DTI-AiTECH Partnership on Construction and Academe Linkage Program

The Department of Trade and Industry thru Construction Manpower Development Foundation (CMDF) partnered with the Local Government Unit of Antipolo to develop a scholarship program in Construction Management that other LGUs will be benchmarking later on.” said Undersecretary Prudencio M. Reyes, Jr. with utter hope that this joint venture will continually strengthen the construction and manpower development in the country.

To develop competent, well –trained and globally competitive labor force, the Department of Trade and industry (DTI) thru its attached agency, CMDF entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with LGU-Antipolo on strengthening the linkage and partnership of construction industry and academe.   Formal Ceremony was held in Antipolo Municipal Hall last January 28, 2015. Present at the event were signatories Antipolo Mayor Casimiro Ynares, III, DTI –Undersecretary Prudencio M. Reyes Jr.,  and AiTech President, Dr. Erlinda Pefiancio.

Antipolo Institute of Technology (AiTECH), the primary academic institute involved in this undertaking is a tertiary institution owned and managed by the City of Antipolo. “AiTECH’s vision is to be the preferred provider of tomorrow’s construction industry leaders by 2020. Its aim is to contribute to nation-building by developing new breed of professionals who are able to blend knowledge, skills, and attitudes in construction management engineering.” explained Mayor CasimiroYnares, the City Mayor of Antipolo who also led this endeavor.

DTI’s primary role in the project is to be AiTECH’s industry partner who shall provide technical assistance and guidance in the design, development and implementation of the AiTECH program on construction management engineering and technology.

The AiTECHprogram is a 4-year higher education program on construction management engineering and technology with focus on four main disciplines: Construction industry; Construction supply; Technical/ consultancy and contract administration; and Sales and marketing. AiTECH scholars will come from top ten graduates of all public and private high school students residing in the City of Antipolo.

“The construction industry is the prime mover of economic development. From 2011-2013, the industry has been a major source of foreign exchange in the country. We are glad to have our partnership with you—AiTECH to produce competent professionals.We are looking forward to a productive working relationship with you, together with the CMDF Board, management and staff.” concluded Undersecretary Reyes before the MOU signing proper. (END)