TESDA-9 conducts TR Dev’t Workshop on Rubber Production, Processing PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 October 2011 16:25

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority-9 conducted a four-day Training Regulation (TR) Development Workshop on Rubber Production and Processing on September 26-29, 2011 at the Kabasalan Institute of Technology (KIT) in Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay.

The workshop was designed to develop the training regulations on rubber production and processing. Facilitated by the technical staff from the Qualification and Standards Office of TESDA at the Central Office, the workshop produced two draft TRs, one on Rubber Production Services NC II and another on Rubber Processing Services NC II.  The draft will be subjected to validation with a different group of rubber industry farmers and processors.  Once promulgated, the TRs will serve as basis for registration and delivery of training programs on rubber, competency assessment and certification. Assessment and certification will help professionalize the rubber industry workers as they will be evaluated based on the competency standards.

A total of 46 rubber industry stakeholders from the rubber cooperatives, rubber processing plants, local government units, national agencies involved in rubber production, and universities/colleges from Regions IX and XII attended the workshop.  The two regions are the biggest producers of rubber in the country today.  Rubber is one of the major One Town One Products (OTOP) products in these regions particularly in Zamboanga Sibugay, Basilan, and North Cotabato.

The next activities before its promulgation by the TESDA Board include the development of Competency-Based Curriculum and Competency Assessment Instrument.  TESDA-IX OIC-Regional Director Lorenzo Macapili plans to conduct all these activities in October and November to have the TR promulgated before the year ends.  Zamboanga Sibugay Governor Rommel Jaloslos committed to support all the initiatives to develop the rubber industry.  He said that the industry would continue to grow in the light of the world’s increasing demand for natural rubber and less production of synthetic rubber.

This activity is part of the regional convergence program of the Department of Agriculture IX and TESDA IX on enhancing agricultural productivity through skills development. (joywee/TESDA 9)