November 21-25, 2022, Marikina City – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) through the “Cold Chain Innovation Hub conducted a training and write shop to develop the Competency-Based Learning Module (CBLM) on the Safe Operation and Maintenance of Ammonia-based Industrial Refrigeration Systems at the TESDA National Capital Region office.
The workshop resulted to the first Competency-Based Curriculum/Module of Instruction on Ammonia-based Refrigeration System Servicing. It was participated by key experts and TESDA trainers from various regions.
TESDA is an implementing partner of the Global Partnership for Improving the Food Cold Chain in the Philippines project which seeks to identify, develop and stimulate the development of low-carbon, energy efficient refrigeration innovation technologies and business practices in the Philippines for use throughout the food cold chain whilst increasing food safety and security. Ammonia is highly recommended as a refrigerant for industrial refrigeration due to its zero ozone-depleting substance (ODS) and Global Warming Potential (GWP). Most cold storage warehouses in the country run on ammonia yet a certification course for technicians has yet to be implemented. This exercise is a step towards that direction.
“The developed Competency-Based Learning Materials for Ammonia-Based Refrigeration System when it is validated by the industry sector, promulgated and deployed to training institution to be used in the conduct of training will be a great help to individuals who wish to be in the field of Refrigeration to enhance their knowledge, skills. They will become competent and able to perform to the highest level of mastery, develop precision/ accuracy in their job and perform as per industry standards and later on will improve their employment status”, said Engr. Arturo Ganalon from TESDA Regional Training Center I.
The learning materials and modules developed from this exercise will be used by TESDA to roll out certification courses for technicians in the coming months.
National Policy and Regulations Coordinator
Global Partnership for Food Cold Chain in the Philippines Project