BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Eighty-eight TESDA scholars of the 2020 Special Training for Employment Program of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in EB Magalona and Murcia, Negros Occidental, have received starter toolkits from Rep. Jose Francisco Benitez following recent completion of their training.
The congressional office of Benitez partnered with TESDA to facilitate the conduct of community-based specialty training programs to promote livelihood and employment opportunities for the underprivileged and most needy and the displaced workers in the Metro 3rd barangays.
Acting Provincial TESDA Director Romelia Nuezca lauded Benitez for the support and participation of all cities and municipalities of the Third District, enabling them to teach and provide skills to many beneficiaries especially during the time of the pandemic.
The turn-over program, which was held at the EB Magalona public plaza gathered the beneficiaries from Victorias City, with 45 beneficiaries trained in the production of organic fertilizer, as well as concoctions and extracts.
Ten Talisay residents trained on cookery, while 13 beneficiaries in EB Magalona underwent Shielded Metal Arc Welding training, and 20 Murcia residents trained for organic agriculture production.
All the trainees were given free training, completed competency assessment and were provided a daily allowance of P150 per day for the duration of the program.
The tool kits consisted of equipment and aids to start a project – cooking utensils and gadgets for cookery; portable welding machine, angle grinder, welding helmet for welding; knapsack sprayer, weighing scale, shovel, sprinkler, wheelbarrow for organic agriculture.
Twenty-five beneficiaries of Silay City who completed the dressmaking training, are waiting for the schedule of turn-over of starter toolkits.*