MAY 9, 2013

NR # 3098

Solon wants livelihood training centers nationwide
A lawmaker stressed that government could bring education to the grassroots level by creating manpower and livelihood training centers in all municipalities nationwide. Rep. Augusto Syjuco (2nd District, Iloilo), author of House Bill 1274, said that productivity growth, which arises through successful technology transfer, requires workers that have a level of training and a mix of skills appropriate for the needs of the industry, agriculture and service sector. “With the creation of these centers, we envision a productive and competitive manpower infrastructure that has a level of training and a mix of skills, which will lead us towards sustainable economic growth and industrialization towards the achievement of development and sustainability,” Syjuco said. “In facing the challenges of this technological era, the quality of a country’s labor force and the size of its technical manpower stock are essential,” Syjuco said. Syjuco said the ricocheting trend in unemployment has long been a trademark of the Philippine economy, “that is why poverty constricts the availability of the most important resource we need to move forward and that is manpower.” The bill requires the creation of Manpower and Livelihood Training Centers in all municipalities throughout the country and shall function under the scope and supervision of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). Under the bill, skills training shall be based on programs prepared by TESDA in coordination with the local development councils. The training centers shall be established in the populated areas of the country for easy access to the public. “High unemployment breeds persistent poverty. It means that potentially productive workers are not being used, preventing the economy from producing as much as it might,” Syjuco said. (30) jc

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