71 IDPs complete skills training; off to Manila for employment PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 11:46

Seventy-one internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Zamboanga City successfully completed their 25-day skills training on masonry and carpentry at the Our Lady of Triumph Institute of Technology Inc. in Ozamis City, Monday, July 11.

The group will be deployed to Manila Wednesday, July 13 for employment in a construction project for the Manila Bay Resort, the biggest casino in the country today.

Facilitated jointly by the City Government and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the skills training program includes employment facilitation services.

The deployment of the first batch of trained IDPs to Manila was formalized through a ceremonial signing of employment contracts for projects in Manila under Phoenix.

The second batch of IDP-trainees, coming from the different transitory sites will start their training on Monday, July 18.

City Social Welfare and Development Officer Socorro Rojas and staff Lourdes Francisco, DSWD-9 Assistant Director Consejo Usman and other officials attended the graduation ceremony of the first batch of IDP-trainees in Ozamis City.

Some 550 people affected by the 2013 siege are targeted for the training program based on a memorandum of agreement forged by the DSWD, LGU and the OLT. The skills training covers various fields with guaranteed employment opportunities after the 25-day training.

Under the MOA, the DSWD will provide the funding for the 6-month program (June to December), the CSWDO will identify and assess the beneficiaries while the Lady of Triumph Institute will be the training agency and facilitate employment either locally or abroad. — Sheila Covarrubias