The Association of Lanao Technical Institutions (ALTI) recently conducted ALTI Skills Olympics with the theme: ALTI… “Producing Skills for Global Workforce” last September 18-19, 2012 at the Iligan City Public Plaza.
ALTI Skills Olympics 2012 is the second competition organized by the association which began last year. The two-day competition is part of the city’s month-long fiesta celebration. It aims to showcase the skills of students from different technical-vocational institutions such as Samson Technological Institute (STI), St. Laurence Institute of Technology Inc. (SLIT), Picardal Institute of Science and Technology (PIST), Saint Michael’s College (SMC), Iligan Computer Institute (ICI), St. Peter’s College (SPC), Mindanao Sanitarium & Hospital College (MSHC), Masters Technological Institute of Mindanao (MTIM), and many more.
Day 1 started with a 2k Fun Run from Buhanginan Hills in Pala-o, Iligan City all the way to the city plaza where participants and spectators have excitedly gathered to witness the competitions and displays of different participating schools.
The program commenced formally with a doxology from the MSH choir. Moments later, ICI President and ALTI President, Mr. Ladislao Tabanao Jr. stepped to the stage for his welcome address. With enthusiasm and a little bit of humor, he welcomed everyone and shared his thoughts of the event. Thereafter, Technopreneurship Booths were opened for everyone’s amusement.
Subsequently, TESDA Reg. X OIC-Regional Director, Edgar A. Sales gave a short yet inspiring message. He pointed the importance of technical-vocational schools in developing skills to produce competent Filipino workers. After his message, ICTI-PC President, Ms. Jeniffer P. Densing acknowledged the delegates. She thanked them for sharing their time with them despite of their busy schedules. Then, Iligan City Mayor, Hon. Lawrence Ll. Cruz took his part of delivering a message of thanks and appreciation. Afterwards, ALTI Skills Olympics 2012 Over-all Chairman, Ms. Christy A. Raterta announced the activities and venue.
At 1:00 PM, competitions like Welding, Auto Servicing, Electronics, Electrical Installation & Maintenance, Web Design and IT Software Application commenced with two of the competitions held at the plaza itself.
Day 2 was an even greater day. Competitions like Graphic Design, Info Network Cabling, Cooking, Restaurant Service, and EIM attracted more people who wanted to watch, partake and cheer for their participating classmates and friends. At 1:00 – 3:00 in the afternoon, exhibits for Mechatronics and 3D Animation were introduced to everyone who was there, giving more life to the event. Next was Larong Pinoy (Filipino Games) wherein random people who wanted to win prizes and of course, to have fun joined. At 5:00 PM, winners of the competitions were announced to everyone. Deserving winners stepped to the stage to accept their prizes.
This year’s ALTI Skills Olympics was a great success. The event not only proved how great Filipinos are, it also showed how well technical educators can drive an individual to develop his/her skills in any kind of field and ultimately become a competent Filipino worker.