Trainer shortage shuts down many vocational schools in Davao

Nov. 07, 2017

TESDA 11 director Gaspar S. Gayon (Robby Joy D. Salveron / davaotoday.com)

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) 11 expressed concern over the shortage of technical and vocational skills trainers in the region.

Because of the shortage of trainers, TESDA 11 director Gaspar S. Gayon said many of the government-accredited institutions have voluntarily closed, or were “processed for closure.”

This also results to the lack of skilled construction workers and heavy equipment operators in the region, he said.

Currently, Gayon stressed that contactors and construction companies in Davao region import heavy equipment operators from Cebu and Manila because the lack of skilled operators.

“One of the very reason is the trainers are being pirated by DepEd (Department of Education) or they are pirated away to work abroad,” Gayon said.

If the shortage of trainers will not be addressed immediately, it might become a big problem in the region especially with the ‘Build Build Build’ program of the Duterte administration.

“Heavy equipment operators will be really needed soon, not only carpenters and mason,” Gayon said.

As this develop, TESDA 11 has offered to assist construction companies in developing curriculum for training manpower in the region.

“We can import trainers if the private sector would signify their intent to become a training center,” Gayon said.

“We will even support their trainers in scholarship to have a national certificate and even the trainers’ methodology so that we will have enough trainers,” he added. (davaotoday.com)

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