TESDA-12 pushes for construction of training centers

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 September) – The construction of four provincial training centers in Region 12 might start this year, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) said.

Rafael Abrogar II, TESDA-12 director, said Monday they are currently coordinating with concerned local government units (LGUs) in the region for the construction of the modern training facilities.

He said three of the centers will rise in Surallah town, South Cotabato; Amas in Kidapawan City for North Cotabato; and, Malapatan in Sarangani.

The provincial government of Sultan Kudarat has yet to finalize the site of the planned training center, he said.

“We’re working on the implementation of these projects before the end of 2019,” Abrogar said.

The official said the construction of the four centers was approved by their office during its recent 8th national management committee meeting.

The site and the necessary facilities will be donated by the host LGUs, he said.

When completed, Abrogar said the centers will offer four to eight skills training programs, focusing on the needs of local industries and companies, especially those engaged in construction.

He said these include driving, cookery, shielded metal arc welding, automotive repair, electrical installation maintenance, tile setting, carpentry, masonry, and electronic products assembly and servicing.

“These (centers) will address the rising demand for skilled workers in the region,” Abrogar said.

Aside from the training centers, the official said the preparatory works are also set to start for the five-hectare Regional Training Center in Barangay Spring, Alabel town in Sarangani province.

He said the project, which is supported by Senator Emmanuel Pacquiao, will cost a total of P200 million.

The project, which has an initial funding of P45 million, is envisioned to be a “modern and world-class training center” with complete facilities and equipment.

A project briefer said the regional training center was primarily designed to support the continuing expansions in the construction sector in Sarangani and the neighboring areas. (MindaNews)