The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, along with partner government offices, launched the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment project, dubbed “Barangayanihan Para sa Kauswagan sang Barangay Carabalan” in Himamaylan City on May 10.
Around 107 participants, including personnel from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and agrarian reform beneficiaries and their families attended the activity that complied with the guidelines and health protocols set by the Inter-Agency Task Force.
Tesda Negros Occidental acting provincial director Romelia Nuezca, in her message, said Brgy. Carabalan was identified as a recipient of the program due to its status as an insurgency-cleared barangay, based on the Department of Interior and Local Government.
Tesda 6 regional director Jerry Tizon emphasized that the program is part of the agency’s effort as chair of the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, created under Executive Order No. 70, to bring government services closer to the people and addressing problems contributing to insurgency, a press release from Tesda said.
Partner government offices, meanwhile, signed their pledge of support and cooperation in the implementation of the program.
The program, in partnership with Himamaylan City, Brgy. Carabalan, DILG, Department of Agrarian Reform, Philippine Army and its Engineering Battalion, and the Philippine Information Agency, aims to provide community-based training on Heavy Equipment Operation (bulldozer) NC II, and agri-related courses for ARBs in the barangay.
The training on HEO will start May 17 and will be implemented under the Tesda Training for Work Scholarship Program with the Regional Training Center-Talisay as training provider.
The 542 Engineer Construction Battalion will provide the heavy equipment to be used for the training.
Among the benefits include free training cost, free assessment, internet allowance, one-year accident insurance, health/personal protective equipment allowance, and training support fund/allowance of 160 per day.
Himamaylan City Mayor Raymund Tongson thanked the Tesda and its partners for the project, and he assured them of his support to development programs the agency will bring to the city.
He urged the beneficiaries to finish the training and get a national certificate from Tesda.
In her video recorded message, Rep. Lourdes Arroyo (Neg. Occ., 5th District) said she believed that the initiative of bringing each programs and services closer to the people, particularly in far flung areas and barangays with history of conflict, will help end insurgency in the country.
“Once and for all, let’s end this conflict. In pursuit of our country’s peace agenda, let us continue to help each one another. Let us work hand-in-hand and embrace each other so that there will be no additional casualties and so that we can achieve the peace that we have all hope and long for,” she said.
Mario Foldadero, one of the beneficiaries, lauded Tesda for this program that he considered a big help not just for himself but also for his community since residents of sitios Cabalungan, Florete, and Canagba-an are hoping to have passable roads.*