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TESDA IX trains 22 marine diesel mechanics

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A total of 22 out-of-school youth and company workers completed the in-plant training on marine diesel mechanic (MDM) at the MegaFishing Corporation (MFC) in Talisayan, Zamboanga City from July 2 to August 17, 2012. 

This training is designed to achieve the twin goals of creating new employment opportunities and addressing the lack of workers to operate, maintain and repair the marine diesel engines of the company’s marine vessels.  In the memorandum of agreement signed by Dr. Lorenzo G. Macapili, OIC-Regional Director of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Regional Office 9, and Mr. Michael Kelly Tiu Lim, Vice President and General Manager of MFC, on July 2, 2012, TESDA-9 was tasked to provide the trainer, training hand-outs, and the competency assessment.  On the other hand, the MFC provided the supplies and materials, training venue, and meals and snacks of participants.

The 300-hour training on MDM focused on the following competencies: performing mensuration and calculation; using and applying lubricant/coolant; performing shop maintenance, performing diesel engine tune-up; servicing starting system; servicing cooling system; servicing lubricating system;  and perform diesel engine overhauling. Mr. Geronimo Bandico, the trainer in automotive service technician at the TESDA-9 Regional Training Center, reported that all the trainees passed the competency assessment and would be given certificates of competencies aside from the training certificates.

Mr. Lim said that this training is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility as it seeks to provide long term benefits to its beneficiaries such as providing work opportunities to the youths living in barangays near the plant. He said that the company planned for projects that have to do with educating the youth.  He also expressed his gratitude to TESDA-9 and the DOLE 9 for this partnership.  Mrs. Virginia Bonbon, DOLE-9 Assistant Regional Director, commended this training as this directly addressed the skills mismatch issue.

This training is TESDA’s proactive way of supporting the Voluntary Code of Good Practice on Decent Work in the Fishing and Canning Industries in Zamboanga Peninsula drafted by the members of the canning industry and other stakeholders led by the DOLE-9 in March 2011.  The code encourages each company to formulate an HRD plan that builds and enhances the capabilities of the fishing and canning workers especially those initiatives and interventions related to labor productivity and employability. The code also stresses collaboration with government agencies in the implementation of training programs to improve the capability of the workforce. 

By jowee/TESDA9




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