Ilocos Norte gov’t eyes free mobile tech voc training

LAOAG CITY –- The provincial government here is planning to conduct a free mobile technical vocational (tech voc) training to the grassroots.

Provincial Public Employment Service Officer Lizette Bitancor disclosed that their office is currently coordinating with a company in Manila which is an expert in providing such trainings.

“This mobile training activity is good news to those who are not able to go to Manila or abroad to obtain trainings,” Bitancor said.

She added that they will also invite different schools offering tech voc courses to partner with them.

Their office will also encourage tech voc teachers to enhance their knowledge in their respective fields.

Trainings to be conducted to the rural areas may include carpentry, masonry, electrical engineering, electronics engineering, mechanical engineering, information and communication technology, industrial technology, computer technology, agriculture, and automotive.

Bitancor said the skills which the participants will learn can be essential in applying for works abroad.

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos has been encouraging high school students to take vocational courses because skilled workers are becoming in-demand here and abroad.

In her inaugural address for her third term, Marcos pledged to provide free skills and vocational trainings for the Ilocano indigent in order to provide them livelihood.

The provincial government’s scholarship program also began to include tech voc scholars since first semester of Academic Year 2015-2016.

Beneficiaries are mostly unemployed and out-of-school youth.

Major schools in the province offering tech voc programs include Mariano Marcos State University-College of Industrial Technology, Ilocos Norte College of Arts and Trades, Bangui Institute of Technology, Marcos Agro-Industrial School, and Overseas Technical Institute, Incorporated.