February 9, 2023

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Regional Training Center (RTC) Baguio and the Cordillera Basic Sectors Transport Cooperative (CBSTC) signed a memorandum of agreement to enhance the capacity of public utility vehicle drivers in the region.

The CBSTC is a pioneer transport cooperative in the Cordillera that advocates the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program through the use of new technologies in the sector.

Under the MOA, CBSTC adheres to develop expertise and enhance skills of its drivers and workers, operate adequate facilities and services of its members, and believe in the competence of the training center in promoting the Dual Training System.

“We are committed to develop highly skilled and internationally-competitive workers. With such, we strongly advocate active partnerships with industries and other stakeholders in the delivery of our programs. CBSTC had pro-actively responded to our advocacy,” said Tesda-Cordillera Director Jeffrey Ian C. Dy.

Tesda RTC Baguio and CBSTC will develop and implement a functional collaboration on provisions of skills training, sharing of training sites and facilities, on-the-job-training, competency assessment, and employment facilitation in the sectors of automotive and land transport, electrical and electronics, and metals and engineering that will mutually benefit the trainees, graduates, and employees of RTC Baguio and CBSTC.

“We are already in the 4th Industrial Revolution and CBSTC is one of the ideal platforms to improve and enhance our training delivery through provision of modern training vehicles and facilities. In return, Tesda commits to provide the conduct of competency-based training and the conduct of TVET research and innovations in relation to the industry demand-driven solutions for the transportation sector,” Dy added.

CBSTC Chair Jude Wal said the effectiveness and efficiency of public transportation are important in the nation’s economy.

“Partnering with Tesda RTC Baguio is timely and important. Their programs are appropriate in our sector,” he added.

RTC Administrator Felixberto Jun Matute said they will develop the implementing guidelines of the MOA this year and it will be in full operation by next year.

“As much as possible we are targeting to train all members of the cooperative of CBSTC in CAR by next year,” he added.

As agreed, the CBSTC will donate engine mock-ups for classes 1 to 3 for their trainees.

Dy and Wal signed the MOA during the third anniversary of CBSTC on Oct. 29. – Press release