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TESDA –CAR allots P7.65M for skills trainings in 8 ELCAC brgys

By Carlito C. Dar / Philippine Information Agency

TESDA - CAR Regional Director Dante Navarro (center) leads TESDA provincial directors from Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga and Mountain Province in sharing their accomplishments and to provide updates on their scholarship programs, amid the COVID - 19 pandemic. (CCD/PIA CAR)

BAGUIO CITY – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority – Cordillera (TESDA – CAR), in support to the whole – of – nation approach to end local communist armed conflict, is bringing technical-vocational and skills development training and other programs to identified ELCAC barangays in the region.

TESDA–CAR Regional Director Dante Navarro, in a kapihan media forum here, reported that their office has allotted around P7.65 million for the skills training and livelihood programs for 445 target beneficiaries in eight ELCAC barangays in Kalinga, Mountain Province and Abra.

TESDA has “Project Kalinga, Kapwa Ko Lingkod Alay” in barangay Balabag in Rizal, Kalinga and Project ESEK (Environmental Sustainability and Ecological Kinetics ) in Tamboan in Besao, Mountain Province that are set to benefit a total of 145 members of indigenous people in the said communities.

Under the Retooled Community Support Program – Barangay Development Program (RCSP – BDP), 300 beneficiaries from barangays Buanao, Duldulao, Dulao and Bayabas in Malibcong and barangays Naguilian and Ud – Udao of Sallapadan in Abra are also set to benefit from various TVET trainings.

These trainings are on carpentry, masonry, organic agriculture production, animal production, bread and pastry, shielded metal arc welding, electrical installation and maintenance, motorcycle/small engine service and maintenance and entrepreneurship.

Similar programs are also set in pre - identified GIDAs (Geographically Isolated and Displaced Area) in the Cordillera provinces of Apayao, Benguet and Ifugao, Navarro added.

TESDA heads the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) of the Regional Task Force ELCAC.

Aside from the ELCAC barangays, Navarro also assured that TESDA – CAR will continue to bring in its training programs especially to those whose jobs or livelihoods are affected by the Coronavirus Disease (COVID – 19) pandemic utilizating flexible learning delivery and in close coordination with partner tech – voc institutions and industry.

For Fiscal Year 2021, TESDA – CAR’s budget includes P2.89M scholarship training expenses for Private Education Student Fund Assistance , around P25M for the Training for Work Scholarship Program, P17.27M for Rice Extension Service Program and P129.83M for the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act.

“In line with our mandate, TESDA Abot Lahat, we will continue to bring our training programs especially to COVID – 19 displaced workers and right now, we are into massive campaign for our scholarship program, Navarro added”. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)


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