Marikina school starts offering Shoe Tech course to address PH’s need for shoemakers

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  • The Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina will soon offer a “Shoe Tech” course
  • Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro said it will “further fortify the shoe industry in the Shoe Capital of the Philippines and develop the skills of the residents of Marikina”
  • The city also aims to address the need for more shoemakers in the country

Aiming to address the country’s need for more shoemakers in the country, a “Shoe Tech” course will soon be offered in a school in Marikina City, the “Shoe Capital of the Philippines”.

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The Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina will begin to offer Shoe Tech following the recently sealed agreement between the  local government unit of Marikina City and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Marikina City Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro said the course “will further fortify the shoe industry in Marikina, the Shoe Capital of the Philippines, and development of skills of residents in the city.”

Aside from Shoe Tech, Caregiving, and Bread and Pastry will also be offered.

“I am happy, Mayor Marcy, that today is the realization ng ating pinag-usapan, not just the training regulation ng shoe industry ang ma-aaddress natin, but other courses also that can be offered doon sa mga nangangailangan dito sa Marikina particularly,” TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña said.

According to the MOA, the TESDA will provide training to all the personnel of Marikina City Hall. They are free to choose whatever technical training or short courses they want to undergo, be it related to automotive, engineering, bartending, hotel management courses, and other courses available.

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The TESDA will also assist the city government for the accreditation of its City Engineering Unit to make it as an assessment center and training service provider for their offered courses related to engineering and automotive.

Earlier, Teodoro announced that the P60-million Shoe Tech School, located inside the PLMar campus, is set to be operational by the third quarter of 2020. This project seeks to boost the shoe industry in the city by having more skilled shoe makers.

He noted that the establishment of the Shoe Tech School will produce shoemakers through TESDA-certified training offered at the Shoe Tech School; saying it will be the answer to the lack of skilled shoemakers in Marikina.