The Regional Training Center in Region VII was established in September 17, 1977 as the National Manpower and Youth Council (NMYC) Training Center in Cebu. It is situated in a 1.9-hectare lot donated by the Cebu Provincial Government. During that time, the NMYC Training Center’s mission was to provide direct skills training and livelihood programs to poor but deserving Out-of-School Youth (OSY) from the four provinces in Region VII. Center-based training in seven generic trade areas produced an average of 500 graduates per year. During that time, the Training Center was steered by eight (8) technical staff who served as trainers, and five (5) non-technical staff to handle enrollment, medical, guidance and placement services.
In August 24, 1994, R.A 7796, known as the TESDA Act of 1994, was enacted into law. It absorbs the function of the NMYC, the Bureau of Technical Vocational Education (BTVE) of the Department of Education and, the apprenticeship program of the Bureau of Local Employment of the Department of Labor and Employment.
This merger expanded the Regional Training Center’s functions, to align itself with the new corporate Vision and Mission of TESDA.
TESDA’s vision as “the leading partner in the development of Filipino workforce with world class competence and positive work values” provided the impetus to the current governance scheme adopted by the RTC. The Training Centre had morphed into a frontline TESDA Institution mandated to implement TESDA’s mission of “providing directions, policies, programs and standards towards quality technical education and skills development”.
The new corporate image embedded into the RTC, calls for contemporary and innovative approach to Training Center Management. Prior to 2002, TESDA had no institutional definition of Governance, thus whatever working definition that had been in placed, provides the necessary tool for the Institution to move forward with its mission.
Collaboration between the RTC and Industry Associations begun in 1989 with the creation of the Sectoral Training Advisory Committee with representations from the sectors in Automotive, Metalworking, Refrigeration and Airconditioning, Welding, Garments and Utilities.
Since then, new sectoral Associations were formed and established themselves as partners of the RTC in Research and Curriculum Development.
The Automotive Service Association, Inc. (ASAI) organized the automotive industry sector, Metalworking Industry Association of the Philippines (MIAP) for Metalworking sector, the Institute of Electronics and Communications Engineers (IECEP) for the Electronics & ICT sector, the Metaphil-TESDA Institute for Technical Training for Welding. Later, they evolved as co-management partners in the implementation and management of TVET Programs in RTC VII.
RTC VII STAFF
With the Co-management Scheme in place, the Regional Training Centre was able to implement its mandate, with its lean structure of four (4) Technical Staff and four (4) others including the Center Administrator, to handle Registrar and Administrative functions.
RTC VII ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE
Programs and Services
There are three major programs currently implemented in RTC VII; Competency-based Skills training, Skills Assessment and Job Placement. Technical Assistance to Local Government Units (LGUs), Public and Private TVIs, assistance to program registrations, are among the services which the RTC VII are engaged when needed.
- A. Competency-based Training Program
The RTC VII, in collaboration with its Industry Association partners, offers a total of Twenty Two (22) Competency-based Training Programs which cuts across eight (8) Industry Sectors sectors: in Construction, ICT & Electronics, Metals and Engineering, Automotive/ Land Transport , HVAC-R, Garments & Health, Social and other Community Development Sector. On top of these programs, the RTC VII also offers seven (7) Language Programs for those Job-ready individuals intending to work abroad. These programs produced a combined average output of 1,500 graduates per year.
In 2009, the RTC VII implemented the Pangulong Gloria Scholarship (PGS) program. It aims to alleviate the economic hardships of the Filipino people, brought about by the Global Financial Crisis. RTC VII and its Industry Partners are actively engaged in the implementation of this program and served over a thousand beneficiaries.
All programs of the RTC VII complied with TESDA’s requirement for UTPRAS registration. This ensures that all programs offered by the RTC VII meets all standards of Quality prescribed by TESDA.
With active industry sector involvement in planning, delivery and management of TVET programs at the RTC VII, the Center had effectively filled the gap of the “mismatch” between training and actual industry demand.
The Co-management concept also puts the RTC VII in the limelight of major financing institutions that supports development of TVET Institutions in the Philippines. The RTC VII has been a recipient of three major foreign funded projects; the ADB-TESDP, the EDET Project– sponsored by the Government of Germany and, CEMMT – sponsored by the Government of Austria.
The resources put up by these projects, supplemented with expertise by Industry Partners, puts the RTC VII within reach of attaining its vision of becoming “the leading institution in the development of globally competitive manpower with desirable work values and attitude”.
RTC VIIs facilities includes: the Plumbing Workshop, Building Wiring, Mechatronics Laboratory, e-TESDA Portal Facilty, Electronics and ICT workshops, Machining Workshop, CNC Laboratories, CAD Laboratory, Refrigeration and Airconditioning, Automotive Workshop, Welding Workshop, Dressmaking, Household Service Workers Center, Dormitory, Registrar and Assessment Offices, Administration Office, Basketball Court and Canteen.
- B. Assessment
As an accredited TESDA Assessment Center (TAC), the RTC VII has the prime responsibility of implementing TESDA’s Assessment and Certification Program. Free Assessment Service of TESDA (FAST) are regularly conducted during weekends by TESDA assessors, on top of the regular assessment conducted on weekdays.
The RTC VII is also tasked to conduct or facilitate assessment requested by public and private Technical Vocational Institutions (TVIs) in Region VII, under the Expanded FAST (EFAST) program. On the average, the RTC was able to conduct assessment to 500 applicants every month, coming from public and private TVIs, as well as from walk-in applicants.
- C. Job Placement
Job Placement service aims to provide assistance to graduates of various training programs of the RTC VII. The Blue Desk Program established rescently at the RTC 7 serves as a bridge between the graduates of the RTC 7 and their prospective employers. The co-management scheme forms an integral part of the job placement service of the RTC 7. Industries in co-management with the RTC can easily fill up their manpower requirement as they themselves are part in skills development program for their respective manpower requirements.
Since it became a pioneer and model TESDA Institution in the institutionalization of Co-Management Scheme, and a benchmark for other TESDA Technology Institutions, the RTC VII continues to innovate ways to serve the community through development of competent workforce with desirable work values to meet the fast changing demands in local and international labor markets.
RTC VII will continue to maintain its values of performing its job with utmost integrity, transparency, efficiency and high degree of professionalism and nationalism.