TESDA-RTC unveils center for excellence on modern manufacturing technology
by Lito Dar
Baguio City (31 October) -- After a month of delay due to the recent typhoons that hit the country, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Regional Training Center (TESDA-RTC) finally unveiled its Center for Excellence in Modern Manufacturing Technology or CEMMT, Wednesday.
The TESDA-RTC located at Loakan Road is equipped with high-end Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machines, acquired by the government through a soft loan from the Government of Austria. It is now not only capable of producing high-skilled and internationally competitive workers/trainees but could also manufacture high-end machine manufactured spare parts.
Pastor Guiao, TESDA Deputy Director-General for Community and Local Government Affairs and oversight DDG for TESDA Technology Institutes, led the ceremonial unveiling of marker and ribbon cutting of the CEMMT.
In his keynote address, Guiao stressed that with the success of the CEMMT project, it is now high time to look at the content, relevance and sustainability of the program. He encouraged all the stakeholders to double their effort and maximize the investment they can made for the said program, not only to support the machining manufacturing industry but also to provide employment that could help the government and the local communities.
Relative to this, TESDA-CAR has entered into an agreement with Moog Controls Inc., a multi-national company in EPZA-Baguio City, for the TESDA-RTC to become a supply chain of servo-mechanic control spare parts the company needed.
In a statement, Engr Frenzel Yapyapan stressed the company's gratitude for the opportunity in partnering with TESDA. According to Yapyapan, this will result to more than a Return Of Investment (ROI) for TESDA, as being a supply chain of their company business is already involved.
Yapyapan confirmed that the TESDA RTC has the facility, equipment and technology to be their supply chain and with the expertise of Moog in Modern Machine Manufacturing, TESDA is also set to create highly skilled and globally competitive workers.
In the same program, TESDA - RTC OIC Engr Hector Laguardia stressed that the Cordillera is lucky to be one of the seven beneficiaries of the CEMMT program in the entire country. Thus he expressed his gratitude, in behalf of the RTC, to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, TESDA Director General Buboy Syjuco and to all other who have worked for the program.
Laguardia also ensured the best usage of their CEMMT equipments and the sustainability of the said program, in producing highly-skilled and competitive workforce, in partnership with Moog controls, who is very supportive of the program.
TESDA-RTC is already on its third batch of CEMMT trainees. There are 25 trainees per batch with 22 hrs of training on CNC programming and another 22 hrs for matching.
Other officials who graced the event were TESDA Regional Director Cenon Querubin, TESDA CEMMT consultant Antonio Del Rosario, Project Coordinator and Manager Magdalena Butad and TESDA-TTCTCE OIC Julford Abosolo. (PIA) [top]