LRT-2 Train Driving Program granted TESDA Accreditation
LRT-2 as 1st among Railway Systems in PHL to receive such

(January 17, 2018) SANTOLAN, Pasig – The Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 2 conquered another breakthrough when it emerged as the first railway system in the country to receive accreditation from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for its competency-based program in Train Driving.

TESDA yesterday formally handed over the Certificate of Technical-Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Program Registration to the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) Philippine Railway Training Center (PRTC) in a ceremony at LRT-2 Depot graced by LRTA Administrator Reynaldo Berroya, and TESDA PaMaMariSan Director Antoinette Ma. Cardasto.

LRTA Administrator Reynaldo Berroya receives Philippine Railway Training Center’s Certificate of Technical-Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Program Registration from
TESDA PaMaMariSan Director Antoinette Ma. Cardasto in a Hand-Over Ceremony held yesterday at LRT-2 Depot, Pasig.

“Back then, we were just seeking for the accreditation of TESDA to strengthen LRTA’s goal to be the center in professionalizing the railway industry in the country. Now, the accreditation is already in our hands. Count on us to help our countrymen to develop valuable skills they can use in search for railway careers both locally and internationally,” the LRTA Administrator stressed.

Berroya said that this event is a milestone for LRTA as the pioneer in the construction, operation and maintenance of light railway system in the country.

The abovementioned TESDA accredited program offers 243 hours of Level II Training covering the units of competencies to drive a train such as communicating with operations and control center, preparing light rail train operation, dealing with train faults, and responding to emergencies.

The certificate granted is in pursuant to Republic Act No. 7796 directing the State “to provide relevant, accessible, high quality and efficient technical education and skills development in support of the development of high quality Filipino middle-level manpower responsive to and in accordance with Philippine development goals and priorities.”

Berroya stressed that this is just a part of the Philippine Railway Training Center’s projects, designed to advance the skills and competencies of the railway officers and personnel in the country through the provision of technical trainings and relevant development programs. It will be a center of railway excellence and a venue to upgrade the standards of the light railway industry in the Philippines.

He also expressed his gratitude to TESDA for their confidence and support to LRTA and its PRTC officers and personnel who generously shared their expertise, commitment, time and effort for the realization of this program.

“PRTC Training will soon be officially launched after the completion of its training facilities and the delivery of the required equipment,” Berroya pronounced.