DUBAI – The largest Filipino-owned technical-vocational school in the United Arab Emirates formally opened here on March 8, providing a venue for Filipino migrants to acquire better skills.
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director General Isidro Lapeña led the inauguration of POWER Technical Training Center, an ISO-certified facility accredited by the Dubai government's Knowledge & Human Development Authority.
“I am optimistic that POWER Technical Center will empower our ‘kababayans’ here in Dubai and will serve as a bridge in making our OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) more globally competitive because this is the very purpose of technical-vocational education and training,” Lapeña said.
Lapeña said the center is complete for a starter as it meets minimum requirements for certain training regulations.
“For this kind of training facility, they have a big chance to succeed in their endeavor,” he said.
Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Hjayceelyn Quintana also commended the training center.
“Saludo ako sa inyong lahat sa training center (I salute all of you in the training center). In the program, it says I am to give an inspirational message but you know what the truth is? You are the one giving me an inspiration,” she said.
Quintana joined Lapeña in cutting the ribbon and unveiling the training center's marker along with Deputy Consul General Renato Dueñas, Labor Attaché Felicitas Bay, and Executive Director of WorldSkills Asia Fahar Al Suwaidi.
“Our engineering and construction sector training programs are aligned with the training regulations of TESDA and internationally-related standards," said POWER Chief Executive Officer Jim Mahan.
Mahan said the center will offer the following programs, among others: Electrical Installation and Maintenance NC II, Industrial Motor Control NC III, Solar Panel Installation Business, Fire Alarm System, CCTV Installation, Building Management System, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC), Plumbing NC II, Diploma in Electronics, and Industrial Engineering.