Sumailalim sa pagsasanay ang 115 engineering graduates na napili ng San Miguel Corporation mula sa iba’t ibang unibersidad sa bansa para sa commercial operations ng Mass Rail Transit (MRT-7) project sa 2025.
“MRT-7 promises to be a game-changer for the Philippine transportation landscape, and we are confident our young professionals will set new benchmarks in efficiency, safety, and service excellence,”wika ni SMC President at CEO Ramon S. Ang.
Ang mga bagong graduate na nagmula sa Polytechnic University of the Philippines’s (PUP) Railway Engineering Program ay nagsimula na ng training habang 40 cadets naman sa nag-top sa evaluation tests ang pinadala sa South Korea sa ilalim ng national railway operator na Korail, na partner ng SMC’s partner sa MRT-7 project.
“Investing in the growth, development and well-being of young local talents is part of our commitment to nation-building and ensuring our country’s long-term success and prosperity. We want to be able to provide them with the tools they need to enhance their competencies, prepare them for when the MRT-7 starts operating and eventually make meaningful contributions to the wider community. I am confident they will not only shine but also redefine standards,” wika ni Ang.
Lampas sa 500 aplikante ang sumailalim sa panel interviews at screening para sa programa. Kasama dito ang aptitude test para sa train operators at traffic controllers. Ang 115 na kandidato na nakapasa ay nagsimula ng training noong Marso.
Kinuha ng SMC ang KORAIL ng South Korea at ng Philippine Railway Institute (PRI) para magbigay ng malalim na kaalaman sa pagpapatakbo ng tren and maintenance for sa mga railway cadets, na magiging train operators at traffic controllers.
Nagsimula ang classroom lectures ng mga propesor ng KORAIL sa Maynila noong Mayo at pagkaraan ay 40 cadets ang pinadala sa Seoul para sa training sa pasilidad ng KORAIL.
Kasama sa mga kurso ang driving simulator, exposure to core technology for driving and operations, railway control systems, first aid and emergency, at familiarization with the railway depot.
Pitumpu’t lima namang cadets ang sumailalim sa mandatory Fundamental Training (FT) course ng PRI, rail transportation research at training center ng Department of Transportation.
Ang mga graduates ay magiging certified railway professionals such as train operators, traffic controllers, at maintenance personnel.
“I was about to give up looking for a job in the railway industry, and just search for a role in construction. But my elder sister encouraged me to continue to look for a job related to my field. While most railway projects are still in the construction phase, it is only MRT-7 which entertained applicants who are fresh graduates,” wika ni Jizelle Hasco na isa sa mga estudyante.
“You will have the privilege to learn from the best in the industry, acquire cutting-edge skills, and gain experience that will allow you to excel in your respective roles. I wish all of you to make the most of this opportunity,” sabi ni Ang sa mga cadets sa send-off papuntang Korea.
“This is not just a professional journey, but a personal one that will help shape your lives and careers. More importantly, your learnings and experiences will translate to actual benefits for our countrymen. I look forward to the day when you take the lead in serving millions of Filipino commuters,” dagdag pa niya.