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PIA Press Release
2008/07/23

Magsaysay Maritime Corporation in need of 3000 seafarers

by Prix D Banzon

Davao City (23 July) -- Magsaysay Maritime Corporation is looking for 3000 seafarers and allied workers who will be deployed in international cruise ships through a job's fair next month which will be held in Davao City.

Joji Ilagan-Bian, chairperson of the Mindanao Technical Vocational Education and Training Association (MinTVET) during the Davao Business Forum held at the MediSpa of SM City Davao said the fair is among the highlight on August 6 to 8 of the 3rd Mindanao Travel & Tour Expo 2008 at SM City Entertainment Area and the 7th Mindanao TVET Human Resource Skills Development (HRSD) Conference at The Royal Mandaya Hotel.

She said they will start first with a small jobs fair but a bigger one will be held in 2009 where they would go big with more players joining.

She said the coming events would be boon to businesses because the inputs of both the Travel and Tour Expo and the HRSD Conference will give the schools and tourism players the kind of skills they are looking for workers in the tourism sector.

Armando Aquino, provincial director of the Technical Education and Schools Development Administration (TESDA XI) for Davao City and Davao del Sur said that the jobs produce cannot supply the demand of the tourism industry both in the local and international market.

Citing the figure of the 2005 Impact Evaluation Study of TVET Programs, the center-based delivery mode had an employment rate of 48.75 percent, the absorption rate at 37.7 percent and skills utilization, 74.15 percent; school based had 46.25 percent for employment, the absorption rate at 46 percent and skills utilization, 65.11 percent.

The community based had an employment rate of 49.69 percent, absorption rate at 23.6 percent and skills utilization, 67.1 percent.

Aquino meanwhile said that students in technical and vocational schools have to undergo particular competencies and the schools subjected to compliance audit.

He clarified that schools which do not meet certain requirements will not be subjected to closure but only the course.

There are over 100 tech voc schools in Davao City and 20 in Davao del Sur even as Aquino said that the city of Davao produces 60 percent of the graduates and much higher compared to other cities in Mindanao. 70 percent of these schools have hotel and restaurant management in their curriculum.

He said that graduates in tech voc schools continue to increase saying that in 2007 there were about 98,000 graduates in Davao City and Davao del Sur, 76,000 in 2006 and 74,000 in 2005.

Bian on the other hand said that with both the MTTE and the HRSD the players would be able to get insights that will upgrade further the level of the skills of workers in the tourism sector. Both the Department of Tourism and the MinTVET would be working on standards to make the level of skills at par with the global standards.

"While it is true that some schools are slow to responses it is because of their little exposure in the global arena that is why we provide them access by joining conferences and other events in the hope that their method of teaching would improve," she said.

But she said the local tourism industry should not fear because they will continuously produce for them. (PIA) [top]

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