TESDA and DSWD conducts livelihood skills training - Ayudahan Zamboanga PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 06 October 2013 00:00

I am glad to share the good news that TESDA (Technical Skills Development Authority)-Zamboanga is going out full blast in helping the people in evacuation centers .  With the full support of TESDA Sec. Joel Villanueva, this program is being coordinated with the DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) named, “Ayudahan Zamboanga,”  to help evacuees stand on their own.

Both government agencies (TESDA and DSWD) built a training center at the city’s biggest evacuation center located in Joaquin Enriquez Grandstand. A total of 200 people have been initially trained in massage, bead making, and hair cutting.  Other training programs will soon be offered such as meat processing, fish processing, vegetable processing and commercial cooking, according to the agreement signed during the meeting between DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman and TESDA-IX officer-in-charge regional director Lorenzo Macapili.

This conflict has created unfortunately a new enemy for the people—hunger and joblessness, and the size of the crisis is overwhelming. But while government intervention is present, it should be something that will not only make them survive the day, but will help them get back on their feet as well. "Sa TESDA, may choice ka," TESDA Sec. Villanueva believes.

My personal take on this – I suggest that the products that will be created from this training center will have world-class quality and attractive packaging to make them marketable and have invited beforehand prospective buyers. And for those who will have acquire new skills like carpentry, masonry, hair -cutting, massage, manicure and pedicure can find place of work or employers who will hire them.

By Dante Corteza

Through him the weak become strong (Isaiah 40:29 NIV) “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”