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LOAKAN- Baguio City Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong paid a visit to Regional Director Dante J. Navarro of the Cordillera office of the Technical Education Services and Development Agency (TESDA-CAR) today to check the status of regional office during the general community quarantine (GCQ) period and to discuss the massive employment that will require TESDA graduates soon.
He urged Navarro to tell all the students to register to the Baguio in my Pocket for faster contact tracing.
“All the students going in your school should register to the Baguio in my Pocket. Dati po we used the Stay Safe pero nag shi-shift na po kami ngayon sa Baguio in my Pocket”, he said.
“This is a complete solution, you can transact with the government, nandiyan lahat ng government ano, pwede rin business assessment, dito ka na rin magbabayad, tapos 911 and e-wallet. Eventually ang gagawin namin magiging cashless transactions na ang Baguio City”, he added.
Both heads agreed to install a quick response (QR) code for TESDA-CAR and Baguio as part of the additional GCQ restrictions in Baguio City.
Mayor Magalong also mentioned the Smart City Command Center that is used by the city government to improve services in Baguio. He said that this is equipped with CCTVs to gather and analyze data.
He informed Navarro that the 2nd Intermodal Transport Terminal that covers 5 hectares will be opened soon in Baguio with a multi-level parking and will be using e-buses in and outside Baguio.
“Malaki ang employment requirement natin for skilled workers once we are back for the New Normal, we are putting up the 2nd Intermodal Transport Terminal next to the PITX in Parañaque”, he said.
Mayor Magalong also enumerated the upcoming projects next year that will require massive employment especially for construction labor such as the 3 billion worth Shoring system, the 390 million worth ongoing mute convergence center and 100 million worth rehabilitation for the Athletic bowl.
“Malaki ang requirement namin sa workforce kaya Kailangan ngayon ng skills set ng TESDA graduates,” he said.
He also mentioned the existing Smart City Command Center will be integrated in the Smart Mobility System which has a larger scope and will use 30-meter LED wall.
“So may ipapatayo tayo doon na isa we will require maraming employment. We are going to modernize yung aming market that is 6 billion project which will be undertaken next year,” he said.
Mayor Magalong also expressed his interest on the contact tracing program of TESDA and requested Navarro to deploy TESDA contact tracers soon for their on-the-job-training.
“Gusto ko yung contact tracing training nio kasi mas deep. Kaya iyon ang kailangan namin, may mga projects kaming malalaki, these are all strategic projects so we need labor,” he added.
TESDA will coordinate with city’s Public Employment Service Office regarding the pooling of manpower of TESDA graduates.By Stephanie Nicole M. Peligman