TESDA Women’s Center holds stakeholders’ forum for the automotive and land transport sector
On June 6, 2019, a Stakeholders’ Forum for the Automotive and Land Transport sector was held at the Holiday Inn and Suites Hotel in Makati City. It was organized by the TESDA Women’s Center thru the initiative of the Center Advisory Council (CAC). The forum created a platform to gather relevant inputs from the industry players and other participants of the round table discussion regarding women’s participation in the Automotive and Land Transport Sector and the skills requirements relevant to their company needs; identify opportunities where women take on specific jobs or job groups within the industry value chain; and identify opportunities for partnerships with the TWC in specific areas.
In a welcome message, the TESDA District Director Ma. Angelina M. Carreon of Pasay-Makati representing the TESDA-NCR Regional Director, Conrado G. Bares emphasized that the forum has bring together key industry players in the sector and their presence is an active testimony to the engagement of the sector in promoting the entry of more skilled women to the sector.
The TESDA Deputy Director General for Policies and Planning, Rosanna A. Urdaneta gave a message on behalf of Director General Isidro S. Lapeṅa, PhD., CSEE. In her message, she highlighted the importance of the active involvement of the key industry players to expand and strengthen the Automotive Sector, one of the priority sectors in the country that TVET should focus on based on the National Technical Education and Skills Development Plan (NTESDP) 2018-2022. The plan envisions a “Vibrant Quality TVET for Decent Work and Inclusive Sustainable Growth,” she said. With the advancement of technology in the Automotive Sector, its strong employment generation potential and its share in the country’s GDP has a great deal to offer in terms of quality employment opportunities to many Filipinos that will contribute to the economic development of the country, said DDG Urdaneta.
The Center Advisory Council Chairperson Pacita “Chit” Juan delivered the closing message, giving thanks and appreciation for the active participation of the key players from the automotive and land transport sector and keen interest in exploring opportunities for women in the non-traditional trades. To the men who were present, she emphasized about their strong representation of “gender blindness” by not discriminating in terms of gender but rather focusing mainly on the best qualities and competence of the person, an act that she wants to instil to everyone to achieve gender equality in the work force.
The PCW Chairperson and CAC Member Rhodora Bucoy gave an impression about the forum. She stressed the initiatives of the key players in engaging women in the production process within the Automotive Industry. She also gave her strong support to their efforts at making the workplaces women friendly. She also mentioned about the emerging issue on contractualization which affects both men and women. Finally, she emphasized the need for a policy that will ensure industrial peace, security and equity not just for women but for all and the need to work together to address the issue.
The automotive companies and other relevant organizations gave their commitments to work and partner with the TESDA Women’s Center on the areas of experience-based training, employment or job placement, curriculum development, and capacity building for the trainers.
The half-day event brought together 33 participants (15 males and 18 females) from Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc., CATs Motors, Inc., Centro Manufacturing Corp., Isuzu Philippines Corporation, Toyota Motor Philippines & Yamaha Motor Philippines, Inc. and relevant organizations such as Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Philippine Metalworkers Alliance-IndustriALL and Social Ventures Multi-Purpose Cooperative, including some members of the Center Advisory Council, namely: Rhodora Bucoy, Carolyn Sobritchea, DDG Rosanna Urdaneta, and Chairperson Pacita “Chit” Juan. The forum was facilitated by an external consultant, Ms. Luzviminda Villanueva.