Dualtech Graduates: Celebrating Success in Technical Education

dualtech-graduates2019Ang kagandahan sa Dualtech at sa kanyang adopted dual system, una, you got exposed to various skills,” he said. “ Mayroong electrical, mechanical, electronics and automation. From that platform, hindi mo pa man alam which particular specialization [you would pursue], it opens many doors for you to explore. Ako, initially, I wanted to become an electrical engineer. Just so happened that my exposure was in automation and robotics. So madami talagang oportunidad.


With no chance to study in college, Francis “Kiko” Garcia worked as a helper in his auntie’s auto- electrical shop. His priority was to help his struggling family to make both ends meet, so he put aside his personal dreams. As a young boy, he would always read anything his hands would reach. This habit led him to a daily newspaper where Dualtech Center, which in 1986 was located in Matrade, Makati, looked for new scholars.

He tried his luck and got admitted.

As he started his program, he recalled undergoing six months basic training. “Ang nature ng training naming noon ay actual- tulad ng pagwe- welding, paglalagari ng bakal, pagre- rewind ng motor. May plumbing pa at electronics.”

After passing the six- month of basic training, he proceeded to in-plant training. Here, he further trained with the soft skills he learned at Dualtech. He first worked as a tool keeper in a company which exports wood carvings abroad.

Ang trabaho ko dito, yung mga tools. Naghahasa ako ng mga tools na ginagamit sa pang- ukit ng lamesa,” he shared.

Though earning fair enough money, his desire to continuously improve himself led Kiko to Panasonic. He was employed in the Japanese multi-giant for 28 years.  Started as a line assembler, the values and work ethics imbibed in him opened doors for Kiko to elevate his position: he became die setter then foreman then supervisor.

When Panasonic Philippines planned opened- up another production line, the plastic injection of washing machines, he was sent to Japan for training. When he came back, he was immediately promoted as Assistant Production Engineer, then less than a year after, became in-charge of a production line of a different department.

He eventually became the engineering head, and its manager without having to earn a college degree.

With these accomplishments, from a mere production assemblyman to unit manager, at age of 50, he still wants to seek challenges. He accepted early retirement at Panasonic. He used the money in starting his own business with his wife.

Going back, the path Kiko had taken was not an exploit he did overnight. “Nagstart tayo sa skills. Ngayon, nasa management na tayo,” he concluded.  
The same drive brings Juvenal “Juvi” Orejas to where he is now.

By that time Juvi enrolled at Dualtech, dual training was not widely known by many except for the partner companies who accept trainees. The challenge, according to him, since the system and the institution was new, there was a limited number of companies which recognized the products of this kind of system of education.

That is why, to be absorbed in the partner company where the student rendered the training was a big factor in developing confidence to start a career.
This chance, however, was not for Juvi. Though highly commended for his technical know- how, the position open in his company during the time he finished his training entailed heavy lifting. One of the standards was the height requirement.

He was not absorbed.

When asked how he felt about it, “Ang kagandahan sa program ng Dualtech, part of it is personality development. We looked at things very positively. Yung opportunity na lang to have two- year training, kahit twenty pesos lang ang allowance noon, we were very much thankful na. We saw the value sa mga natutunan namin.”

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Kung hindi ako natanggap doon, I was already very thankful sa two years na na-cultivate ako as a person,” he added.

With high spirit, he applied in a company in Taguig City. He was immediately hired because of his varied technical skills- something he owed much at Dualtech and the partner company where he had his training. Young as he was, he did well in his work and became a regular employee after half a year.

In his 7th month of working, his colleagues from the company where he had his training were waiting for him outside his house in Makati. They were ordered, Juvi narrated, by the management to ask Juvi to return to the company the next day.

He accepted the offer and immediately resigned in his regular post.

Kung titingnan natin, ganoon ang opportunity ng isang nakapag-tapos ng Dualtech,” Ms. Songsong mentioned. “Bukod sa hinahabol ka, the period from your graduation at saka yung employment, maigsi ang pag-hihintay.

When Juvi came back, he was assigned to lead a production line. After four months, he was promoted as assistant supervisor.

Doors were continuously opening for the graduates like Juvi, after a significant amount of time, he rendered resignation to find new experiences in other companies. There was an opening of technician in Makati. Out of two hundred applicants, only two would be hired, each for two requesting departments.

He was one of the two.

Ang kagandahan sa Dualtech at sa kanyang adopted dual system, una, you got exposed to various skills,” he said. “ Mayroong electrical, mechanical, electronics and automation. From that platform, hindi mo pa man alam which particular specialization [you would pursue], it opens many doors for you to explore. Ako, initially, I wanted to become an electrical engineer. Just so happened that my exposure was in automation and robotics. So madami talagang oportunidad.”

Currently, Juvy Orejas is working as ASEAN Service Manager of ICU Medical Philippines, an importer of medical devices and equipment catering the biggest hospitals in the country.    

 

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