MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon, October 9 — The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) launched on Monday, October 7, four more training centers in Bukidnon, bringing to 51 the number of Skills Training Centers (STCs) operating all over the province.
TESDA provincial director Kotie R. Bax said the four newly constructed centers located in Cabanglasan, Impasugong, Lantapan, and Maramag towns were funded at P2.8 million each by the office of Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri.
Bax said the establishment of these STCs is one of the key components of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order No. 70 (EO 70) that institutionalizes a “whole-of-nation approach” to end local communist insurgency. The executive order created the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) that leads all government’s move to address the root causes of rebellion at the local level.
In one of the regional forums, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, President Duterte’s appointed CORDS (Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security) for Northern Mindanao, said “if we are going to battle for peace, we are going to battle for hunger, poverty, social inequality, and lack of insensitivity, among others and it requires collective action where good governance must be at its forefront.”
Hence, TESDA started implementing several interventions by launching skills trainings for the poor and other ‘special clients’ like rebel returnees, indigenous peoples (IPs), drug surrenderers, and others, Bax said.
“These skills training centers funded by the office of Senator Migz Zubiri is TESDA’s concrete contribution in response to President Duterte’s EO 70. As a member of NTF-ELCAC and as Chair of the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood, and Employment cluster, TESDA spearheads the skills development programs and activities that directly address the plight of the needy, especially the Indigenous Peoples (IPs), to prevent unrest and recruitment of insurgents in the countryside,” she said.
This effort also provides an avenue for people to become productive and active contributors to the economic development of the province, Bax said.
Records show that a total of 20 skills training centers were funded by Sen. Zubiri. Ten of these have been completed, while the remaining 10 are in 80 percent completion status.
Before these centers in four LGUs opened, TESDA already had 47 registered and accredited Technical Vocational Institutions (TVIs) and STCs—with 230 programs and courses—that reach out and serve communities, in partnership with local government units.
TESDA lauded Sen. Zubiri’s support which is crucial to the peace and development efforts of the province and the entire nation. (AMMadum, PIO-TESDA/ RLRB, PIA Bukidnon)
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