By Alex Lumaque
ROXAS CITY, Capiz – Seventy – five scholars of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Brgy. Mahunodhunod in Cuartero town received “darag chicken” and toolkits, Aug. 13, in a ceremonial turnover and distribution of livelihood assistance.
“With jobs and people’s employability, it will substantially address the problems of poverty. The commitment of TESDA with my colleagues in PRLECm, through sustainable programs, is to help our communities not just get past poverty but cross the threshold and remain out of it,” said TESDA-Capiz provincial director Engr. Glenn Murphy.
He also stressed the essential role of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in improving the well-being of the beneficiaries and communities to increase productivity and empower individuals to be self-reliant.
PRLEC is Poverty Reduction and Livelihood Employment Cluster composed of various member agencies that is being led by TESDA under the whole-of-nation approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict as embodied in Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte’s Executive Order No. 70 or the Whole of Nation Approach.
The beneficiaries are also graduates of the free training under the qualification Carpentry NC II and Organic Agriculture Production (OAP) NC II.
Each pair of the two batches of OAP NC II and Carpentry NC II graduates under the Training for Work Scholarship Program received two roosters, eight hens and a sack of feeds while another batch of Carpentry NC II under the Special Training for Employment Program (STEP) Scholarship funded by Sen. Vicente Sotto III received starter toolkits aside from free training and assessment, daily allowance and an entrepreneurial seminar.
Murphy and Provincial Training Center – Capiz administrator Teresita Onaza led the PRLEC activity that was also graced by some cluster member agencies and Cuartero municipal government as well as Mahunodhunod officials.
Mahunodhunod,along with Carataya, San Antonio and Putian in the municipality are the Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP) barangays and are recipients of P80 million assistance under the Support to the Barangay Development Program (SBDP) of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).
The amount will be used to finally address insurgency by bringing the needed sustainable solutions, peace – building initiatives and basic services to communities. (PIA)