Regional Manpower Training Center was created in 1977 under Republic Act No. 40 . It acquired a lot along P. Herrera Street in 1974 through a donation of the City of Batangas. In 1975, the building’s construction was started and supervised by Educational Development Projects Implementing Task Force (EDPITAF). The Center’s operation started on mid-1979 with Electric Arc Welding as the initial course offered. It was formally launched and inaugurated on June 27, 1980. It offered seven generic trade courses after formal launching. On August 25, 1994, Republic Act 7796 established Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and changed the center’s name to Regional Technical Education and Skills Development Center. By 2000, it was renamed Regional Training Center through a memorandum issued by the Director General Edicio G. Dela Torre. Today, it is now the home of several TVET manufacturing, construction, and metals and engineering courses with three language courses.
In line with the vision mission of the central office of TESDA, the following is RTC’s own:
CALABARZON’s leading center of excellence
In technical education and training
To produce competent skilled workers
With technical knowledge and proper work values
Through quality training programs
Relevant to the needs
Of local and international labor markets.
Gender and development training is incorporated on the basic competencies modules which are taught to RTC trainees to promote equality between men and women that leads to unleashing the economic potential of women which will undeniably result in economic growth being faster, more sustainable and, more inclusive.
RTC also follows the path of alleviating poverty by empowering marginalized incapacitated individuals to learn and to be useful in the Philippine society. Thus, aside from instilling technical knowledge in its students, the Center also molds future socially conscientious workers who would be pillars of nation-building.
Initiatives for authentic social development and nation-building abound throughout RTC. Among such programs, the Alay Lakad, sponsored by both the city and provincial government, is regularly joined by RTC Staff and Trainees to support government projects. RTC also envisions a greener Philippines through its active participation in numerous tree-planting projects. Staff and trainees alike are regular blood donors to the Red Cross. RTC also helps the preparation of public schools achieve high degrees of academic performance through cleaning its classrooms and premises in the Brigada Eskwela project. In addition, the RTC Team joins other sectors of society in helping desperate situations of victims of natural calamities by sending donations, both cash and kind, to calamity victims. The staff have of course been at hand as Yolanda volunteers.