SAC TTP trains 1000 plus; counts 21

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The St. Anthony’s College Technical Training Program (SAC TTP) operated by the La Mennais Brothers officially closed effective AY 2015-2016 after 21 years of serving Antiqueños. The SAC TTP served over a thousand technical trainees from all over Antique.

On 13 March 2015, SAC TTP graduated forty-two technical trainees – the last it would. Fifteen students completed training in Automotive; four in Dressmaking; 10 in Electronics; seven in Fabrication; two in Machine Shop; and eight in Refrigeration.

The graduates were: Automotive: Bonapart Abadiano, Fritz Gerard Bertolano, Kerwin Elanga, Ricky Boy Omallao, Santi John Atienza, Bobby Chavez, Jr., Erecson Espino, John Vincent Panaungon, John Albert Ballarta, Jurex Cortejo, Kenneth Lloyd Meanagua, Jaimar Pechon, Vic Pelingon, Mario Sasana, and James Tayoganda.

Dressmaking: Shara Mae Elizan, Hazel Mae Frayco, Raylin Gatila, and Sheila Mae Samillano. Electronics: Prince Bardollos, Gilbert Cantor, Marfel Gambalan, Michael Gonzales, Albert Jaudines, Zarina Jean Nacional, John Kevin Napacia, Jeyson Pelingon, Ronnie Pelingon, and Isagani Sumba.

Fabrication: Ryan Galono, Jan Paul Garcia, Ian Joy Martinez, Niño Matandac, Danmark Miquela, Jhon Angielou Nieves, Dexter Tababa, and Carlo Dolorica. Refrigeration: Juvan Gozon, Al Lorbie Abapo, Paul Vincent Cordova, Lunard Carl Dimamay, Jied Gallego, Aldrin Matunding, Maxx Mondoy, Eric Jhon Valero, and Vincent Zamora.

Twenty-one years ago, the La Mennais Brothers observed that there was a large pool of untapped, unemployed youths in Antique who dropped out of the formal educational system, usually because of lack of financial resources. The La Mennais thought that these young people still had their place in the community if they were given a chance. The observation encouraged them to develop a program that would respond to this particular reality.

In 1994, the La Mennais Brothers in Antique implemented the TTP. This was directed to providing unemployed out-of-school youth with training in blue collar competencies and education in Christian values meant to increase self-confidence, enhance their employability or pave the way for gainful self-employment.

The closure of the program was an effect of the enhanced technical training services and scholarships of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and the implementation of the RA 10533 of 2013 (Enhanced Basic Education Act). Both national developments, which focus on developing employable skills among students at the mandatory education level, particularly the Senior High School had rendered the SAC TTP redundant.

The La Mennais Brothers will be turning over the TTP Building as well as some of the training equipment to SAC for use in the implementation of the Senior High School.