The cutting-edge skills of Filipino workers in setting up safe wiring and the infrastructure for global e-Commerce will be on the spotlight in a first-of-its-kind competition sponsored by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority in partnership with Japanese and Filipino companies during the working Chinese Lunar New Year on February 9, 2005, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) today announced.

A report reaching Labor and Employment Secretary Patricia A. Sto. Tomas said the one-day competition-cum-demonstration on house wiring skills will be hosted by the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation, Inc. at the GBFI Technical Training Center at the Litton Mills Compound in Rosario, Pasig City on the said day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. TESDA Director General Augusto Syjuco, Jr., Japan’s labor attache to the Philippines Tamaoki Nagochi, and Japan Vocational Ability Development Association (JAVADA) VP Yoshika Okubo will award the winners.

The TESDA apprised Sto. Tomas that the major co-sponsoring partners of the one-day competition are the JAVADA, the GBFI, and the TOENEC Corporation of Japan which specializes in lighting, electrical engineering, high quality electrical power, and cutting edge communication technology for the 21st century.

The events are focused on installing safe wiring based on the comprehensive needs of the increasingly smart, communications- and IT-capable homes, high rises, and other structures of the modern world. The Japanese company TOENEC says that a single modern high-rise may have up to 20,000 lights, twice that number of wires, thousands of in-house outlets, circuit breakers, plug-ins, outdoor transformers, security hook-ups, and a wide range of high-tech and convenient amenities. Thus, there is a need for skills that will ensure a safe, efficient, stable, and ecologically-friendly supply of high quality electrical power along with the next-generation communications, which world-class Filipino workers shall help meet and ensure.

Sto. Tomas hailed the co-partners for sponsoring the event together with TESDA, saying their objectives jibe with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s priority to strengthen information and communications technology (ICT), and the DOLE agency’s mandate to develop the Filipino human resources. She also cited the GBFI for the support it has consistently shown in developing quality technical training for the excellence of Filipino workers.

The event’s opening ceremonies will start at 8:30 a.m. with Litton Mills VP for Finance and Management Johnson Robert Go as the guest speaker to be introduced by GBFI-Technical Training Center director Felipe T. Torres. Koichiro Kono, representing the TOENEC Corporation of Japan, will do the Ceremonial Cutting of the Ribbon. TOENEC Philippines Project Manager Arnel P. Claveria will introduce the competitors, and Erwin G. Yabut, a Filipino gold medal winner on commercial wiring at the recent ASEAN Skills Olympics in Hanoi, Vietnam, will lead the participants in reciting the Competitors’ Oath.

JAVADA VP Okubo, during the opening program, and Engineer Hipolito A. Leoncio, president of SPECS, will deliver inspirational messages for the Filipino workers. TESDA Deputy Director General Milagros Dawa-Hernandez will open the event, and will welcome the dignitaries, competitors, technical trainees, and guests.

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