By Dhel Nazario
The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority – National Capital Region (TESDA-NCR) started operations of its Regional Training Center (RTC) after the Norwegian Maritime Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. (NMFPI) formally turned over the Norwegian Training Center (NTC).
This was done during the flag-raising ceremony at the TESDA Central Office and was marked by the turnover of the symbolic key of NTC Corporate Secretary, lawyer Charles Dela Cruz to TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña.
It is a long-standing directive of the TESDA chief to strengthen the TESDA Technology Institutions (TTIs) to become more competitive and emerge as the forefront in providing the best quality technical vocational education and training (TVET).
When the NTC’s contract of lease expired April this year, Lapeña ordered the conversion of its structure into TESDA-NCR RTC.
In his speech, the TESDA chief explained how he came up with the decision to transform the NTC into TESDA-NCR RTC.
“I was compelled by the fact that TESDA-NCR has to have a regional training center. Considering the number of individuals who need training assistance here in Metro Manila, we need to have our own regional training center here in NCR. Thank you very much Norwegian Training Center for the services and assistance that you have been giving the Filipino people,” Lapeña said.
TESDA-NCR Regional Director Florencio F. Sunico, Jr. expressed his satisfaction over the establishment of the RTC in the region for the first time.
“I am very thankful for the opportunity and trust given by the Secretary. NCR, finally having its own Regional Training Center, would cater to state-of-the-art skills training which is necessary to achieve the vision of the region in becoming the showcase and model of TVET”, he said.
The TESDA-NCR RTC is expected to jump start its operations right away and has lined up training programs this year which includes: Solar Street Light, Shielded Metal Arc Welding NC III, Mechatronics NC III, and Commercial Cooking NC III.
Among the highlights of the turnover ceremony was the introduction of TESDA-NCR RTC through a video presentation.
Meanwhile, during his appreciation message, Dela Cruz also expressed his gratitude to TESDA for being its partner in continuously improving the skills of Filipino Seamen through training.
The NMFPI, in its desire to invest in the training and development of Filipino seafarers, began leasing the TESDA property in 1995.