Sunday, September 23, 2018

Mining firm partners with TESDA to build skills of Masbate youth

In photo is the newly constructed TESDA Center. Inset shows opening rites led by Aroroy Mayor Arturo Virtucio (3rd from left), with Filminera President Crispiniano Acosta (left), B2Gold vice president for operations Dale Craig (2nd from left) and Filminera vice president for operations Sulpicio Bernardo (right).

The largest mining company in Masbate has recently launched a skills training program and built a training center in the town of Aroroy in partnership with Technical Skills Development Authority (TESDA), offering a wide array of employable skills for Masbate’s youth covering eight host barangays of the Masbate Gold Project (MGP) in the community.

The two companies that comprise MGP – Filminera Resources Corp. and Phil Gold Processing & Refinining Corp. – funded the center’s construction, while the barangays will allot scholarship funds to selected students who will enjoy free tuition for technical and vocational courses.

The courses offered are automotive servicing, small engine servicing, driving, food processing, bread and pastry, heavy equipment operation, electrical installation and maintenance, plumbing, and carpentry.

The project was launched in the time for the school opening in June 2018.

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