Partner, Then Friend For Life
In the course of acquiring partners, Cris developed many friendships. Friendships that were real, true and deep. Cris transformed Dualtech from “dictated upon by industry” to “being a partner of industry”.
Encouraged by a friend to apply for a job at Dualtech, Cris did so. Rather than using his Psychology major for PsyOps in the military (yes, Cris joined the armed forces for a brief moment), it will be of greater use in a school. Cris got accepted and was handed the duty of being the school registrar. His college degree is an advantage because he knows the kind of psych a student needs to succeed in Dualtech. He was school registrar in 1995.
A year into his registrar’s role, Cris was moved to the Industry Relations Office. His new assignment proved to be challenging. While Dualtech has been in existence for 14 years, the Dual Training System Act of 1994 (RA 7686) and the TESDA Act of 1994 (RA 7796) still had to be fully implemented. Convincing a company to “buy-in” on the Dual Training System (DTS) needed a lot of effort. Even when backed-up by two laws, promoting DTS was an uphill battle for Cris. With barely a handful of partners in Canlubang, hardly any money, difficult times (Manila was experiencing a financial crisis), but with a spirit of optimism, tenacity and dedication, Cris moved on advancing Dualtech among its corporate clientele.
As Business Director, Cris represented Dualtech in various Industry Associations, Management Associations, and Chambers of Commerce. He has also held various board positions and leadership roles.
On July 12, Dualtech Center management awarded Cris Malaiba a Plaque of recognition for his 26 years of service to Dualtech.
Asked about his plans for the future, he went on to say that one should not fear the future. And he intends to enjoy whatever he will do and to still bring Dualtech Center wherever he goes.
Cris is now the Secretary General of The Motorcycle Development Program Participants Association, Inc.
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