ILIGAN CITY, Aug. 25 (PIA)–The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) jumpstarts its ‘Training of Trainers’ program Monday here through its Regional Training Center (RTC) to address the need for trainers in far-flung areas in the province of Lanao del Norte and Iligan City.
TESDA aims to provide skills training more conveniently for indigenous people, former rebels, and the less fortunate living in remote areas through the troops from the Philippine Army (PA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).
This partnership has been sealed by a memorandum of agreement signed by TESDA Secretary Isidro S. Lapena and the Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana last May 15, 2020.
Mario S. Labisig, officer-in-charge center administrator of TESDA-RTC Iligan, said this is just one of three stages before the police and military troops will be officially deployed as trainers.
“After the completion of their National Certificate II (NCII) training, they will get their Trainer’s Methodology Certificate Level 1 (TMC), then the National TVET Trainer’s Certificate (NTTC), pwede an agad silang i-tap ng TESDA to become trainers,” Labisig elaborated.
Labisig said all the phases of the training can be completed in more or less 70 days.
Labisig also called for the core beneficiaries to approach TESDA according to their needs.
“Sana makipag-cooperate sila sa TESDA para mabigyan namin sila ng naaayon na training para sa pangkabuhayan nila, he added.
[We hope that they (the beneficiaries) will cooperate with TESDA for us to give the appropriate training that they need for their livelihood.]
The Iligan City Police Office (ICPO) and the 554th Engineer Battalion also take part in the training. Both teams will undergo electrical installation, photovoltaic system installation and plumbing. While women from the 55th Engineer Brigade will be trained in driving.
The 42nd Mechanized Infantry “Dahunog” Company will enhance their skills in organic agriculture production based on the community assessment they conducted weeks before TESDA launched the program.
1Lt Wynchelle Oamil, Dahunog company commander, expressed their willingness to extend their responsibilities in serving the country, especially if it is in a way of alleviating the lives of the people living in the outskirts of the province.
“We are willing to help them to develop and then siyempre, not only for peace but then sabi nga namin, i-aahon din namin sila sa kahirapan sa abot ng makakaya lang din ng tropa namin,” Oamil stressed.
[We are willing to help them to develop (economically), not only for peace but like what we always say, we will help them in making their lives more comfortable as far as our troops could do.]
She also said this program aims to train more trainers so that more people will also be trained in return.
“Gusto namin matuto ng organic farming, kasi gusto namin i-share sa mga tao dito sa nasasakupan namin. May mga areas kasi dito na malalayo na nagfa-farming din sila, but then hindi pa sapat yung kaalaman nila sa pagsasaka, kaya andito kami,” Oamil added.
[We wanted to learn about organic farming and share this knowledge with the people in our area of responsibility. They are also farming, but their knowledge is not substantial enough, that’s why we’re here.] (CLGV/PIA-ICIC)