THERMA Visayas Inc. (TVI), the operator of AboitizPower’s power plant in Toledo City, recently launched “Project T3,” which stands for TechVoc-Tesda-Training, a community skills training program aimed at addressing unemployment, while promoting entrepreneurship in the company’s host communities.
This initiative benefitting select residents of Barangays Bato and Cabitoonan will provide technical vocational training in NC-II Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) and NC-II Pipefitting plus NC-II Bread and Pastry Production in connection with a Community Bakery project. TVI also sponsored the assessment fees for NC-II certifications.
“Toledo City, an industrial hub, needs a skilled workforce. The graduates of this skills training course would be ‘job-ready,’” said TVI Facility Head Noel Cabahug. “It is the objective of Project T3 to increase the hiring potential of the participants so that they can contribute immediately to a more vibrant Toledo economy.”
Toledo City Mayor Marjorie “Joie” Perales commended the program. She said: “Our profound thanks to TVI and the Aboitiz Foundation, Tesda [Technical Education and Skills Development Authority] and CTU [Cebu Technological University]. The T3 program is very relevant and timely indeed, as it directly supports and promotes the economy of Toledo City as a vital cog in the growth of Cebu and Central Visayas.”
In its launch phase, the T3 initiative will ensure quality technical training and workshops for 100 beneficiaries. It banks on practical training and current industry trends, thus making it highly relevant and attuned to market requirements towards gainful employment while developing the skills of enterprising individuals.
Leading the efforts to provide industry-standard training in various skills such as welding, scaffolding and commercial baked goods production is project partner Engr. Redjie Arcadio, campus director of CTU.
“These skills are actually in demand and thus highly marketable. Our end goal is gainful permanent employment for our T3 program participants. Thus, much consideration has gone into identifying and developing skills training programs that supply the human resources needs of the market and industry,” he said.
“We have high hopes for Project T3 because of the virtuous cycle it creates—with each and every progress the program achieves, the greater sustainability we promote in terms of the increased living standards and the economy of Toledo,” Cabahug added.
Running a state-of-the-art power plant certified in five ISO standards—Quality Management, Occupational Health and Safety, Environmental Management, Asset Management, and Business Continuity Management—TVI is focused on creating a positive impact on its host communities.
Its 340-megawatt baseload power plant in Barangay Bato, Toledo City is pivotal in providing electricity to residents and business communities in the region, supporting Cebu’s rapid economic growth.