ERDA Technical and Vocational Secondary School in Pandacan, Manila, was founded in 1994 by Fr. Pierre T. Tritz, SJ, a French Jesuit priest, and its Board of Directors, to give economically and socially disadvantaged youth, mostly from underprivileged communities of Pandacan, Sta. Ana and Sta. Mesa, Manila, the chance to finish high school education and be trained in technical skills that will enable them to find gainful employment and alleviate themselves from poverty. In fulfilling this noble mission, ERDA Tech understands the need for their scholars to acquire the latest accurate labor market information and proper labor education thru DOLE-NCR programs.
Anent to this, and the directive of Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz to intensify addressing the jobs-skills mismatch in the country, DOLE-NCR and ERDA Tech entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on September 18, 2013. The signing of the MOA institutionalizes the regular conduct of Labor Education for Graduating Students (LEGS), Career and Employment Coaching (CEC), and Anti-Illegal Recruitment and Trafficking in Persons (AIR-TIP) Campaign in the same school, thru its continuous coordination with the Manila Field Office.
“We thank the DOLE-NCR for providing us the opportunity to avail of its programs for the benefit of our tech-voc students,” ERDA Tech Principal Peter Marc D. Magsalin stated. In reply, Regional Director Alex V. Avila also thanked ERDA Tech for entering into a partnership with DOLE-NCR, and is hopeful that the same will expand to include other relevant programs in the near future.
Also present during the MOA signing were Assistant Principal Jonathan S. Lacson and Guidance Counselor Joanna G. Logronio of ERDA Tech; Labor Attaché Romulo V. Salud; Assistant Regional Director Nelson C. Hornilla; TSSD-Developmental Head Lorna R. Obedoza; Director Leonides P. Castillon, Jr. and Jeremiah T. Carlos of the Manila Field Office.