undergo up to 20 days of training in their chosen courses and three days of entrepreneurship training. Those who will opt for self-employment and set up their own business will be given toolkits like welding machines, sewing machines, and other equipment.
The toolkits to be given are a good starter component in setting up their respective enterprises and put into practice their hard-earned skills, Ferrer explained.
Once they complete the training programs, students will undergo the TESDA skills assessment test before National Certificates or NCII are awarded. Graduates of heavy equipment/hydraulic excavator course, electrical installation and maintenance, and shielded metal arc welding courses will be referred to SMC Aerocity, SMC’s company under SMC Infrastructure that handles the airport development.
Ang thanked TESDA again for helping SMC in equipping the Bulacan residents with additional and new skills that will come in handy for those who want to work for the conglomerate, or establish businesses that will cater not only to the airport but also to their respective communities as well.
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