The Negros Occidental provincial government here will build an institute to train competent workforce for various industries that will meet the demands of the global market.
Called the Negros First Global Institute of Technology (NFGIT), the school will rise on a 2.5-hectare Capitol-owned property in Talisay City.
Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. on Monday led the groundbreaking ceremony for the PHP135-million building expected to be completed in two-and-a-half years.
The NFGIT is an offshoot of the now 10-year-old Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center (NOLITC) located at the Paglaum Sports Complex here.
Ma. Cristina Orbecido, NOLITC school vocational administrator, said the center needs to expand its programs to cater to the demand for qualified workforce not only in the Philippines, but also abroad.
The NOLITC has industry partners in Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Canada, and New Zealand that need workers who have training for internationally-recognized courses or qualifications.
“It’s a global campus. The students will be trained to match the requirements or quality standards of our international partners, which have niche demand for workers,” Orbecido said.
The proposed structure, which comprises Phase 1 of the project, will include the Administrative Building and the Health Sector Building.
The former will house the offices, conference room, server room, and storage and supply room in the first floor; and the nine classrooms, faculty room, student affairs and guidance office, and research and external affairs office on the second floor.
The second building will have caregiving lecture and demo rooms, home management room, training room, foreign language rooms, and a medical clinic.
Through the Health Sector program, Orbecido said the NFGIT will provide international standard caregiver training to provide students global qualifications that will guarantee their employment.
“Based on the evaluation of our partners, the Philippine standards do not meet the required international qualifications. That’s why, our workforce still needs to study further,” she added.
For its part, NOLITC has been offering courses on call center training, English language proficiency, 2D animation and visual graphic design, & medical billing and coding. (PNA)
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