KAPANGAN, Benguet – TESDA Secretary Isidro S. Lapeña and Cong. Eric Go Yap spearheaded the groundbreaking of the soon to rise 10 million worth Provincial Training Center (PTC)-Benguet and the Launching of the “TVET on wheels” held at the Municipal covered court of Kapangan Benguet on February 11, 2021.
Together with TESDA-CAR Regional Director Dante J. Navarro, TESDA Baguio-Benguet Provincial Director Vilma C. Cabrera, PTC-Benguet Administrator Ferdinand Montañez, Gov. Melchor Diclas, Vice Gov. Johnny Waguis with the officials of Kapangan led by Mayor Manny Fermin and Vice Mayor Mayo Eslay.
The 10 million worth Benguet PTC building is through the initiative of Cong. Yap while the 350 sq.m lot is shared by the LGU of Kapangan. The manpower for the construction of the PTC-Benguet will be the trainees of Carpentry, Electrical Installation and Maintenance, Masonry, and Plumbing.
With Kapangan accessible to areas not serviced by other technical vocational schools, the center’s service area will include underlying municipalities such as Kibungan, Buguias, Tublay, Atok, and Bakun.
The Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) on Wheels or the Mobile Training Lab is also the government’s response to the inadequate access of beneficiaries, thus bringing skills training programs to far-flung areas that would increase their opportunities for livelihood and employment. The Mobile Training Lab are training facilities that can be easily transported from community to community within the province.
The concept is a mobile training utilizing a bus in areas where there are requests across municipalities and barangays accessible to the vehicle. With a trainer on board, the bus will be equipped with equipment and facilities for hands-on training.
Secretary Lapeña said that this is part of the agency’s guiding principle “TESDA Abot Lahat”. Lapeña is aiming to provide every province in the country with a TESDA Provincial Training Center to give every Filipino, especially the ones who are in far-flung areas, easier access to the government’s free skills training and other livelihoods.