Community Relations (ComRel) Coordinators and Benefactors Visit at Dualtech and Partner Companies
Dualtech Center organized a 2-Day Work-Life-Effectiveness Seminar Workshop for its Community Relations Coordinators from Quezon, Bohol, Cebu, Ilocos Sur, and Leyte and for benefactors who provided scholarship grants and financial assistance to Dualtech Scholars.
Mr. Ariel Crisostomo, Dualtech Consultant, facilitated the seminar-workshop that covered work values applicable to the family, workplace, and community. The participants had the chance to meet their recruits in the boarding houses and in Dualtech. They toured the Dualtech facility.
To orient the coordinators and benefactors about the next phase of the training program, Dualtech brought the participants to four (4) partner companies to meet the trainees, graduates, company representatives, and witnessed for themselves the actual training in the factories.
Nexperia (formerly NXP Semiconductor Cabuyao and Philips Semiconductor) hosted Dualtech and its guests at its facility in Cabuyao City. Mr. John Frederick Ramos, Sr. HRM Manager, introduced the company and shared experiences partnering with Dualtech. As a long-time Dualtech advocate, he said “I strongly believe the mission of Dualtech. Marami pong galing sa Dualtech na naging successful.”
Former Dualtech Industrial Coordinator, now Senior Labor Relations and Admin Manager of Nexperia, Mr. Arnel Sumagui, had many stories to share from when he was still with Dualtech in 1988. He shared, “One of the best areas of training is the Dualtech set-up. So our trainees like in Telefunken that time were successful.”
One of the Dualtech graduates, Mr. Mike Reyes, gave testimony about his training in 1998 and now that he is an engineer at Nexperia. He said, “Matutunan mo hindi lang yung skills pati narin yung formation. Mas marami tayong matutulungan na estudyante.”
Ms. Gelyn De Castro, Principal from Tagkawayan Quezon, referred some scholars from her school. There were also graduates from the province who came back to her. She shared, “Napakalaki po ng pasasalamat ko sa Dualtech dahil ang mga estudyante po sa amin ay mga bulakbol. Nakita ko sila makatapos sa Dualtech. Nakita ko ang kanilang pagbabago.”
From Cebu, Ms. Helen Obenieta, ALS Coordinator, sent ALS graduates from Mandaue Cebu. For 3 months, she noticed changes on the attitude of their scholars. At NXP, she almost cried after seeing the scholars who thanked her for bringing them to Dualtech. On one of her conversations with them, she shared “Ma'am kahit malayo kami sa magulang namin tinitiis nalang namin para may pagbabago sa buhay namin kaya maraming salamat sa inyo dahil maraming nabago sa aming mga sarili dahil sa Dualtech.”
Nexperia currently trains over 30 scholars from different provinces.
Amherst Laboratories, Inc.
On November 17, Mr. Limuel Razo, General Manager, welcomed the participants at its Unilab Pharma Campus facility in Binan City. He shared that his connection with Dualtech started around 1987. He said, “All those years, I always believe in the quality in the education and training that is afforded to financially challenged students.” Just like Dualtech scholars, he also came from Mindanao and was one such student during his time.
He also acknowledged the efforts of the coordinators who involved themselves in finding qualified scholars to pursue vocational education at Dualtech and some who provided scholarship to the students. He said, “You help provide medium for these students to be properly oriented not just on the technical side but equally important on personal values. We would like to have students who eventually become our workers with work ethics guided by Christian values.” He called this a good partnership between the academe and private sector.
Ms. Michelle Samson, HR Officer, introduced two Bohol scholars who are trained at Amherst Laboratories and one graduate, Mr. Harold Bitoro, who also shared their stories and experiences.
Mr. Bitoro works at Amherst Laboratories now for 10 years. From a squatter area in Caloocan, he learned about Dualtech when he worked in a pier in Malabon and was told about Dualtech by the other workers. To sustain his finances, he accepted drawing projects. He was employed immediately after his 18-month training at Amherst. He shared, “Bilang empleyado, dinadala ko parin ang pagiging Dualtech. Alam natin sa ating mga puso na ang pagtatrabaho ay hindi lang kung ano iyong output natin, kundi punuin ng pagmamahal ang ginagawa tulad sa ibinigay at itinuro ng Dualtech.”
One of the coordinators from DepEd Bohol, Ms. Elizabeth Escolano, shared, “Naisama na sa program namin every Saturday ang pag advocate ng Dualtech. Nakakatulong ang Dualtech sa amin na magkaroon ng partner kasi may career path na iyong learners namin”
Mr. Razo ended the tour saying, “We are proud to showcase our facility, showcase our capabilities for some of you who would be recruiting more students from the provinces to bring them to Dualtech to pursue their studies. You will have something to show and tell them about our company, Amherst Laboratories.”
Other than Amherst Laboratories, Mr. Razo mentioned CSR projects of Asian Antibiotics, Philippine Health Foods, Amherst Parenterals, and now AM Europharma Corporation which are part of the Unilab Pharma network.
Honda Philippines, Inc.
On December 02, a group of DepEd Bohol Officials toured Honda Philippines in Sto Tomas, Batangas. The HR Team headed by Atty. Barbara Perez oriented the guests about the systematic process in producing motorcycles.
One of the graduates from Tayabas Quezon gave a testimony about the training acquired at Dualtech and at Honda Philippines. One of his memorable experiences was the spiritual formation given by Dualtech. He said, “Ang isang hindi ko inaasahan sa Dualtech ay araw-araw kami nag sisimba, araw-araw kami nag rorosaryo, araw-araw dumadaan sa chapel. Lahat ng ito ay tinuro sa amin ng Dualtech. Meron po kaming kasama noon na nakapag pari na.” Dualtech is his stepping stone to be able to graduate and be promoted in Honda. He added, “Marami naturo ang Dualtech kung paano umakto ng maayos sa sarili, isa na doon ay kung paano maging honest talaga. Matibay kasi ang pundasyon na ibinigay sa akin ng Dualtech habang ako ay nagtraining. May kasama ako na limang graduate sa department namin sa machining at lahat sila ay pinag kakatiwalaan dito.”
Ms. Jean Saturinas, EPS – II, ALS of Department of Education Bohol, is one of the coordinators who recruited scholars among students in Alternative Learning System. She knew Dualtech through other DepEd teachers and was convinced on the possible help for OSY Boholanos. She said, “Now we have realized that Dualtech is really commendable and the curriculum is worth emulating. We could see in the faces of the student and the learners that they are very disciplined and responsible. This experience is truly memorable to me and I hope that our partnership will be stronger not only to help but to enlighten the lives especially those who become hopeless.”
Honda Philippines has been very active in its Corporate Social Responsibility. They also opened possibilities of helping DepEd Bohol on their next CSR project in the Visayas region.
Yamaha Motor Philippines, Inc.
Yamaha Motor in Malvar Batangas also opened its factory for plant tour for DepEd Bohol last December 02. This company sponsored the in-plant training of 4 Boholanos.
One of the Bohol trainees, Vito Lumba Jr, shared his story when he was challenged by the strict school policies but having been a working student in Bohol helped him adjust. In Yamaha, Mr. Lumba is trained in engineering. He is also a student-leader at Dualtech. He said, “Leadership is not a position, but an opportunity para ma-iguide mo ang kasama mo, at training narin sa sarili mo para madala mo iyong kasama mo sa magandang bagay.”
Inspired by the stories, Ms. Marina Salamanca, Assistant School Division Superintendent of Department of Education Bohol Division, was awed by the training and formation availed by their scholars. She was newly transferred in Bohol and did not know the program yet until she noticed scholars carrying sacks of rice and bags of clothes and slept in the conference hall. In her curiosity, she decided to join the group to visit Dualtech. She said, “I discovered Dualtech. Had I known this earlier, I should have done my very best to recruit out-of-school youth. It was not a tour but an immersion. The virtue of St. Josemaria is really present. To Dualtech, thank you very much.”
Marilou Galit, General Manager for HR and IT of Yamaha, thanked the guests for visiting the plant. It was the first time the company hosted an educational tour for a technical school such as Dualtech. Yamaha is continuously getting Bohol trainees.