Mining Firms Fund Training Center in Palawan
A new facility in the mining community of Rio Tuba in Bataraza, in the southern part of Palawan, seeks to empower local residents with training and upskilling.
Barangay Captain Nelson D. Acob said that there are many opportunities for this new training centre. He said, “The approved 2021 national budget, specifically TESDA budget, has ample provisions for community-based training programs and training for work scholarships which take advantage of because we have the facility to conduct training right here ni Rio Tuba.”
He continues, “We need to immediately address the issue of youth unemployment and we believe that providing them with knowledge and skills to have fulfilling jobs as soon as possible is key.”
Jointly funded by Coral Bay Nickel Corporation (CBNC) and Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corp (RTNMC), a subsidiary of Nickel Asia Corp. (NAC), the new training centre has audio-visual rooms and rooms for workshops. The centre will also be equipped with overhead cranes, conveyor belts, vertical structure platforms, and even electrical stimulators for training. The centre will also have job-preparatory training and skills education based on the courses that the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) gives.
This facility serves as a commitment of CBNC and RTNMC, mining firms that believe that this centre will help and guide locals to develop their skills for a more stable future.
Meanwhile, Reynaldo “Bong” Dela Rosa, Community Relations Manager for RTNMC, said that Bataraza aims to partner with TESDA for these training. He added that they did a survey to find out what skill training is needed.
He said, “The survey covering some 5,000 households in 5 Barangays (Rio Tuba, Ocayan, Sumbiling, Sandoval and Iwahig), shows that residents prefer technical pieces of training such as Driving, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Cookery, Auto Electrical Assembly and Agricultural Crops Production, and also, masonry, carpentry, pipefitting, automotive, plus specialized courses such as weight load simulation, heavy equipment operation, welding and electronics.”