Philscat, Philmech collab produce 30 ‘barrio’ mechanics

In partnership with the Philippine Center for Postharvest and Development (PhilMech), the Philippine-Sino Center for Agricultural Technology successfully produced 30 certified ‘barrio’ mechanics in the recently conducted training on Repair and Maintenance of Small Farm Engines held at PhilSCAT Workshop I on March 20-25, 2017.

The 6-day training which aims to train and develop pool of rural technicians that will cater small farm engine repair services to nearby rural areas was funded by PHilMech as a complementing support to the Agricultural Mechanization advocacy of the national government.

According to the Memorandum of Agreement signed by both parties, the training will be done for five (5) batches in collaboration with Super Trade Machineries Global, Inc and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority-Nueva Ecija (TESDA-NE).

Super Trade being the leading distributor of agricultural machineries deploys the resource persons, handle the hands-on training and provides the necessary tools and demonstration materials during the training while TESDA-NE handle the competency assessment and NC-II certification for the participants.

The six-day training is comprisedof lectures on work ethics and safety; identification of internal combustion engine (ICE) parts, its functions and mechanism; basic troubleshooting; engine application and maintenance; action planning; basic motorcycle servicing; hands-on activities on ICE assembly and disassembly; and small ICE servicing.

“I am encouraging everyone to participate. Try and learn. The engines and machines that we are providing will eventually become rusty. It will get old and breakdown, but all the knowledge that you could gain from this training will be useful as long as you live. It could last a lifetime,” said Engr. Joel Panagsagan, Super Trade vice president for marketing and external affairs, in his message during the opening ceremony.

Helen Calica, PhilMech Technology Management and Training Division chief also pointed out the importance of this training to the participants being on the front line in providing technical assistance to their respective regional units.

All the participants received their certificate of completion during the graduation ceremony while special awards were given to May Ville B. Castro as the ‘Most Active Participant’ and Gemma O. Mallo as the ‘Most Improved Participant’ who garnered the highest increment based on the result of pre-test and post-test given during the 1st day and on the 5th day of the training, respectively.

“It’s been 25 years since I graduated from college and the last time I studied ICE was in 1992 before I took the board exam. I can barely recall what I’ve studied but this training refreshed my mind as I read the hand-outs. Through the case I really lack hands-on activities since my thought that having my brother as a mechanic, I won’t need to apply what I’ve learned. At turns out, this training made me realize that I should also know how to do it on my own,” said Mallo, one of the participants.

Based on the competency assessment of TESDA-PTC, from the 30 participants who completed the training, 28 took the exam and only 26 successfully passed the National Competency II certification.

The second batch of the training is scheduled on May 15-21, 2017 while the remaining batches were slated on scheduled on June, July and August of 2017. JMRarama

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