DOST-MIRDC offers grants for CNC machinists

BACOLOD CITY, April 1 (PNA) — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Negros Occidental is now accepting qualified applicants to avail of its grant and free training for computer numerically controlled (CNC) machinists, DOST provincial director Allan Francis Dara-ug, said Sunday.

Dara-ug said the grants are given through the Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC), an attached agency of DOST.

He said the training for CNC machine tool aims to address the depleting machinists that have greatly affected the metals and engineering industries in the country.

“The demand for CNC machinists is very high in Cebu, National Capital Region, and other areas in the country under the export processing zones. The job is also in demand in South Korea and Canada,” Dara-ug said.

The project is known as “Development and Implementation of Appropriate Training Curriculum Design for CNC Machine Tool Programming and Operation as Human Resource Intervention for the Sustainable Growth, Productivity and Competitiveness of the Metals & Engineering Sector.”

Dara-ug said the training will run for 52 days and it includes classes on basic, common, and core competencies of CNC and industry immersion. The training is free for unemployed participants and P300 daily allowance is given to them to defray their expenses while on training, he added.

For employed participants, they need to pay P10,000 for the training fee.

Applicants must either be a graduate of vocational or technical course or a college student taking mechanical technology or other related courses. They must also have basic skills and knowledge in basic computer operation and conventional machining, Dara-ug said.

Interested applicants must accomplish an MIRDC personal information sheet and submit their diploma, transcript of records, certification, community tax certificate, medical certificate, barangay clearance, and recent passport size photo, he added.

The forms are available at the DOST office at Cottage Road, Bacolod City. (PNA)


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