Bukidnon LGU illegally operating training school – TESDA

MALAYBALAY CITY –  The Municipal Government of Maramag, Bukidnon had been operating a technical vocational training school since 2007 without government permit, according to Dr. Catherine M.R. Galapon, provincial director, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA-Bukidnon).

Galapon informed the Bukidnon provincial board about this during the regular session on June 8, where she was asked to shed light on the state of technical education in the province.

Galapon said the Maramag Polytechnic College, owned and ran by the municipal government did not secure Certificate of Program Registration (CPR) for all its skills training courses, at least nine of them.

Among the courses offered by the school included automotive, electronic services, welding, food trade and commercial cooking, computer hardware services, and health care services.

She told Bukidnon News the school’s brochure also made it appear they were registered with TESDA because they used qualification titles (QTs) TESDA uses for courses registered with them.

In the brochure, the school indicated that after the short term courses, the students will get an NC2 credit or National Certificate Level 2.

Galapon said another violation of the school is that they charged tuition of P2,500 when it is supposed to deliver free training as a “community training” center.

Maramag mayor Alicia Resus told Vice Gov. Jose Ma. R. Zubiri Jr via telephone during the session that they just patterned their operations after the Lugait Technical Vocational School in Misamis Oriental.

But Galapon, who was previously assigned to Misamis Oriental until April 2011, told Bukidnon News the school, also ran by the municipal government is a TESDA-accredited school.

She said past TESDA directors failed to close the school because the municipal government kept on indicating they will initiate registration.

“But they never pushed through,” she added.

She said she will give the school a chance to comply with the requirements to obtain a CPR for each course they offer.

She said they could also shut down the school if they refuse to register their programs.

Galapon said the Bukidnon Technical Institutes Association (BukTIA) has complained against the local government owned school’s illegal operation.

She said it is important that the public should know about the illegal operations of such schools because their graduates will not be allowed to take the TESDA skills assessment tests, required in obtaining special orders and other certificates required for local and foreign employment.

Bukidnon has 23 accredited technical vocation schools, 21 of which are privately owned. (Walter I. Balane)


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