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Caloocan eyeing to be top tech-voc center hub in RP

By Jerry Botial
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 [ philstar.com ]

Caloocan City is seriously aiming to become a center for quality technical and vocational education and is apparently succeeding, city officials said yesterday.

City Mayor Enrico Echiverri said they have made some headway and are now promoting the creation of a Technical and Vocational Education Training Belt.

Echiverri said the TVET Belt will be composed of at least 40 technical and vocational schools in the city accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

Echiverri boasts that Caloocan City is steadily being recognized as a center for quality vocational education and technical skills training.

“Caloocan is providing quality alternative training that could provide livelihood opportunities and additional sources of income for the public,” the mayor said.

Echiverri added that it was TESDA district director Elpidio Mamaril Jr. who recognized Caloocan’s TVET Belt because of the technical and vocational schools mushrooming throughout the city. Based on TESDA district office records, Caloocan has over 40 technical and vocational schools, the most number of alternative learning centers in the Caloocan-Malabon-Navotas-Valenzuela area.

It is followed by Valenzuela with 12; Navotas with four; and Malabon with three.

Echiverri also announced that the Caloocan City Manpower Training Center of the Labor and Industrial Relations Office boasts of 85 to 100 percent TESDA accreditation passing rate.

LIRO chief Dante Esteban reported that during the latest TESDA National Certificate Level 2 examinations for Automotive and Shield Metal Arc Welding, Caloocan Manpower students got a 100-percent passing mark.

Esteban added that Caloocan Manpower also scored a 100-percent rating in the competency-based examinations given by TESDA.

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