TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Aug. 14 (PIA) -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), led by its Provincial Director Rey Cueva, has expressed its commitment to extend the agency's services to the Former Rebels (FRs) through the conduct of skills training during the recent "pulong-pulong" (dialogue) conducted on Aug. 6, 2019 in Barangay Janipaan, San Agustin town, this province.
According to Lee Escobal of TESDA, the event, which was spearheaded by TESDA in collaboration with the 3rd Special Forces Battalion, 7th Special Forces Company, and the Barangay Council of Janipaan, San Agustin headed by Barangay Captain Fidel Resare, sought to facilitate the FRs who desire to live normally in the mainstream society.
During the dialogue, the skills training and livelihood program were some of the programs they have identified.
TESDA spearheads a dialogue with the former rebels and local residents of Barangay Janipaan, San Agustin, Surigao del Sur. (Photo credit to: TESDA)
Specifically, the participants and residents identified the following livelihood opportunies: Native Chicken Production, Food Processing, Mushroom Production, Abaca Production, Abaca Handicraft Processing, and Driving.
A display center along the national highway for the locals to highlight their products was also suggested.
It was learned that on July 24, 2019, a training on Small Engine Repair and Maintenance was already conducted to the said community. Twenty-five locals benefited the training, of which most of the participants were farmers and fishermen.
The said activity is part of the efforts of the government to address the local insurgency that affected the local economy, Escobal said.
"This is also in line with the directives of TESDA Director General Secretary Isidro "Sid" Lapena thru "TESDA Abot Lahat" program that aims to expand and strengthen its mandate and services to all, to reach out and serve new partners and clients with a clear objective, to transform and improve lives for the better," Escobal noted. (w/ a report from TESDA/PIA-Surigao del Sur)