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TESDA to upskill AFP, PNP officers in Iligan City

ILIGAN CITY, Aug. 7 (PIA) – To address the challenge of not having enough trainers to reach far-flung communities, the Technical Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) in Lanao del Norte is set to provide free skills training to police and military officers here.

The first batch of participants for the training of trainers coming from the 4th Mechanized Infantry Battalion, 554th Engineer Battalion, Iligan City Police Office (ICPO), and residents of Balay Silangan Reformatory was welcomed in the Regional Training Center (RTC) Iligan by TESDA Mindanao Cluster Head Director Lorenzo Macapili, TESDA Region 10 Director Tarhata Mapandi, TESDA Lanao del Norte Provincial Director Noralaine Rasul, and RTC Iligan OIC Administrator  Mario Labisig along with key government officials on Thursday, August 6.

Macapili said the training program is in line with the memorandum of agreement (MOA) inked by TESDA with the Department of National Defense (DND) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Under the MOA, TESDA will provide free skills training, assessment, and issue certifications to qualified DND and PNP personnel who have undergone skills training and Trainers Methodology Course. 

The trained personnel, on the other hand, will help TESDA in training and empowering former rebels, Indigenous People (IPs), and other members of remote communities.

Macapili emphasized that the training of trainers is a strategy to equip members of the PNP and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) so that they could help TESDA and other national line agencies in the implementation of Executive Order 70 which institutionalizes a ‘whole-of-nation’ approach in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace.

Meanwhile, Iligan City Administrator Ret. Gen. Leony Roy Ga who represented Mayor Celso Regencia during the ceremonial program expressed gratitude to TESDA for accomodating the residents of Balay Silangan. 

“LGU Iligan fully supports and commits to all the programs and endeavors of TESDA and we hope that this will become an opportunity for us to improve our partnership in delivering services to the community particularly the residents of Iligan City,” he said.

LtCol. Arniel Catarata, Deputy City Director of ICPO, also thanked the TESDA for extending the training to their men. “They will have upliftment of their skills and surely these skills will be used in doing public service while still in the police duties,” he said. 

“We would like to thank you for the talent, expertise, and time that you would impart to our troops because these skills will help us. Makakasa po kayo sa unit namin na makakatulong kami sa inyo after nitong mga training,” added 1Lt Christian Emmanuel Bullanday of the 554th Engineer Battalion.

The AFP, ICPO and Balay Silangan training participants will undergo training on  Electrical Installation and Maintenance NC II, Plumbing NC II, Organic Agriculture Production NC II, and Pipefitting NC II. (APB/PIA ICIC) 

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