The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) MIMAROPA has announced plans to utilize its training centers in the fabrication of farm tools to support farm mechanization in the region, including the province of Palawan.
Carlos Flores, regional director of TESDA MIMAROPA, said Monday that his office intends to support the agriculture sector by providing farm equipment to farmers such as plows and harrow, tractors, threshers, dryers, and millers.
“Gagawin ko ito sa MIMAROPA. Sa halip na mag-welding ng grills ay mag-welding tayo ng makina,” he said.
Flores disclosed that this will be institutionalized in all 12 TESDA MIMAROPA training centers.
“We will institutionalize this in all the 12 training centers that will be established all over MIMAROPA,” he explained.
He said they will put up seven training centers in Palawan, two in Romblon, one in Occidental Mindoro, one in Oriental Mindoro, and one in Marinduque.
Flores further explained that the fabrication project will be implemented through the Training-Cum-Steel Fabrication of Farm Implements under the Agri-Fishery Program of TESDA MIMAROPA.
TESDA trainees, he added, shall fabricate the farm tools under the supervision of their welder-trainer. The trainees will be taught on basic skills on welding, important tips on fabrication, and others.
The program implementation is targeted next year.
He explained that Palawan and other provinces in the region are predominantly agricultural localities, and farm mechanization will help the farmers and the agricultural production in general.
“Ito ay mas mapapakinabangan kasi ibibigay natin ito sa mga magsasaka na magagamit sa kanilang mga palayan,” he said.