By Roi Anthoni B. Lomotan
DUMAGUETE CITY, Aug. 15, 2013 (PIA) — Some 592 students of the Provincial Integrated Skills Training Center (PISTC) in Negros Oriental received skills training certificates in a graduation ceremony held yesterday at the Provincial Convention Center.
The graduates took vocational courses in PISTC which include electrical installation and management NC-II, machining NC-I, automotive servicing NC-I, automotive servicing NC-II, shielded metal arc welding NC-I, shielded metal arc servicing NC-II and driving NC-II.
The PISTC is an institution supported by the provincial government which provides technical and vocational education to Negrenses to help them get a job.
Engr. Edgar Calumpong, PISTC point person said that the skills training center is also coordinating with the Provincial Employment Service Office (PESO) to ensure that their graduates can avail of employment opportunities after finishing their courses.
Calumpong disclosed that right now, there is a demand for welders in the Middle East.
PISTC is also accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda).
Meanwhile, Provincial Administrator Arnel Francisco graced the event and delivered a message in behalf of Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo to the graduates.
“My dear graduates, the skills you have can bring improvement to your lives. Use it in your journey towards development. Life is full of challenges, however, the PISTC has equipped you with knowledge to face life’s challenges,” Francisco echoed the governor’s message.
Francisco congratulated the graduates in behalf of Gov. Degamo. He also lauded PISTC trainers who taught technical knowledge to them.
Meanwhile, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Negros Oriental Officer Kendrick Villaluz gave the closing remarks of the ceremony and stressed to the graduates that having a good character is essential in employment.
“Do not be concerned with your reputation because that is what others think of you, but be concerned with your character because that is what you are,” Villaluz advised the graduates.
He also added that there is a tight competition waiting for the new graduates in the real world and the only advantage they got is a good character.
“I am not discouraging you but challenging you to not only possess the knowledge but also the attitude of a Filipino worker,” Villaluz concluded. (FCR/RAL/PIANEGOR)