Nine skills training programs that are sponsored by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and LGU-Tacurong culminated on Feb. 26, 2013 with 312 graduates.

These trainings, conducted in November 2012-February 2013, were offered for free to interested individuals, especially to unemployed adults and out-of-school youths. Fifty-six individuals graduated in Electrical Installation and Maintenance; 45 in Shielded Metal Arc Welding; 36 in Driving; 16 in Hollow Blocks Making and Tile Setting; 23 in Souvenir Making; 37 in Massage Therapy; 76 in Hair Science and Beauty Culture; and 23 in Dressmaking.

“Sa massage training nga ini, nakalibre kami sang 17 thousand nga [training] fee. Amo nga kinahanglan guid namon gamiton sa maayo ang tanan namon nga natun-an,” said Noema Mañego, a massage therapy graduate.

LGU-Tacurong headed by Mayor Lina O. Montilla assures the graduates of continued support as they venture for jobs and/or start their own business.

TESDA-Sultan Kudarat OIC-Provincial Director Reynaldo Bernal also shared that the agency will continue assisting the LGU to empower Tacurongnons with necessary skills for livelihood and employment.

Among the partners in the conduct of the said skills trainings were: DOST, DOLE, Notre Dame of Tacurong College, Tacurong City Police Station, Sultan Kudarat State University-Tacurong Campus, 601st Brigade-Philippine Army, Task Force Talakudong, Tacurong Pilot Elementary School, Association of Barangay Councils, and members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod. The trainings were managed by the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO).

Hon. Psyche Sucaldito-Chair of SP Committee on Social Services, and Hon. Rodrigo Jamorabon-Chair of SP Committee on Livelihood challenged the graduates to help the LGU in identifying more individuals that can benefit the project.

Meanwhile, the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) under the LGU also facilitated the registration of said graduates to the Skills Registry System (SRS) of the Department of Labor and Employment. SRS serves as repository of skilled workers’ data that could be accessed by employers or recruitment agencies that are in search of workers in a particular area.


Jezereel Louise C. Billano