TESDA: A Choice Not a Last Option

TESDA: A Choice Not a Last Option

November 8, 2014

Manufacturing as we go to industrialization greatly helps the economy of the country said TESDA- Baguio Vocational School Administrator Engr. David Bungallon.

The requiring of skilled workers is what does TESDA is catering to.  TESDA is a technology inclined institution. Its engineering related technology program includes machining, national certified programs, and CNC programs.
“TESDA-Baguio is very satisfactory. It is able to meet enrolment targets. Its absorptive capacity has more than enrollees than the schedule,” said Engr. Bungallon. Graduates’ certification is 90-92%. It has 65% employability rate both nationally and internationally, he added.

The EEI course of TESDA-Baguio and its trainees are trained and are sent abroad after fulfillment of requirements. During the start of the training, trainees are handed of a contract and stipends are given. “This year, there are two batches will be continued until the year 2015,” said. Engr. Bungallon.

This is the strength of the EEI course of TESDA. It has partnered with industries’ such as MOOG who controls CNC courses and machining program; EEI with the Engineering Equipment Corporate from training to employment; and construction programs with the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers.

“Cordilleran graduates are industrious. They have with them work values and attitudes needed for the work they are in. Most of our graduates are based in the Middle East,” said Engr. Bungallon. We are more on referrals. We refer our graduate trainees to PESO for employers and jobs after them passing the national assessment training. Thus, we like to strengthen this partnership, he added.

TESDA’s trainers are competent having passed all TESDA requirements that include the TVET training certification. They also possess technical national certificate level that is mostly in their second and fourth years of experience.  TESDA’s excellence is proven by it having accredited by APAC in the Bronze level in January 2011; an accredited and certified training center in Industrial Automation and Mechatronics by FESTO Didactic Philippines in 2005; and an accredited Assessment Centers to various qualifications in 2010. “For now, we are looking forward to ISO’s accreditation of our training programs,” said Engr. Bungallon. TESDA’s industry simulated training equipment and workshops are recipients of two funded projects with foreign countries such as Germany and donations from MOOG, an American controlled aerospace manufacturing company.

The benchmark of TESDA-Baguio is its technical vocational and TVET training programs as the region’s training center.  At present, TESDA-Baguio is developing its technician diploma program a more creative, more innovative, and more competent in the field of blue collar work force through “trust direction”.

“We are looking forward to developing and delivering higher technical skills development programs that are responsive to global market and via the ASEAN integration,” said Engr. Bungallon.

TESDA’s mini-machining factory has a mini-production area that produces machine parts that are locally ordered by machining stores. “They order parts and we produced them for them at minimal costs,” said Engr. Bungallon.

Promoting TESDA is definitely not a TVET and as a last option but as a choice. About one third of TESDA’s trainees are college graduates. Why? It is primarily for employment to other countries as industrialization is what countries are gearing up to where technical-vocational jobs are available.

TESDA-CAR is at par excellent with other training centers nationwide. Annually, TESDA-CAR produces 1,400 graduates.  In Baguio, the regional training center has produced 71 graduates in 1998; 155 graduates in 1999; 366 graduates in 2000; 333 graduates in 2001; 281 graduates in 2002; 252 graduates in 2003; 233 graduates in 2004; 515 graduates in 2005; 708 graduates in 2006; 421 graduates in 2007; 1127 graduates in 2010; 1302 graduates in 2011; 1380 graduates in 2012; 1570 graduates in 2013; and as of October 2014, there are 1114 trainees. The Baguio Regional Training Center and MOOG partnership has produced on machining NC11 18 graduates in 1998; 32 graduates in 1999; 14 graduates in 2000; 21 graduates in 2001; 25 graduates in2002; 15 graduates in 2003; 21 graduates in 2005; 49 graduates in 2007; 71 graduates in 2008; 17 graduates in 2011; 43 graduates in 2013; and as of 2014 there were 12 graduates totaling to 356. On CMCDC, they have produced 28 graduates in 2001; 21 graduates in 2002; 21 graduates’ in 2004; 40 graduates in 2005; 20 graduates in 2006; 46 graduates in 2007; 50 graduates in 2010; 19 graduates in 2011; 80 graduates in 2012; 93 graduates in 203; and as of 2014 are were 18 graduates totaling to 436. On its EEI course, there were 292 graduates in 2007; 29 graduates in 2012; 23 graduates in 2013; and 24 graduates in 2014.

“This statistics prove that the level of appreciation regarding technical vocational courses has improved,” said Engr. Bungallon. In other countries, technical vocational courses come first before higher education so that students tend to just stick to technical vocational courses and then work after that but here in the Philippines it’s the other way around. We go for higher education first as this is a culture of prestige and then enroll to technical vocational if we do not have work. But still this is a choice not a last resort. This is so because we go for employability, he added.

Files of TESDA-Baguio’s milestone over the years, was able to expand and upgrade its training programs from NCI to NCII and working towards to having its programs upgraded to NCIII and NCIV by the end of CY 2015.Their registered NCII programs include: Automotive Servicing NCII; Carpentry NCII; CNC Lather Machine NCII; CNC Milling Machine NCII; Construction Painting NCII;

Electrical Installation and Maintenance NCII; FCAW NCII;
GMAW NCII; Machining NCII; Masonry NCII; Mechatronics NCII; Plumbing NCII; SMAW NCII; and Tile Setting NCII. Their registered NCII programs include: Automotive NCII; CNC Lathe Machine NCIII; CNC Milling machine NCIII; and Machining NCII. Their registered NTR program is English Language Proficiency and their trainers’ development program is Trainers Methodology I.

Scholarships for these courses are the training for work scholarship program by TESDA national level and the OWWA scholarship. Requirement for attending TESDA is between 18 and 55 years old who are physically fit for training and at least highs school graduate.

The management and operation of the Regional Training Center Baguio is consists of the following personnel: 9 permanent employees; 11 job orders/trainers; 2 machine operators for the income generating project; 3 administrative assistants; and 1 utility worker.

TESDA’s vision is to be the benchmark in the Provision of Highly Skilled and Globally Competitive Workforce. Its mission is through the provision of the state of the art technology and technical capacity, we are a leading partner in the promotion, development and implementation of technology-based education and training that will lead to enhanced employability and productivity.

History of the Regional Training Center-Baguio

The enactment of EO No. 220 on July 1987 has created Cordillera Administrative Region comprising the provinces of Apayao, Abra, Benguet, kalinga, Ifugao, and Mountain Province apart from Regions I and II.

Following this turn of event in history was the establishment of government offices in the region, including the National manpower and Youth Council (NMYC), which was eventually as Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in 1994b by virtue of Republic 7796.

The NMYC-CAR was then established at the Baguio City Export Processing Zone (BCEPZ) by virtue of a Deed of Usufruct issued by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) in 1989, to support the plan of putting up an regional training center (RTC) that will supply the manpower requirements of the various industries not only in the City of Baguio but in the nearby provinces.

The Regional Training Center (RTC) became operational in March 1998 offering three training programs namely: automotive, building wiring installation, and general machine shop. It was manned by six regular staff; four trainers; and an administrator; and a registrar.

The benefit that graduates have gained from the manpower requirement of the RTC was recognized by the various sectors. The recognition generated support both from the Local Government Unit (LGU); TESDA Central Office; and Foreign Funding Organizations, as follows: additional plantilla positions that increased the manpower requirement of the RTC from six to eight staff in August 1999; and became a recipient to two foreign funded projects in 2002 namely: the Expanded Dual Education and Training Project (EDETP) on infrastructure for the expansion of the RTC which was completed in 2004 and the Center of Excellence in Modern Manufacturing Technology (CEMMT) project for the provision of the necessary equipment on Machining that were both inaugurated in 2005.

In the same year , the RTC   had engaged in co-management arrangement with the following organizations in the conduct of various training programs, namely: Society of Automotive Technicians and Engineers of the Philippines for Automotive Trades; Metal Working Industry Association of the Philippines for General Machine Shop for General Machine shop; Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers for the Electrical Trades; and Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers for Welding Trade; partnered with Engineering Equipment Inc. (EEI) for the training programs in Electrical Installation and Maintenance, Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), GMAW, Flax Cord Welding and Pipe Welding in 2006; and established income generating project in December 2013 /RTC-Baguio Files/. By: Ezequiel D. Banas-e