TESDA, DSWD AND HOLCIM: PARTNERING FOR NOBLE INITIATIVE
To unify and fortify efforts in providing skills training programs, the Technical Education and Development Authority (TESDA XI), Department of Social and Welfare Development (DSWD), and Holcim Philippines Inc. will collaborate to implement a new initiative.
The partnership of the two government agencies and Holcim, dubbed as a “noble initiative”, aimed to deliver skills training in Heavy Equipment Operation (Forklift Operation) NC II, Plumbing NC II, Shielded Metal Arc Welding NC II, Masonry NC II, and Tile Setting NC II to the residents of Barangays Panacan, Ilang, Tibungco, Mahayag and Bunawan.
The skills trainings will start second quarter of the year with 25 participants per qualification.
The program is intended to train and to provide national certificates to the participants, equipping them to be ready in opportunities for sustainable livelihood and employment. Furthermore, it is also to support private and government sectors who are in need of industrial and construction skilled workers”, which, in a bigger picture, helps to mobilize President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s Build, Build, Build program, especially in Davao City, the Presidential City, which is now a haven for constructions and other national projects.
Holcim Philippines will fund the competency assessment and licensing fees, snacks and meals of the participants as well as the training materials incurred in the program.
DSWD is assigned on the recruitment for the participants mostly beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4P’s). For those participants with guaranteed employment, DSWD will further cover the fees in the processing of the necessary documents for employment such as NBI clearance, medical, etc, under its Employment Assistance Fund (EAF).
TESDA, on its part, will conduct the training to provide the “necessary knowledge and skills, positive attitude and work values in accordance with international standards”.