September 19, 2023
To reinforce its response to climate change, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Rizal opened the first training center for Garbage Collection NC I in the Municipality of Teresa.
Last August 30, TESDA Rizal, in partnership with the local government unit (LGU) of Teresa, held an inauguration ceremony for the first training center for Garbage Collection NC I.
Present during the inauguration ceremony were TESDA Rizal Provincial Director Maria A. Roque, Rizal Vice Governor Reynaldo San Juan, Jr. representing Governor Nina Ricci Ynares, Teresa, Rizal Mayor Rodel Dela Cruz, Vice Mayor Freddie Bonifacio, Municipal Councilor Victorius Joshua San Jose, and members of the Sanguniang Bayan of Teresa.
TESDA Secretary/Director General Suharto T. Magudadatu lauded the opening of the training center and emphasized that such training centers will help the country’s garbage collectors to be more knowledgeable in performing their duties.
Secretary Mangudadatu said that with the right training, garbage collectors will learn the proper and safe handling and disposal of waste, which will ultimately help ease the impact of garbage on the environment.
“Garbage collectors have to deal with our daily trash. In this thankless yet very important job, they make sure waste gets removed from our homes and is moved to the landfills. We want to professionalize the job by making it a full-fledged occupation,” the TESDA chief said.
The training regulation for Garbage Collection NC I, which was promulgated in 2015, covers competencies relating to the collection, transport, and dumping of garbage, particularly municipal or city wastes.
A person who finishes the training is competent to be a “palero” or garbage collector.
The course, which runs for 104 hours, will include training on sorting and removing unnecessary items; arranging the items; implementing mitigation measures to eliminate environmental risks and hazards in the workplace; maintaining work area, tools, and equipment; and, learning the proper use of gloves, masks, boots or safety shoes, raincoats, safety goggles and reflectorized vest.
Meanwhile, Secretary Mangudadatu shared that TESDA has also integrated environmental literacy courses into its TESDA Online Program. These are Exercising Sustainable Development in the Workplace, Orienting Oneself To Environmentally Sustainable Work Standards, and Performing Solid Waste Management in the Workplace.
“TESDA has initiated programs that promote environmental protection, sustain biodiversity, and minimize, if not prevent, environmental degradation. We have also initiated efforts in implementing the greening of the TVET sector through the inclusion of green policies and initiatives to the training regulations,” Secretary Mangudadatu said.
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