By Yas Ocampo
DAVAO CITY – The Technical Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is aiming to train thousands of skilled workers in Banaybanay, Davao Oriental for possible employment in a multi-billion peso industrial park project there.
TESDA Director General s Mamondiong, in an interview Saturday at the Lupon School of Fisheries, said the agency will be training the workers in various skill, like welding, masonry, pipefitting and other National Certification II (NCII) courses.
Mamondiong said TESDA will also build technical skills courts or halls where the NCII students will be able practice what they learn during the training.
TSDA Provincial Director Leah Braga said local government units (LGUs) were already identifying the needs of each area.
In Banaybanay alone, there was a training capacity for at least 5,000 skilled workers.
Among the proposed projects at the industrial park are for a coal-fired power plant and a cement factory.
“The investors are looking forward to having skilled workers in the industrial park,” Braga said.
According to the official, there was a demand of around 25,000 skilled workers to work for the project alone.