KEITECH GraduatesA total of 140 graduates of the Kananga-EDC Institute of Technology (KEITECH) are on the road to fulfilling their dream of better lives for their families as well as upholding the institution’s tradition of excellence. Of the 140, 50 obtained certifications in metals and engineering, 17 in tourism, 25 in pipe fitting, 23 in plumbing and 25 in electrical installation and maintenance.
Ninety-four graduates or 67% have already secured jobs; this number is expected to increase with the positive reviews of the employers of the first two batches of graduates, and more companies providing on-the-job training and jobs.
“These graduates are a living proof that when different sectors of society work together for a noble vision, wonderful things can happen…. KEITECH is EDC’s way of helping our host communities achieve their dreams and improve their lives,” Energy Development Corporation (EDC) chairman emeritus Oscar M. Lopez (OML) said.
KEITECH was established in 2009 by EDC and the municipality of Kananga, host of EDC’s Leyte Geothermal Production Field. Taking off from the prescribed training program of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, the KEITECH curriculum integrated EDC’s recommendations for additional lessons in math, English, occupational health and safety, and practical exercises. EDC also incorporated lessons on discipline and values development.
“At KEITECH, we put special emphasis on building the character of our trainees. Our long experience in business and human relations has taught us that skilled or smart people come and go, but the ones who possess integrity, discipline and strong moral character are those who last,” OML stressed.
Photo Caption: EDC president and COO Richard Tantoco, KEITECH president Paul Aquino (seated, 2nd and 3rd from left) and EDC SVP Ernesto Pantangco (extreme right), with Leyte provincial board member Deborah Bertulfo and Kananga Mayor Elmer Codilla, join the graduates of KEITECH