PINUKPUK, Kalinga, Nov. 14 (PIA) - - Seventy-five residents including drug surrenderers in a remote village here gained new skills thru the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
Artemio Jose Jr., Provincial Training Center (PTC) head, said 50 drug-surrenderers in Ammacian, this town completed their training on masonry and driving with 25 trainees each .
Another 25 individuals from barangays Balantoy in Balbalan were also trained on masonry.
"Conducting training to drug surrenderers help them reform and to become productive citizens. Bringing training to the grassroots for interested constituents including dependents, relatives and barrio-mates of rebels also serve as invitation for NPA members to come down join the mainstream society and obtain skills to start livelihood and earn a living," Jose Jr. explained.
"The training intervention conducted form part of TESDA's contribution to the "Whole of Nation Approach" of ending local communist armed conflict in the country, he added. Both barangays are NPA- affected villages.
In another development, Rex Laguinday of Pinukpuk Vocational School who represented the Cordillera Administrative Region in the Luzon Zonal Skills Competition won silver on cabinet making.(JDP/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga)