TESDA DG Visits Tarlac, Tours IWSP
TARLAC CITY, Tarlac – TESDA Director General Secretary Isidro S. Lapeña with Deputy Director General for Planning ang Linkages Rebecca J. Calzado, Central Office staff, and the full complement of Region III Provincial Directors and Center Administrators visited the TESDA Tarlac Provincial Office and the Provincial Training Center – Tarlac and later toured the International Wiring System Philippines, Inc. on 1 February 2019.
The TESDA DG met with the tech-voc scholars while inspecting the training facilities. During the dialogue, Sec. Lapeña encouraged the trainees to persevere in their chosen qualifications and strive to acquire world-class skills.
The good Secretary also inspected all qualification areas and individually met with the instructors and asked probing questions on how service delivery can be further enhanced.
During the open forum with all TESDA Tarlac personnel, the overriding concern voiced was the lack of manpower complement to maximize service delivery. The DG assured everyone that the 531 unfilled positions will be opened and priority will be given to serving job order personnel and applicants from within the province in the selection process. Additional manpower complement of 1,080 positions are also on request from DBM, according to the DG.
The DG later proceeded to and met with the International Wiring System Philippines, Inc. (IWSP) Management Team headed by President Yamamoto. During the introduction, DG Sid thanked IWSP for being an outstanding Dual Training System (DTS) partner that should be the benchmark for all TESDA wide partnerships.
IWSP presented their company history starting in 1991 as a small sub-unit with less than a hundred employees of a motorcycle plant in Muntinlupa, Metro Manila to its current location inside the Luisita Industrial Park at San Miguel, Tarlac City, Tarlac with more than 5,000 employees.
After the audio-visual presentation, the TESDA Secretary with the entire TESDA Region III group were given the grand tour of the IWSP operation and got to witness the process and interact with the technicians who assemble the wiring harnesses of high-end cars and SUVs.
After the tour, Secretary Lapeña met with the IWSP DTS trainees and congratulated them for having the proper attitude and aptitude to get accepted in a leading industrial manufacturing concern. He was also pleasantly surprised when, during the dialogue with the trainees, he was informed that more than half of the current batch of trainees are in the process of being absorb into the workforce.
After witnessing how a world class manufacturing partner trains its technicians, the entire contingent proceeded to the New Clark Green City at Brgy. Navy, Capas, Tarlac and saw first-hand the extent of the preparation for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. DG Sid later revealed that the site will also be the future venue for the ASEAN World Skills Competition.
The whole convoy then motored to Concepcion Vocation School (CVS) at Brgy. Concepcion, Tarlac to inspect the Organic Agri-Crops Production facilities. The DG appeared impressed with the well-maintained facilities and the dedication to sustainable agriculture and green technology practices.
During the open forum which by now has become the norm wherever the Secretary visits, DG Sid reiterated his concern for the lack of manpower complement and assured those present that he has everyone’s welfare at heart and will never asked anyone to do what he won’t do.
As DG Sid was about to leave, everyone at CVS wished him a happy weekend, but was informed that he is on his way to TESDA Bulacan; public service indeed!