Six out of seven language training centers operating in the city have no license from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and have only been issued temporary Mayor’s permits by the City government.
In a report presented to the City Council on Monday, Councilor Victor Oliveros sought an inquiry on the activities of these training centers, noting their promotional materials make them appear like they were functioning more as job-recruitment agencies instead of training centers.
Councilor Oliveros sought the approval of an ordinance that will specifically regulate language training centers to ensure they are operating with proper licenses from TESDA and compliant to other requirements set by existing laws.
“Napag-alaman natin na merong paglihis doon sa kanilang tinuturo. Dapat ay patungkol lamang sa pag aaral ng lengwahe. Iba ang kanilang pagpapahayag sa kanilang operations base sa makikita natin sa internet at leaflets kasi ang nakalagay ay kung magkano ang kikitain mo sa South Korea o kung kelan ka aalis papuntang South Korea. Hindi nilalagay doon kung ano ang matututunan mo sa training center,” said Oliveros.
He said these learning centers appeared as recruitment agencies, the way they communicated with their prospective clients, which Oliveros said is a violation to existing laws.
“Tila nalihis nga. Imbes na pag-aaral ay parang placement o recruitment agency na sila. Ito ay malinaw na paglabag sa mga umiiral na batas,” he added.
Oliveros further said that aside from the proposed ordinance, he sponsored a resolution for the Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) to conduct an inspection and install a signage that the center is a learning and training center and not a recruitment agency.
He said that the three-months period for compliance given to these training centers as a condition for the issuance of the temporary permit was abused.
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