TVET Program Registration of EPDLC-NC II was issued to STAC on 29th December 2015. STAC was an assessment center first before it catered to TESDA scholarships on Electric Power Distribution Line Construction


SURSECO-I, in partnership with the Technical Education & Skills Development Authority (TESDA), established the training center which is acknowledged as the first Accredited Training Center in Mindanao, and perhaps in the country, for EIM-NCII and EPDLC-NCII. Since 2008, SURSECO-I has accorded trainings to hundreds of outof-school youths, meter readers, barangay electricians, and other interested power concessionaires including EC associates from other parts of the Region.

To further accommodate the increasing students and trainees every year, the Coop passed BOD Resolution 71 s. 2017 for the construction of the 143.37 sq. meter SURSECO – I - TESDA Training and Assessment Center (STAC) building with an allocated cost of Php 1,785,989.68. Gracefully standing on the ground of SURSECO-I Compound, the STAC unceasingly generates highly-qualified human resource to the community with 684 and 98 competent graduates in EIM-NCII and EPDLC-NCII, respectively, as of to date. Its training and assessment offerings have reached national level as qualified assessors and trainers of the Center were requested and sent to various institutions and sister Cooperatives for the said services.


Twenty-five (25) trainees of EIM NCII - STEP Batch 4 and twenty-five (25) trainees of EIM NC II - TWSP Batch 14 were officially confirmed by TESDA as graduates during STAC’s Commencement Exercises on 11 September 2019 at NIC Building, Mangagoy, Bislig City. The ceremony was led by Mr. Lee M. Escobal, the TESD Specialist I of the TESDA Surigao del Sur Provincial Office.

In addition, twenty-five (25) linemen and one (1) linewoman of the Cotabato Electric Cooperative (COTELCO) were also declared graduates of the Electric Power Distribution Line Construction (EPDLC) NC II qualification on 25 October 2019 at Matalam, Cotabato during the Graduation Ceremony attended by TESDA and Engr. Diosdado M. Flores III of STAC, as their trainer.

On 18 January 2019, the EIM NC II – STEP Batch 3 graduates of STAC received their starter tool kits from Cong. Johnny T. Pimentel through the TESDA-Surigao del Sur Provincial Office. The free tools and equipment distributed to STEP graduates are of huge help to them as they put their new skills into practice and generate a sustainable income for their family.


SURSECO-I, through its Training and Assessment Center, has always been a dedicated and supportive industry partner of the Department of Education (DepEd) in the implementation of the Work Immersion Program for Senior High School Students since the inception of the K-12 urriculum. STAC has specifically designed its Work Immersion Program for SHS Students taking up EIM NC II through the house wiring activities of the Cooperative for its electrification projects. STAC seeks to maximize the work experience of the Immersionists and ensure relevant learnings for their skills development.

In 2019, STAC catered to the work immersion needs of 48 SHS students from Bislig City National High School (BCNHS), 41 SHS students from Tabon Maximino Estrella National High School (TMENHS), and 35 SHS students from Tagbina National High School (TNHS).


To help realize STAC’s mission of providing effective training and ensuring proficiency in competency assessment, it has augmented its number of trainers and competency assessors through the enrollment of Engr. Calvin S. Balatero and Mr. Richard E. Linog, RME to a training on Trainers Methodology Level I (TM1) at the Agusan del Sur School of Arts and Trades (ASSAT) in Patin-ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.


The year 2020 has been a very challenging time for everyone and for the SURSECO-I Training and Assessment Center (STAC) because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before the general community quarantine and lockdowns were implemented nationwide, STAC spent its first quarter of the year providing competency assessment service for the Electrical Installation and Maintenance (EIM) NC II qualification. Thirty-eight (38) Senior High School students of the Tabon Maximino Estrella National Highschool took the evaluation on 3-7 March 2020 and thirty (30) Senior High School students of the Bislig City National High School and two (2) walk-ins on 11-14 March 2020.

The Competency Assessment was successfully conducted by Mr. Solderio A. Lugsanay, STAC’s in-house competency assessor with the presence of TESDA Representative, Mr. Elias M. Ote.


As STAC embraces the challenges of the new normal, its 2020 experience was highlighted by its participation in TESDA’s first-ever Inter-Regional Virtual Compliance Audit. STAC was among the first batch of TVI’s in CARAGA region to be virtually audited by the TESDA BARMM on 17-18 August 2020.

A Team of BARMM Auditors composed of Abdulmubin S. Madisa (R.O UTPRAS Focal), Rasul K. Datukali (P.O CACS Focal) and Dhenhar S. Aming (Lead Auditor), scrutinized the accreditation documents, assessment documents and evidences as well as the equipment and tools for the Electrical Installation and Maintenance (EIM) NC II and Electric Power Distribution Line Construction (EPDLC) NC II qualifications of STAC.

The STAC Management takes pride when the BARMM Audit Team declared both qualifications of STAC compliant to the requirements, standards and regulations of TESDA for assessment centers. With the guidance from the TESDA SurSur Provincial Director, PD Julius Sol O. Jamero, and TESDA CARAGA CACS Shepherd Director, PD Lorenzo Emanuel L. Guillermo, and the invaluable assistance from TESDA Surigao del Sur Province Focals, STAC was able to hurdle this milestone proving the dedication and quality service that STAC provides for the community.

On 10 October 2020, STAC formally expressed its intention to TESDA SurSur Provincial Office that it will not yet engage in skills training and assessment activities until the end of the year due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in the City of Bislig where STAC is located.