DOST, MIRDC strengthens metals/engineering industry of Cordillera

By: 
Lito Dar / PIA
Posted: 30-Jul-2012 / 2 years 34 weeks ago
BAGUIO CITY, (PIA) - - The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Metal Industry Research Development Center (MIRDC) spearheaded  yesterday  the launching of a technical training project which aims to boost the competitiveness of the metals and engineering industry in  the  Cordillera region.
 
The  technical training is part of the capacity building project for the “Clustering of Regional Enterprise for Agro-industrial Machinery and Parts Manufacturing” (CREAMM) for Capacity Building program  initiated by the Cordillera Regional Development Council (RDC-CAR).
 
Mercedita Abutal, Chief Planning and Management Division of MIRDC, in presenting the project, stressed that the program is in line with  President Benigno Aquino III's countryside development directive to use  science and technology(S & T) for capacity building to boost the employability of the country’s workforce.
 
The training program  includes Blueprint Reading and Basic Machine Shop Operations such as Benchwork and Deburring, she said.
 
To further boost the competitiveness of the metal/engineering industry of Cordillera, private partners will also come in such as Moog Controls Corp., who will provide in-plant training for the program beneficiaries, Abutal informed.
 
According to Moog Control Corp. Human Resource Manager Efren Alberto, the metal and engineering industry has a large market. For Moog alone,   it  is presently in  need of 206,000 hours of benchwork and 318,000 hours of machining, which is why it is important to provide capacity building training to our region’s workforce so that we can accommodate such captured market here, he stressed.
 
Meantime, RDC Co-chair Dr. Virgilio Bautista also stressed the importance of strengthening  the  metal and engineering workforce and enterprises in the region as it will bring in economic development and will help in poverty alleviation through creation of employment.
 
Citing the Moog Controls Corp. as an example, Bautista stressed that it has already a captured market, especially in the aerospace industry abroad, which is why it is also  its  goal to increase  from 30 percent to 70 percent, the locally manufactured components or parts that Moog is supplying to its market. This can be done, he said, through capacity building and strengthening of the metal/engineering industry in the region.
 
Other partners for such endeavor are the Metalworking Industries Association of the Philippines (MIAP), Cordillera Aerospace and Industrial Manufacturing Technologies Corporation (CAIMTEC).
 
Also inaugurated during the launching  were the new equipment and training center for the program at the TESDA Regional Training Center (RTC) in Loakan Road, Baguio City.
 
TESDA RTC Administrator Engr. John Adawey, in an interview, disclosed that the 35 initial  beneficiaries of this the program will undergo a 20-day training and about 10 days in –plant training inside Moog. This  aims to provide the trainees adequate skills for them to have a high-level of employability. In addition, all of the products that the trainees will make under the program will also be sold-out to Moog Control Corporations.
 
Other  launching program  guests  include MIRDC Executive Director Arthur Lucas Cruz and DOST Assistant Regional Director Dr. Nancy Bantog, Engr. Edward Frenzel Yapyapan of MIAP and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Benguet Provincial Director Angela Gabriel.
The MIRDC  is  an attached  agency of the DOST  directly supporting the metals and engineering industry with services designed to enhance its competitive advantage. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)

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