LUNA, Apayao- The Apayao office of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) vowed to support the re-integration of persons deprived of liberty (PDL) through the sustained provision of holistic skills training and better opportunities that will help in their development.
“Our continuous provision of free skills training to PDLs will help them acquire marketable skills, by that they can easily look for jobs and can even create employment for themselves,” said Engr. Victor P. Brioso, TESDA-Apayao Provincial Director, adding, “This is of course in collaboration with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) here and we will make sure TESDA will continue to provide holistic skills training.”
Brioso reiterated that TESDA and BJMP gave assurance that the PDLs will acquire new sets of skills and competencies through various trainings being implemented inside the facility.
On July 30, 2019, BJMP Senior Jail Officer Jay T. Ingles proposed a free training in small engine repair to be conducted in the 3rd week of August, 2019.
He said that most of the PDLs own motorcycles that can be utilized for livelihood.
“With the training that TESDA will give, they can even put up their own repair shop and make money out of it,” he said.
He said that PDLs should always take advantage of the services the government is providing.
As of July 2019, there are 45 PDLs in Apayao who were capacitated through training: 23 in Electrical Installation and Maintenance (EIM) and 22 in Bread and Pastry Production inside the facility.
By Hazel Torida