Thirty-seven Filipinos are expected to graduate from the Domestic Refrigeration and Aircon Mechanic course offered by the Philippine Consulate General through the Philippine Overseas Labor Office today.
The class, which is part of the second batch, began the course on Nov. 5 under the technical supervision of James R. Abuy of Pacific Islands Club.
They will have the Business Management Seminar component today at the Filipino Workers Resource Center before the students officially graduate. The seminar will be conducted by Jun D. Bañadera, Jr.
Of the 37 students, nine are women, labor representative Carmelina Velasquez said in an interview yesterday.
“It goes to show that women are really becoming more independent-minded,” Velasquez told Saipan Tribune. “They want to acquire more skills because they realize that it’s very important to know more things.”
Velasquez noted that the course is only a “stepping stone” for more possibilities.
“These are just basic knowledge about domestic refrigeration and aircon mechanic. It will be up to them if they want to pursue advanced courses and perhaps get licensed in the future,” she emphasized.
Asked if the course will be offered again next year, Velasquez replied, “Why not? If there’s a demand [we will offer the course again].”
The Domestic Refrigeration and Aircon Mechanic – Batch 2 is one of the three skills upgrading and livelihood courses for the fourth quarter of 2011.
The Fruit and Vegetable Carving – Batch 3 class was conducted for four Saturdays in October by Eduardo M. Elenzano.
The Basic Computer Operations 1 – Batch 54 under Zaldy P. Quebral and Marilyn D. Quebral is expected to conclude tomorrow, Nov. 20.
In other news, Velasquez said their office will be busy toward the end of the year as they are scheduled to inventory their assets.
According to Velasquez, their office annually conducts an inventory of what they have at the Filipino Workers Resource Center, which serves as venue for their events and activities, including the livelihood courses they offer every quarter.