Sonion Philippines, Inc.
When Sonion Philippines started its operation in 2012, they approached different educational institutions in search of the most qualified and talented personnel that would handle the technical demands of their production line. Finally, in 2016, Sonion Philippines came in contact with Dualtech Training Center because of the Electromechanics program it is offering, which was exactly what they needed. As of this year, 65% of the total population of Sonion trainees are from Dualtech Center, and they absorbed 90% of these trainees to be part of their technical department.
To guests from Department of Education and partner Local Government Unit, Ms. Eliza Delos Santos, Sonion HR Director, through Ms. Ruth Mueco, HR Generalist, presented the “development journey of Dualtech trainees and their work environment that espouses creativity and continuous learning.”
Two Dualtech alumni, who had their training at Sonion, and are now working as regular employees, shared their humble beginnings and their rise into secured professionals. Jonnel Ilagan of Calamba City is among the first batch of trainees sent by Dualtech Center to Sonion.
“Dito ko po natutunan sa training ang mas technical- mga electrical, electronics, PLC- magtroubleshoot ng mga machine. Nandito po ako ngayon dahil sa Dualtech,” Ilagan said.
With Ilagan is Jeffrey Libaton of Bohol. When he was a trainee, he struggled to adjust in his first weeks, especially as it was his first time to work with people of different cultures. This feeling of isolation was exacerbated with the homesickness he felt. However, in the course of fulfilling the promise he set for himself and his family, he survived. “Naging motivation ko po sila upang tumayo sa sarili kong paa at itaguyod ang aking pamilya,” he shared.
An audio- visual presentation was also presented by the management of Sonion Philippines which featured three current Dualtech trainees, namely Emmanuel Arriola of Laguna, Elton John Maslang of Abra and Arnold Mordeno of Agusan del Sur. These were shown to the guests, which in turn added to the validation of how to establish a career in technical education.
Arriola’s passion in technical works were further fueled by the basic and advance training he had experienced both at Dualtech and Sonion. Part of the plastic molding center of the company, he fulfilled his duties beyond expectation. More than the technical skills, Maslang, on the other hand, was more than grateful of the spiritual formation and values development he received from Dualtech Center, which were he practiced in the company. His work as a maintenance technician required him to coordinate with other people from the production line to assess the needs of the machine and equipment he handles. However, at first, as timid as he was, he didn’t know how to approach and start a conversation. Eventually, through the welcoming atmosphere Sonion set in its workplace, and the continuous guidance of Dualtech through its Industrial Coordinator, Maslang’s self- esteem soared.
“Sa tulong ng Sonion at ng aking mga kasamahan sa trabaho, napataas ko ang aking self- confidence [habang] tinutulungan din nila akong matutunan ang mga technical na gawain,” he mentioned.
The meager life of Mordeno in Agusan del Sur inspired him to exert the best he can to finish the Electromechanic course. He worked as construction laborer and farmer, but some days there were still no food to spare on the table.
His life turned when Dualtech Center, through its Community Relations office, visited their small province to find scholars. “Pero dumating ang Dualtech sa buhay ko at nagkaroon ng patutunguhan ang buhay ko. Natulungan din ako ng Dualtech na magbalik loob sa Panginoon at makihalubilo sa aking kapwa,” he said. Mordeno is assigned to monitor the electrical facilities and regulate the water resources used in the production line.
Before the visit was concluded, another set of testimonies were given by representatives from Department of Education in Bohol, Quezon and Lapu- Lapu City to testify how moved they were with the stories of Dualtech alumni and trainees.
Ms. Marilou D. Maas of DepEd- Quezon was still in awe to personally witness the discipline and the passion each student has. “Nung first time kami nagpunta sa Dualtech at nakita naming kung paano sila magtrain- yung pagbati, yung disiplina sa sarili, ang gandang tingnan, iyong paggalang- nakakatuwa po,” she enumerated.
She would always think that her experiences as an educator would be confined in the four walls of her classroom. Entering a manufacturing company, for the first time, and witness herself how it worked, made her promise herself to put best efforts in encouraging young men to enroll at Dualtech, because, according to her “ alam namin na Dualtech changes lives.”
Whenever DepEd Bohol feels that young men in their province would want to continue further education, but lack finances, they would always refer them at Dualtech Center. Dr. Janet Butalid shared how passionate she was in promoting the institution to parents and relatives of out- of -school youth and those who cannot afford a college education.
“We help each other na ma-reach out yung students [who] instead [of] just playing around, walang ginagawa, walang pera. We encouraged them to go to Dualtech,” she said.
She also reminded those who were interested not to treat the program for granted. “Dapat isipin ninyo na hindi kayo bakasyonista. You are not spending your vacation and it is not an easy life.”
“Your future is at stake. This is one way of helping your parents,” she added.
Lastly, Ms. Marigold Cardente of DepEd- Lapu- Lapu City had insights to share. As an Alternative Learning System (ALS) implementor, she saw the urgent need of individual students to find their self. In so doing, they can make a choice for their future.
Hesitant at first, their department sent three scholars to Dualtech. With the help of the local government and the guidance of the ALS mobile teachers, these three finished their course and came back in their province to show how opportunities unfold for graduates. From three, they sent 24 more and planning to visit far- flung areas in Lapu- Lapu City to share this good news.
“Nakita namin how Dualtech opens a new path for our students. At the end of the path, the student gains self- worth, develop love for self and love for God. And most of all, they gain pride and dignity,” she concluded.