Skills Training-A A +A
At Close Range
Thursday, October 10, 2013
UNDOUBTEDLY, one of the good alternatives to lack of formal academic preparation is skills training.
Ongoing at Marina Arcade building in Dau is the Industrial Sewing Machine Operation or ISMO, in coordination with Luen Thai Philippines with main offices inside the Clark Freeport Zone. Some 30 women trainees from different barangays of Mabalacat City are currently being trained, theoretical and actual, so that they'd become Tesda-accredited sewers. There are several employers inside the Zone which may require sewers, quality controllers and line supervisors.
On October 16, 2013, the Reflexology course will be launched. Some 15 persons with disabilities (PWDs) and even senior citizens will become part of the training batch which will also include job order contract holders laid off by the city government. Now, I hope Jun Magbalot will allow the use as venue for the training, the new Human Resource Development and Training Center at Lot only in Xevera, Tabun. The trainer will be, as in previous trainings, is Joel Fajardo, who is Tesda-accredited.
Speaking of ISMO trainees, they are on Batches 8 and 9 now. The previous batches were, I presume, absorbed already by Luen Thai which requires them to undergo another training, this time specializing on L & T's style.
Previous skills trainings facilitated by Peso Mabalacat were that of slaughtering and welding. Some of the salughtering graduates were already deployed to Canada and there are prospects of other graduates to be sent either to New Zealand or Australia.
For the province of Pampanga, there is the Provincial Manpower Training Center, headed by Francis Maslog, and those aspiring to be electricians, electronics and automotive experts are being trained there.
For next year, Peso Mabalacat has introduced in its budget bigger amounts for skills training, believing that everyone has a chance of improving oneself through trainings and even PWDs have that chance.
Novelty ordinances. In San Juan City, Metro Manila, the city government recently passed a respect-the-pedestrian ordinance which mandates that vehicle drivers respect pedestrians who use the designated pedestrian lanes or ped xings. This is timely and appropriate as we often see reckless drivers who nearly run over hapless pedestrians in their haste to pick up passengers nearby! The city government of Mabalacat should pass the same ordinance (if it has not yet adopted one, that is) to protect pedestrians using their designated lanes in busy streets of the city.
Another sensible ordinance passed by San Juan City is the prohibition of naked people (waist up) walking on streets without purpose or sensible reason. This was anchored on decency and propriety as the act of undressing is one properly done at home or in private places. Wait, I remember reading similar ordinance previously passed in the city of Manila, particularly in Tondo where hard drinkers at corner stores are prevalent.
Senior citizens as officials for a day. Baguio City gave its senior citizens last week the brief chance and feel of being officers in charge of the city hall. It was reportedly part of the activities related to the observance of the Elderly Month in that summer capital.
That act can be replicated or done at Mabalacat City. And why not? Paging Mayor Boking Morales and Councilor Ed Sotto, sirs.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 11, 2013.