"Molding the Future of Metal Industries"

The MIRDC’s project entitled “Human Resource Intervention for Sustainable Growth and Competitiveness of the M&E Sector:  Development and Implementation of Appropriate Training Curriculum Design for Computer Numerically Control (CNC) Machine Tool Programming and Operations” hits 853 trainee-graduates over its 2-year target of 800.  Started in September 2012 and until December 2014, the project activities were implemented as follows: 

Location      Batches     Number of Graduates
MIRDC            13                           261 
CAR                 7                           142
Batangas         3                            53
Talisay            5                            100
Iloilo               4                             81
Cebu               4                             80
Davao             2                             37
Cavite             3                             60

TOTAL:     853

After completing the training program, the trainee-graduates committed to render at least 3-year return service in the Philippines.  Each trainee was equipped with desired knowledge and skills after undergoing the 62-day CNC training program covering the following modules:


Part I.    Basic and Common Competencies: 

  • Basic Mathematical Concepts
  • Materials Selection
  • Dimensional Metrology and Limits & Fits
  • Reading and Interpretation of Technical Drawing
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Basic Maintenance Concepts
  • Conventional Milling and Turning Operations
  • Effective Human Relations and Work Ethics

Part II.   Core Competencies: 

  • CNC Programming and Operations (Milling and Turning) Basic CAD/CAM

Part III.  Industry Immersion

The implementation of the project had helped to produce CNC programmers and operators that specifically match the requirements of the M&E sector.  Engr. Robert O. Dizon, MIRDC Officer in Charge, said that every time that a batch graduates, we are adding new skilled people to the industry’s workforce and that we are coming closer to our goal of providing a solution to the ‘brain drain’ problem of Filipino CNC machinists. It is well benefitting that the performance will get better for the metals and engineering industries as the introduction of the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines in the production system has brought tremendous changes to the metalworking industry, hence improving the productivity and competitiveness of the M&E sector.

Dr. Danilo N. Pilar, Project Leader and Chief of the Technology Diffusion Division (TDD) of MIRDC led the project implementation in cooperation with the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research & Development (PCIEERD) as monitoring agency, DOST Regional Offices and partner support organizations such as the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Metalworking Industries Association of the Philippines (MIAP), Philippine Die and Mold Association (PDMA) and Aerospace Industries Association of the Philippines (AIAP).  In the provision of training on Basic and Common Competencies, the other partner support organizations included the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU) Mid-La Union Campus, Western Visayas College of Science and Technology (WVCST), Aklan State University (ASU) and the Sisters of Mary Technical Education Institute (Cavite and Cebu).  Several companies involved in the M&E sector participated in the project during the industry immersion stage of the training program.  Many of these firms immediately offered employment opportunities to the trainee-graduates.



Photos taken during the implementation of the project: Dr. Danilo N. Pilar, Project Leader (R)
with officials from the partner support organizations ((upper left), and a batch of trainees (lower left).