Memorandum of Agreement for the Development of Training Curricula on Advanced Mechatronics, Robotics, and Industrial Automation
By: Maybelyn D. Rivera
The DOST - Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC) and the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) inked the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on September 21, 2021. The MOA pertains to the development of training curricula on advanced mechatronics, robotics, and industrial automation.
TESDA and DOST-MIRDC officials who took part in the event are as follows:
Ms. Rossana S. Urdaneta
TESDA Deputy Director-General for Policies and Planning
“The synergy between TESDA and DOST-MIRDC will make the nexus of technologies and metals and engineering industries stronger and more effective.”
Engr. Robert O. Dizon
DOST-MIRDC Executive Director
"Hopefully, through this partnership with TESDA, we will be able to come up with the appropriate training curriculum that will enable our workforce to do jobs, such as working remotely, working using mobile phones and gadgets, and operating the business even during the hard times of the pandemic."
Hon. Isidro S. Lapeña
“This MOA signing will result in the development of four (4) training curricula for the AMERIAL Project that will allow us to share resources including the services of technical experts and trainers, learning materials, as well as research and training facilities.”
The AMERIAL team had already identified possible training curricula with the support of the Mechatronics and Robotics Society of the Philippines (MRSP).
The DOST-MIRDC now has better guidance in the preparation and development of the curricula through the signed MOA. MIRDC, together with TESDA, will create a joint working group to implement the training curricula and learning materials applicable for the AMERIAL project. This agreement will also pave the way to the promotion and advancement of the industries and human resources towards industry 4.0.
Currently, the AMERIAL team is drafting the four (4) curriculum designs in coordination with the MIRDC Industrial Training Section (ITS). The team seeks technical inputs from TESDA that are necessary for the preparation of the training activities. The curricula will be finished by the end of this year. TESDA will assist to ensure that the curricula comply with the requirements of the Unified TVET Program Registration Accreditation System (UTPRAS) before the program implementation in 2022.