Carpentry, commercial cooking, electrical installation—these are just a few of the courses that can be offered by the newly constructed Philippine Red Cross’ (PRC) vocational training centers in Subic and Leyte.
Building the training centers is one of the Haiyan recovery projects committed to by the Bahrain Royal Charity Organization (RCO) with PRC, a partnership that was made official during a signing ceremony in February 2014 at the Subic Bay Freeport. The one-storey vocational training center in Tacloban City, Leyte, will be inaugurated on May 19, and the one in Subic, Zambales, will be inaugurated on May 20.
“These new vocational training centers aim to further strengthen already resilient Typhoon Haiyan-affected communities and families in Subic and Leyte by ensuring sustainable growth through education, which then leads to greater chances of employment. By providing the students with relevant skills and necessary entrepreneurial skills, an improvement in the affected communities’ employment rate would be possible,” said PRC Chairman Richard Gordon.
The vocational training centers aim to provide people with market-driven technical skills and training, which will enable them to secure steady, well-paying jobs and become productive members of society.
Both vocational schools consist of four rooms—two workshop rooms (64 square meters each), one equipment storage area (64 square meters), and one administration office (32 square meters)—as well as two toilets. The school has a seating capacity of 30 to 40 students for lecture sessions, and 15 to 20 students for laboratory sessions.
The facility, which will be accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), will offer trainings on electrical installation and maintenance, plumbing technology, carpentry, masonry, commercial cooking, bread and pastry production, sea farers ratings course, and a finishing course for call center agents.
“This is an expansion of our humanitarian service, as well as our relationship with different partners. Through the unwavering support of the Kingdom of Bahrain Royal Charity Organization, this project was made possible,” said PRC Secretary General Oscar Palabyab.
Like PRC, RCO aims to help alleviate the suffering of people living in Typhoon Haiyan-affected areas by donating funds for PRC’s developmental projects, such as the vocational training centers. This is RCO’s first collaboration project under PRC’s Haiyan Recovery Operations program. The school in Subic cost PHP 7.8 million to make, while the one in Tacloban amounted to PHP 5.3 million.
Joining Gordon and Palabyab at the inauguration of the Tacloban vocational school on May 19 are the RCO Bahrain delegation led by Secretary General Dr. Mustafa Alsayed, mayors from different municipalities, and PRC Tacloban City Chapter Administrator Edwin Pamonag.
The inauguration on the following day in Subic, Zambales, will be spearheaded by Gordon, Palabyab, Alsayed, mayors from different municipalities, officials from the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, and PRC Olongapo City Chapter Administrator Vilma Feji.