Dualtech Center: How It Changed the Education Landscape
1994 is a significant year for both Technical Education Skills Development Authority and Dualtech Training Center. It is the founding year of TESDA through a law that mandates all training institutions to help prepare Philippine workforce. For Dualtech Center, it is the time when the Philippine government recognized through a law the dual- training system which Dualtech pioneered in 1982.
As narrated by Mr. Crisanto Malaiba, Business Director of Dualtech Center, that started in 1982 as a non-profit technical- vocational school, Dualtech Center offered trade skills in electrical, electronics and mechanical, with values formation and personality development. The students are immersed both in the school for theory- based learning and basic training and in an accredited company for real- life learning situation.
“We are partners with many multinational giants like Honda, Yamaha, Tanduay, Asia Brewery among others,” said Mr. Malaiba. “Ang kagandahan sa program namin, kung saan nakapagproduce na kami ng mga managers at supervisor ng kumpanya, sila mismo ang nag- iintroduce sa kanilang mga trabaho para makipag- tie- up sa Dualtech,” he added.
The skills acquired by the trainees cut across the different industries- may it be in automotive, semi- conductor, food, servicing or pharmaceutical because of the work values Dualtech has instilled to the minds and hearts of their students.
“Kung iisipin po natin, ang kalakaran ngayon hindi lamang sa Pilipinas, kundi sa buong mundo ay mayroon kang competency o kakayanan na papasa sa pamantayan ng industriya. Yun ang hinahanap- ang competencies na pwede mong magamit sa paghahanap- buhay. At yun naman ang pino-provide ng TESDA, sa pamamagitan ng pakikipagtulungan sa mga training schools na kagaya ng Dualtech Center.” Ms. Floramel Joy Songsong, Division Chief of Partnership Incentives Assistance Division of TESDA affirmed.
Following a ‘study-now, pay- later program’ Mr. Malaiba also stressed the shared responsibility between the students and the Dualtech Center. Under this program, Dualtech would initially shoulder the training needs of the students during its six-month Basic Stage Training Program, then it will be paid during the 18-month Advance Stage Training Program.
“Ang mga estudyante ng Dualtech, karamihan sa kanila, ay galing sa mahihirap na pamilya. At kami ay tumatanggap ng estudyante on a regular basis. Madami na kaming estudyante na nanggagaling sa areas ng Visayas at Mindanao. Kaya naman, we assured them, and the parents and relatives, that we would extend the support they need while they are having the program with us,” he added.
The team who visits far- flung areas of the country (Dualtech’s Community Relations Office) specifically target the communities with high poverty incidence to help alleviate the socio- economic situation of their locality.
In a separate interview with Mr. Jose Jacob and Mr. Armando Capitin of Community Relations Team, they shared the efforts of Dualtech Center to reach out to the communities in Visayas and Mindanao regions to introduce the Electromechanics program.
“We would like to encourage everyone that technical education is a good path for having a good future,” Mr. Cris Malaiba concluded.