One hundred forty-nine tricycle drivers and out-of-school youth from different barangays of Tacurong City are beneficiaries of the free skills training on Motorcycle/Small Engine Servicing NCII organized by the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tacurong and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Said beneficiaries attended the orientation program conducted by the LGU on March 31, 2015 at the city gymnasium.

Budget for the said training is funded by the national government through the Bottom-Up Budgeting (formerly known as Grassroots Participatory Budgeting) program.

The budget for the training, downloaded to TESDA by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) will be used by the former to pay for the training expenses amounting to more than P5 thousand per enrollee. TESDA identified Centerpoint College of Arts and Sciences as the training center since it is the only school in the city offering Small Engine Servicing.

TESDA Provincial Director Reynaldo Bernal said that the training is the first BUB-funded project to be implemented in the Province of Sultan Kudarat.

City Local Government Operations Officer Alberto Sero, Jr. was also happy to note that Tacurong is one of the earliest LGUs in Region XII to implement projects under the 2015 BUB programs.

Apart from the free training, the beneficiaries od the training will also receive more than P1, 400 allowance that they will receive from the city government upon completion of the training program. They will also receive free set of tools that they can use to start their own economic enterprise.

LGU’s Community Training and Employment Coordinator Josephine Ubaldo said that the allowance and toolkit that will be received by the beneficiaries serve as counterpart of the LGU in the implementation of this project.

In her message during the orientation, Mayor Lina Montilla urged the beneficiaries to take the training seriously since they are few of the many who aspire to avail of the same opportunity.

“With the free training and set of tools that will be given to you, there is no reason that you could not start your own income-generating projects”, Mayor Montilla told the beneficiaries.

Meanwhile, Sanggunian Committee on Livelihood Chairman Rodrigo Jamorabon, who also is the chair of the Committee on Peace and Order, said that most of the tricycle drivers who are beneficiaries of this project were also able to attend the Target Hardening Seminar that have been conducted by the PNP.

Jamorabon said that with the assistance given to them by the government in terms of training and livelihood, he is optimistic that the drivers would be more inspired to cooperate with the government in ensuring the safety of the community. (LGU Tacurong City Information)