TESDA to build provincial training centers

TESDA plans to establish seven training centers in Palawan. (Photo credit: PH Juander)

Seven provincial training centers in Palawan are set to be established by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Palawan for its Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) program.

TESDA Regional Director Carlos C. Flores said these training centers will rise in the city, Aborlan, San Vicente, Brooke’s Point, Coron, Culion, and another municipality they have yet to identify.

“Medyo gaganda at tataas pa ang antas ng MIMAROPA,” he said, adding that the “game-changing” development will elevate the status of not only the province but the whole MIMAROPA region.

Each training center will be manned by eight to 10 TESDA personnel and will offer courses on agri-fishery or agri-entrepreneurship, construction, electronics, and tourism.

Flores said the region has very limited infra or training delivery network in connection with TVET. Only 102 schools are offering TVET programs in MIMAROPA, while in the small province of Quezon, which is part of the Calabarzon, there are more than 100 TVET schools.

“Kokonti lang ang nag-invest na magtayo ng schools,” he said, hoping that centers will provide opportunities to a substantial number of Palaweños, particularly the youth.

“Ang training centers ay distributed sa ibang mga lugar, para ito ay mas mapabilis at hindi lang naka-sentro dito sa bayan,” he added.

The centers will be advantageous to Palawan’s proposal to divide into three provinces because each would already have training centers.

“Kapag nahati na ang Palawan, ay handa na ang mga probinsyang yun at meron nang mga provincial training centers,” said Flores.

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