Forty out-of-school youths (OSYs) of the City of Tacurong under the Cash for Training Program (C4TP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) passed the assessment for Commercial Cooking-National Certificate Level II (NC II) and Housekeeping-NC II.
Of the 40 OSYs, 21 were trained on Housekeeping NCII while 19 were trained on Commercial Cooking NCII. They were conferred as graduates of the C4TP on May 20, 2013.
The Housekeeping course is under C4TP’s wage-employment (trabaho) component, while Commercial Cooking is under the project’s self-employment (hanapbuhay) component. Each graduate received P20,000 assistance which included tuition/training fees, allowance, and cooking tool kits for those who chose the self-employment component. Each tool kit received by a graduate is worth P6,000.00.
DSWD partnered with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the City Government of Tacurong in conducting the said training for the city’s youth. The graduates were trained for 436 hours by the Sultan Kudarat Educational Institution (SKEI), a TESDA-accredited school in the city.
TESDA Regional Director Zeus Ampuyas and TESDA OIC-Provincial Director Reynaldo Bernal personally congratulated the graduates. They also expressed their intent to work with the City Government of Tacurong for more programs that will empower disadvantaged youths and unemployed individuals.
“Indi guid ninyo pagsayangon ang chance nga ini..nga ginatabangan ta sang TESDA kag DSWD. Also, you are rest assured that blessings like this will keep coming in the city,” said Mayor Lina Montilla. A 5-million livelihood program will soon be implemented in the city, with other towns to also benefit. Mayor Montilla also thanked the City Social Welfare and Development Office for encouraging participants to pursue their courses.
Moreover, Councilor Rodrigo Jamorabon posed a challenge to the graduates.  Nalipay kami nga naka-graduate na kamo pero mas malipay  kami kung makita na namon kamo nga ginagamit ang mga natun-an nyo..I believe you will make a difference in your family..by then, we will know that the investment on each of you is really worth it.”
JezereelBillano (LGU Information)