The Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) of the province of Negros Occidental launched the Caduha-an agro-tourism and livelihood development project in Sitio Aluyan, Brgy. Caduha-an, Cadiz City recently.
The project includes the Organic Agriculture Production NC II training that will be funded under the Training for Work Scholarship Program of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, the lead agency of PRLEC.
The training of 25 agrarian reform beneficiaries from the barangay will run for 29 days, or until August 2, with the Tesda Provincial Training Center-Cadiz as the training provider.
Scholarship benefits include free training cost, free assessment, internet allowance, one-year accident insurance, health/personal protective equipment allowance and training support fund/allowance of P160 per day, a press release from Tesda said.
Caduha-an Barangay Captain Joebert Javier lauded Tesda for its continuing effort to serve those at the grassroots level despite the challenges and risks brought on the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said that Caduha-an is grateful to be one of the recipient barangays of the program. “This training on organic agriculture production is very timely since the barangay is now positioning to become an agri-tourism site,” he added.
Tesda 6 regional director Jerry Tizon emphasized that PRLEC is a convergence program of all government agencies, and not by Tesda alone.
“To our partner agencies, we need to work together in order to achieve the goal of the PRLEC towards poverty reduction and in addressing the needs of people in conflict-affected community,” he added.
Tizon assured the City Government of Cadiz and Brgy. Caduha-an of Tesda’s continuous support and interventions to help the barangay attain its goal of becoming the next agro-tourism destination in the province of Negros Occidental, the press release said.
Executive assistant Eduardo Javier, who represented Mayor Salvador Escalante of Cadiz, thanked the efforts of the PRLEC, and said that Escalante is looking forward to more TVET program implementation in the City.
Tesda acting provincial director Romelia Nuezca said the skills training on OAP NC II is only the first intervention to be given by the Cluster. “There are still other government agencies that already pledged their support to this project,” she said.
Trade and Industry development specialist Engiemar Tupas, Shalimar Jane Tabuena of the Department of Interior and Local Government, and Lt. Colonel J-Jay Javines of the 79th Infantry Battalion also expressed the support and commitment of their agencies to the program, the press release said.
The launching was also attended by Tesda PTC-Cadiz acting administrator Erwin Ballesteros, PTC-Kabankalan administrator Ernesto Duremdes, and officials of Caduha-an.
Those in attendance also signed the pledge of support and cooperation as a manifestation of their support to the Caduha-an Agro-Tourism and Livelihood Development Project, the press release added.*