IN support of an Agusan del Norte Provincial Government directive on training, Agata Mining Ventures Inc (AMVI) recently partnered with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for specialized operator training with hydraulic excavators.

Trainees take turns with equipment familiarization exercises in an hydraulic excavator training session. Trainees take turns with equipment familiarization exercises in an hydraulic excavator training session.

The program developed 23 trainees from the joint venture company’s host municipalities of Tubay, Jabonga and Santiago, which are all located in the company’s Mineral Processing Sharing Agreement (MPSA) area.

All trainees completed the course and will be conferred with Level 02 National Certificates (NC-II) that officially validate their eligibility as skilled professionals for both local and overseas employment.

While the recent training program provides each apprentice with a higher eligibility for employment over the short term, they also earn the opportunity to explore opportunities overseas in the future.

“AMVI subscribes to the development of the country’s rich human capital and expanding the opportunities of qualified skilled workers. Moreover, it remains committed to the common development roadmap that it shares with its host municipalities,” says AMVI corporate services vice president Yody Marzo.

“AMVI also draws from TVIRD’s experience in Canatuan (Zamboanga del Norte) where it employed some 1000 workers at the height of its operations,” she added.

TVI Resource Development Philippines Inc (TVIRD) is the Philippines subsidiary of TVI Pacific and holds 60% of the AMVI joint venture with Mindoro Resources holding the remainder. TVIRD counts a significant number of indigenous Subanons among its ranks.

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