It dawned clear and bright last March 8, 2016 at Davao City when the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General, Secretary Irene M. Isaac, and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea to the Republic of the Philippines, His Excellency Kim Jae-Shin inaugurated the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Phase II Project – Incubation Center and Multi-purpose Hall at the Regional Training Center Korea-Philippines Vocational Training Center, Davao (RTC KorPhil Davao) at Buhisan, Tibungco, Davao City.
This is the realization of cooperation and friendship between the Philippines and Republic of Korea through the signing of an agreement last July 2, 2012 at Makati City. Formalizing the agreement were former KOICA Resident Representative Kim Jinoh and then TESDA Director General Emmanuel Joel J. Villanueva.
The KOICA Phase II project consisted of a building housing the Incubation Center for Food Processing and Agricultural Machinery Fabrication; classrooms for the Korean Language and Culture training; and a Multi-purpose Hall. Another aspect of the project were trainings in Korea Polytechnics and Manila to upgrade the skills and technical knowhow of trainers and staff of the Center as well as the provision of equipment.
Various representatives from different national government agencies, TESDA operating units and industry partners witnessed the official turn-over of the Phase II project. This attests to the overwhelming support to achieve its completion and objectives.
RTC KorPhil Davao
The Center is a five (5) million USD grant from the Government of the Republic of Korea to the Government of the Republic of the Philippines.
It sits in a 6.4-hectare lot in Buhisan, Tibungco, Davao City in what was before the National Manpower Youth Council (NMYC) Training Center.
Its creation was sealed by an Agreement on Seoul, Korea on June 2, 2003. It was inaugurated on March 8, 2005 by no less than President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Korean Ambassador Yu Myung Hwan, and former TESDA Director General Augusto L. Syjuco Jr.
Under the leadership of its Center Chief, Egmedio O. Valdez Jr., the Center envisions itself to be “the leading agricultural mechanization institute in the Philippines and the ASEAN” through its mission in “developing internationally competitive workers in agricultural mechanization”.
In its effort to maintain quality and effective capability building, the Center continues to cater to training needs of the community while at the same time, increasing the competencies of its trainers and staff alike.
Visions for the Future
Regional Director Dr. Gaspar S. Gayona’s message on having a propulsive and heartsome drive for innovativeness set the tone that trainers and trainees must internally imbibe as they journey towards the advocacy and promotion for the benefits of technical and vocational training. This way of thinking will create a culture of technoprenuer thinking rather than simple skilled worker orientation. Innovation becomes the key in surviving a world of no borders to which slowly but surely Filipinos are pushed through i.e. the ASEAN Integration.
Secretary M. Irene Isaac challenged the Center to level up the silver accreditation it has obtained at the Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC) into gold. She has also envisioned that the Center will be in the forefront in agricultural modernization program as key to the Philippine Qualification Framework (PQF) implementation.