DepEd Region VII, Davao Del Norte LGU visit Dualtech and Enchanted Kingdom
As part of the vision to contribute in alleviating poverty across all regions of the Philippines, Dualtech Center, through the effort of the Community Relations Office and Partners and Programs Office, welcomed about 30 coordinators from Bohol, Cebu, and Davao last November 8-10, 2018.
Participants, majority of whom are affiliated with the Department of Education, had undergone Dualtech 101, a seminar- workshop and immersion specially designed to introduce Dualtech Center and its adopted dual- training system, life skills and work values for Visayas and Mindanao community representatives.
Highlight of the seminar was the company tour at Enchanted Kingdom and Artesyn Embedded Technologies, partner companies in Sta Rosa which are hosting five and 50 trainees respectively.
Dualtech guests visited the Enchanted Kingdom (EK), first and only world- class theme park in the Philippines, a proudly owned and managed Filipino company that sought to give everyone an “enchanting experience- away from day-to-day realities of life.”
EK has a very young partnership with Dualtech Center of one year. “We had our partnership with Dualtech in November 2017 and we were very happy with our partnership with them kasi since we started naexpose po lalo ang Enchanted Kingdom,” Ms. Mahree Sular, HR Supervisor, said as she welcomed them. Then, with excitement, she shared the good news. “Ang limang trainees ay pinalad na tanggapin namin dito sa aming kumpanya. We asked them kung willing silang mag-continue after po nilang maka-graduate and they are all willing na makasama pa kami nang mas mahabang panahon.”
Dualtech and its system of training was further commended by Mr. Albert Santos of Operations Division. The Davao-hailed head observed the good moral values Dualtech trainees had brought in their company-- inspiring regular and senior employees how to pray and be grateful. “Thank you very much kasi you reminded us na magpasalamat. [Pinatunayan nyo] na hindi lang tayo nagwo- work for the salary kundi pati yung work values. Sana, in the future, ma- combine nila fully ang formation nila [from Dualtech] and ang formation naman ng EK sa safety.”
One of the scholar- trainees was Mr. Michael Pulgo from Bohol. In his testimony, he moved everyone to tears as he shared the changes Dualtech Center has brought into his life. Shackled with poverty, he chose not to pursue his Marine Engineering course to help his parents feed their family.
As always in the case of faith, opportunity knocked when a chaplain in Bohol introduced him Dualtech Center. Hesitant at first for it was the first time he would leave his family, he decided to include his name among the interested scholars. The priest sponsored his ferry ticket going at Dualtech.
“Noong nandito na ako sa Dualtech, noong unang mga araw o linggo, parang gusto ko nang sumuko. Nahirapan ako. Pero, sa kabilang banda, masaya naman dahil magaling ang mga nagtuturo,” he narrated. “Pinapahiwatig nila sa’yo na dapat mong gawin yan, dahil para yan sa ikakabuti mo. Yun ang pina- prioritize nila- na turuan kaming mga trainees ng tama, na yun ang sundin namin, para sa mga darating na panahon, alam mo kung paano mo iha- handle ang mga sitwasyon kapag nagkaproblema ka”
As for what he learned best so far, “Noong nasa Bohol ako, hindi ko makita ang totoong ako. Dito sa Dualtech ko unang nakita ang sarili ko. Ganito pala ang pagiging tao. Sa Dualtech, parang ang pinakagoal ng isang trainee ay kung paano magpapasalamat, o paano ka humingi ng tawad, unang- una sa Panginoon.”
He added that it was indeed a magic working as a trainee at Enchanted Kingdom. Describing himself as “taga- bundok” - which stirred laughter among the listeners- he was not used to a great number of people he met and saw everyday. But the skill of dealing with thousands of guests entering the theme park, along with his intensified skills in mechanical, electronics and electrical practices, just added to the magic he felt inside.
“Ngayon, parang pinapahiwatig ni Enchanted [Kingdom] na kukunin kami. Willing ako na maging technician. Masaya kami kasi tinututulungan nila kami. Iisa ang goal namin: yun ay ang makapaghatid ng kasiyahan sa mga guests dito. Kami na ang magtutuloy ng magic!”
Another trainee who shared his story was Mr. John Wesly Alforo of City of Naga in Cebu. Like Michael, he also set aside his dream to finish a college degree to help his struggling parents for their daily needs. He worked hard, tried every possible decent jobs available in their locality, in the hope of saving money to be successful in life.
He coupled his hard work with prayers. Every single day, his desire for a better opportunity grew more. His prayers were finally answered when he was employed at a water refilling station owned by Dr. Marilyn Miranda, who was also present in the seminar. With her encouragement and support, he decided to grab the opportunity and traveled all the way from Cebu to Calamba City.
It turned out that studying at Dualtech Center was the best decision of his life. He did not regret. Instead, he paid back by encouraging his friends in Cebu to seize this life- changing chance. “Ine-encourage ko po sila. Ang Dualtech ay isang magandang experience para sa amin na out of school youth, o sa mga ibang estudyante na huminto, o mga kabataang naliligaw.”
He also took the chance to express how grateful he was to his Dualtech mentors, who, during his stay, served as not only their learning facilitators but fathers who listened and advised. “Pinapasalamatan ko po ang mga advisers, ang mga mentors namin sa school. Sobrang nakatulong po talaga sila sa amin. Minsan po, parang gusto na naming umayaw sa training. Kung minsan, nami- miss mo yung pamilya mo, yung kapatid mo. Pag may problema doon sa Cebu, parang gusto mo nang umuwi kaagad.”
God had given more than he asked when he landed at Enchanted Kingdom for his Advance Stage Training Program (ASTP). His technical exposure, coupled with the warm welcome of his colleagues, was the exact description of the “magic” he felt at EK. “Bilang trainee po sa Enchanted Kingdom, siguro ang pinakamahalagang natutunan ko is yung “magic” na habang nagpe- preventive maintenance tayo, hindi namin iniisip na, ‘ito, kailangan matapos ko na to kaagad for requirements lang.’ Iniisip namin na paano kung yung pamilya namin ang sasakay dyan?”
Joining Pulgo and Alforo were Jupiter T. Suello, Mark Laurence Ibo and Gregg Lloyd Cretecio. These pioneer trainees would join the 500 “casts” - as EK called its employees- as regular maintenance technicians once they finished their training in November.
After the company presentation, student testimonies and delectable snacks, EK management announced that they would try their newest attraction, the Agila EKsperience. Commenced in December 2016, this flying theater, the first of its kind in the Philippines, promoted several scenic spots in the country: a short ride in the wonders of Batanes, Bohol, Cagayan de Oro, Palawan, and Zamboanga among others.
“This is one of my greatest experiences,” shared by Mr. Romelito Roferos, District ALS- Coordinator in Bohol after the ride at Agila. “Bakit greatest experience? It is because I able to explore the Philippines in just six minutes.”
He further shared that he, too, envisioned a country thrived by educated and productive citizens, have stable salary and good values. This, according to him, was the very reason why he promoted Dualtech Training Center wherever he went.
Roferos’ short experience at Dualtech could be summarized as a chance to be “wealthy”. “Lalo po akong yumaman, hindi sa pera kundi yumayaman sa pagpapahalaga sa tao, sa kapwa at sa trabaho. Sana, yumaman pa tayong lahat sa mga bagay na ito para magkaroon po tayo ng bansa na may magandang kinabukasan.”
Reassuring messages, on the other hand, were given by Dr. Marilyn Miranda, ALS- Supervisor of Region VII, as she promised to send more scholars, one of which was Olforo, from their city, and continue to advocate Dualtech program not only from where she came from, but in the 18 regions of the country.