Initial City-DSWD skills training program employs 236 IDPs PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 22 August 2016 13:50

The skills training and employment facilitation service program initiated by the City Government and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in partnership with the Our Lady of Triumph Institute in Ozamis City has so far employed 236 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Manila, in the city and even abroad.

Of the 236 IDPs now employed, 180 IDPs, composing the second batch of beneficiaries, graduated from the training program in Ozamiz City last August 12. Just like the first batch, the IDPs in the second batch were hired by big construction firms in Manila under Phoenix Garuda Contracting Agency after graduation.

Ten (10) selected trainees, under the second batch, were deployed to Manila prior to graduation rites, to attend a training on new technology operation while already hired by their employers.

The skills training program with employment facilitation services is one of the durable solutions under the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R) aimed to uplift the economic plight of families who were displaced by the 2013 siege.

The training, which covers a total of 25 days, is focused on carpentry and masonry for males and housekeeping for females.

During graduation ceremonies, the City Government likewise subsidizes the travel expenses to Ozamis City including the grant of subsistence allowance of immediate relatives of the IDP-trainees as a way of encouraging moral support as well as for family bonding.

Gracing the graduation ceremony in Ozamis City last August 12 were Social Welfare Undersecretary Fe Templa, DSWD Assistant Regional Director Consejo Usman, City Social Welfare Officer Socorro Rojas, CSWDO-PESO Coordinator Lourdes Francisco, OLT President and Chairman and other officials from Region 10.

All in all, the first two batches of the training program produced 236 graduates, most of which are now employed in Manila while 15 housekeeping graduates are hired by local employers while the others are processing their documents for work overseas.

The third batch of trainees, composed of 297 IDPs is set to undergo training in Ozamis City late this month. Of the total number, 162 will take the masonry and carpentry training while 135 will undergo the housekeeping training. — Sheila Covarrubias