TESDA, Daikin to establish HVAC Center

MANILA – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Japanese company Daikin signed an agreement on Thursday to establish the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) center at the TESDA complex in Bicutan, Taguig.

“This is a partnership agreement. TESDA aims to provide a facility. Daikin will provide the infrastructure, technology, first-class learning materials and equipment,” said Florencio Sunico, Jr., director of TESDA-National Capital Region (NCR).

He said an improved standard of training and training of trainers is expected under the partnership.

TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña said: “As (TESDA) enters the era of the fourth industrial revolution, with smart technologies becoming mainstream, I am pleased that TESDA is also responding to these changes to meet the demands of the technologically changing job market, especially in the NRC.”

These advances have presented the engineers with challenges, he added. The TESDA chief said that Daikin Philippines approached the agency for this partnership, to bring technological advancements and improve the skills training that TESDA could provide.

According to TESDA, the partnership would not only retrain the air conditioning industry, but also increase the number of installers.

Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Kazuhiko Koshikawa graced the memorandum of signature of the agreement.

“The remarkable thing about this partnership is that both TESDA and Daikin Philippines are committed to investing in the capabilities of the Filipino workforce. Indeed, the good reputation of Filipino workers around the world is beyond question,” said Koshikawa.

Taking advantage of technologies and innovation goes a long way, the ambassador added.

Meanwhile, TESDA said Daikin Philippines had four months to convert a building into the HVAC center.

Daikin President Takayoshi Miki said the company will not only renovate TESDA’s building, but also work with the agency in developing the installation training program. (PNA)

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