jan24After almost a year of being utilized initially intended for last year’s series of two-week Skills Training Program on high-speed sewing, Metro Wear Inc., the largest and leading garment manufacturer of world-renowned sportswear and outerwear brands based in Mactan Export Processing Zone (MEPZ) 1, decided to donate the 30 units of high-speed industrial sewing machines to Dalaguete’s Skills Training and Resource (STAR) Center this morning, January 24, 2011, at the Dalaguete Sports and Cultural Complex.

Metro Wear’s HR and Planning Manager Kim Francisco and Archie Bonus, training manager were present and LGU-Dalagute was spearheaded by Mayor Ronald Allan G. Cesante in the forefront of the beneficiary, along with Vice Mayor Jeffrey B. Belciña, councilors John Retz B. Osorio and Eriberto C. Bentazal, and STAR Center Executive Director Patrocinio C. Gamboa.  The turn-over was witnessed by the Municipal Government of Dalaguete’s department heads and 21st batch students of STAR Center that included 21 from the Dressmaking course.

These units were brought in town last March 2011 to be used for the Metro Wear’s training program that ran until July.  Courtesy of that last year’s program, 104 trainees from the town have already been employed in Metro Wear Inc. and in its sister companies which are also based in MEPZ 1 - Global Wear Manufacturing, Inc., Feeder Apparel Corporation, and Mactan Apparels, Inc..  These companies are all under supervision of their mother company, Sports City International Inc., which is based in Taipei, Taiwan.

Among Metro Wear’s local government partners of their expansion programs, Dalaguete have been the greatest contributor of ready-skilled workers according to Kim Francisco.

Hopefully by June of this year, phase 1 of the already-started construction of the STAR Center Building will be finished to accommodate the 22nd batch of STAR Center students, said Mayor Cesante, and even planned of naming the area allocated for Dressmaking students as the “Metro Wear Center” to pay tribute for the company’s significant contributions to Dalaguete.

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