Dualtech Center and EEI Corporation in Negros Occidental

Dualtech and EEI Corporation, together with Buglas Foundation, returned with more opportunities for schooling and employment for Negros Occidental.

Dualtech, together with industry partner EEI Corporation, visited LGUs around Negros Occidental last July 11 to 15, 2023. Together with Buglas Foundation; Dualtech Center visited Bacolod City, Victorias, Bago City, Hinigaran, Cadiz, Don Salvador Benedicto, and La Castellana for several career talks in coordination with DepEd Officials and LGUs. Dualtech also gave orientations about the scholarship program in partnership with Negros Occidental Provincial Office; and also about the Electromechanics Technology course, the opportunity for OJT, and eventually stable employment. Buglas Foundation also disseminated information on the scholarships offered for qualified students by the Negros Occidental Scholarship Office.

As for EEI Corporation, its representatives conducted local recruitment specifically in Hinigaran and announced its thousands of hiring skilled workers for local and overseas employment. This is the first community visited by EEI with Dualtech. Among EEI’s most important updates were that they would provide more scholarship grants, that they are willing to train unskilled workers, and that they need workers for local and overseas employment.

For EEI Corporation; its representatives were Norman Eusebio, Group HR Manager, and Recruitment Officers Jeric Estrada and Mary Grace Quintar. For Dualtech; it was represented by Rodolfo V. Sta Ana III, Manager for Community Relations, Leonard Calma, Manager for Linkages, and Eric Dela Cruz, Admissions Coordinator. Mr. Roger Sarmiento represented Buglas Foundation.

For the first day of the trip, the group spent time in Bacolod City. Joel Nedamo, former Dualtech Learning Facilitator, now a teacher in Lizares National High School, organized a career talk for parents of the prospective scholars. Many parents showed interest in sending their sons to Dualtech. A forum after the presentation addressed concerns about the condition of the boarding house; living expenses and needed support of the parents, training and employment opportunities when they take the Electromechanics Technology course, among others.


On the afternoon of day 1, the Negros Occidental Scholarship Office’s Ms. Karen Dingsay arranged a courtesy visit with Governor Bong Lacson. She informed the governor that about 200 scholars were sent to Dualtech and 50 of them had already graduated. Dualtech then shared that one of the first graduates, Jofer Marfil, in Negros Occidental and his Boholano co-workers were commended for good performance at in San Miguel Brewery. Partly because of this, San Miguel decided to provide scholarships.

EEI Corporation introduced the PESO Manager of Hinigaran municipality for a possible training collaboration with Dualtech Center.

On Day 2, a series of activities marked the start of a bigger collaboration between Dualtech and the whole Deped officials in Victorias. Deped Officials in Victorias Negros Occidental arranged a career talk with about 50 prospective scholars, ALS and SHS teachers, Deped Chief and Asst Superintendent. Aside from a presentation on the EM program, the audience learned from Mr. Sarmiento of Buglas about the Negros Occidental Scholarship Office. The DepEd Curriculum Chief enthused the audience by sharing how she had to work hard to get her own college scholarships. She told the learners that in Dualtech, they can get a good career after 2 years.

On the same day, the team left for Bago City to meet the Information Office’s Mr. Ace Balboa, who arranged a courtesy visit with Mayor Yulo and Vice Mayor Torres. Mayor Yulo is a relative of the main benefactor of Dualtech who donated the 2.9 hectare lot where Dualtech is situated. A local radio station interviewed the Dualtech team, a scholar from Bago City, and Buglas Foundation to be featured in its Go Balita news broadcast. They shared the impact of the scholarship program in partnership with Negros Provincial Scholarship Office. Bago City LGU will help connect both Dualtech and EEI to PESO and other offices to provide training and employment opportunities to the locals in the city.

For Day 3, Cadiz was the focus. One highlight was meeting Mr. Max Fernandez, Brgy. Kagawad of Brgy. Jerusalem, who wanted local students to get a rare scholarship opportunity. His barangay is among the far-flung areas in Cadiz and they did not expect a team from Dualtech will consider visiting the place and offer the scholarship program. He also told the youth attending the gathering to consider other careers offered by Dualtech and EEI other than being a farmer in the sugarcane. Mr. Fernandez also assisted the team for a courtesy visit to Mayor Salvador Escalante Jr.

For Day 4, the team met Mayor Marxlen Dela Cruz in the LGU of Don Salvador Benedicto. After the presentation, the Mayor said they will study how to provide support for selected youth from their own LGU. One of the scholars referred from this municipality is from the Indigenous People (IP) community. The team met the relatives of Christian Mahinay in a restaurant where the Dualtech scholar was previously working. They plan to send more IP scholars to Dualtech.

For the final leg of the trip, day 5 was spent in La Castellana. The team was invited by Soriano Elementary School on its first alumni homecoming. In this gathering, Dualtech was invited to speak about the scholarship program. The organizer thanked the group for spending their last day in La Castellana.


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