KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, July 3 (PIA) - At least 100 households in one of the hardest sitios in Lake Sebu town will soon have electricity through a skills training from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
During the launching of Project IPEACE (Indigenous Peoples Empowered as Agripreneurs Towards a Collective End), TESDA 12 also announced the implementation of Project TALA, which stands for "TESDA Alay ay Liwanag at Asenso," in Barangay Ned, Lake Sebu.
"The primary purpose of this project is to immediately address the need for basic services for electricity and lighting, especially in sitios and communities that have not yet energized. Electricity is one basic services that these communities should have already received," TESDA 12 Regional Director Rafael Abrogar III, said.
An initiative of TESDA regional office, Project TALA will be piloted in Sitio Blit of Barangay Ned.
Sitio Blit, according to village chairwoman Nida Paranaque, is one of the hardest-to-reach subvillages of Barangay Ned.
Ned consists of 52 sitios spread in a total land area of about 42,000 hectares.
Abrogar explained that through Project TALA, TESDA will train 100 individuals representing same number of households on photovoltaic system installation. Integrated in the training is practical application of the skills the beneficiaries leaned by installing solar light systems in their respective houses.
For the training, TESDA 12 will deploy trainors who will stay at Sitio Blit for the entire duration of the training, which will take at least 15 days.
Bienvenido Solano Jr., administrator of Provisional Provincial Training Center, said the TESDA will shoulder all costs for the entire course and will provide the tools and materials necessary for learning the skills and the actual installation of the phovoltaic lighting system.
Solano added that the trainees will be given P160 allowance for each day of training.
All tools used in the craft they will learn will be given free to the beneficiaries, which could kickstart another livelihood, that is, installation of photovolltaic systems in houses of their neighbors and clients from nearby villages, he added.
Director Abrogar told Philippine Information Agency that Secretary Isidro Lapena has already approved the project.
"We are only waiting for the release of funds. Anytime, we will implement the project," Director Abrogar said.
During the consultative meeting at Sitio Kibang on Wednesday afternoon several sitio leaders have requested TESDA 12 officials to also consider their areas for the Project TALA.
In response to the project announcement, Lake Sebu Mayor Floro Gandam said Project TALA is a welcome development for the municipal government.
"Talking about electrification, the municipal government cannot do this on our own. So, TESDA's help to install solar lights in our barangays, especially the most remote areas, is much welcome," Mayor Gandam said. (DED-PIA-XII)