The Republic Cement Group, a leading cement and building materials manufacturer and construction solutions provider, continues the success of its community development initiatives as 147 graduates of its Iligan Plant’s skills training program recently received National Certificates II (NC II) in Shielded and Arc Welding from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
“Republic Cement is firmly committed to the development of our host communities, including providing relevant skills training that can translate into employment opportunities both here and abroad,” said Renato Sunico, president of Republic Cement and Building Materials, Inc. (RCBM).
The newly certified welders represent the second batch of trainees under the program, which has since produced over 200 graduates. The project mostly benefits indigent and unemployed members from its two neighboring communities, Barangays Kiwalan and Acmac in Iligan City.
Under the program, which is implemented in partnership with TESDA and the Barangay Councils of Kiwalan and Acmac, scholars undergo a total of 324 hours of intensive training in order to receive a certificate. NC II is part of TESDA’s Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) Qualification and Certification System, which validates that its program graduates are equipped with the technical aptitude in all relevant competency requirements and standards prescribed by the industry.
Apart from offering livelihood opportunities, the program promotes equal opportunity and gender diversity, having trained over 20 women in the Shielded and Arc Welding course, a traditionally male-associated profession.
Sunico further notes that the partnership with TESDA is part of the company’s capability-building efforts, helping to expand the local pool of skilled workers from which it can hire contractors for its expansion requirements. He adds that most of the welding contractors currently servicing Republic Cement’s Iligan Plant are products of the skills training program.
“This is one way that Republic Cement builds shared value in our host communities,” shared Sunico. “Our skills training program is one way for us to contribute to the communities’ overall well-being.”
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