TESDA to Launch Vehicle Training Center in Subic

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has partnered with a Subic-based company engaged in motor vehicle trading to train workers for the booming local automotive industry.

SubicTrak International Inc., has signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with the government-funded skills development agency to establish an in-plant dual training system to help improve the country's standards in truck rebuilding. The MoA was signed by SubicTrak Chief Executive Ferdinand Tangan and TESDA Provincial Training Center Administrator Eugene Peñaranda.

Under the MoA, both parties will design a training program that complies with the Dual Training System Act of 1994. TESDA will be in charge of running the program while SubicTrak will provide the facility for the in-plant shielded metal arc welding NC2 class and automotive servicing NC2 class.

TESDA-Zambales Provincial Director Benhur Baniqued applauded the MoA, saying it will be crucial to addressing the "so-called job mismatch, if not eliminate it," he said during the signing.

Meanhile, SubicTrak's Tangan expressed his support for the government's efforts in the development of technical skills and proper work values of the Filipino workforce, adding that the SubicTrak-TESDA partnership will produce the well-trained and well-motivated employees that many companies like SubicTrak are looking for.

"We expect that with this partnership we will improve a lot in the company, as we expect TESDA to teach us well. And we will gladly accept the trainees you will bring to us," Tangan said.