TESDA continues to reach special clients in conflict-affected areas


BAGUIO CITYThe Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has been reaching more clients in the region amid the health crisis through the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) that it heads.

“We have launched four PRLEC projects in the different provinces in the region this month which aims to provide responsive measures to address poverty affectation among marginalized communities and basic sectors through the whole-of-nation approach,” said TESDA CAR Regional Director Manuel Wong.

On June 24, 2020, TESDA-Ifugao spearheaded the launching of the PRLEC Project IFUGAO (Intensifying the new Framework on skills Upgrading to Greater Access to life’s Opportunities) which aims to develop self-reliant and sustainable communities through harmonized and culturally responsive development programs.

It is a community-based enterprise development on mushroom and taro production and processing with former rebels and other individuals in the community as trainees.

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On July 9, 2020, TESDA-Benguet launched the “Project SILAW,” which stands for Solar Installation among Locals to Advance their Welfare, a community-based training that aims to develop skills for the installation of solar panels in un-energized households of some Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA) of Benguet province.

On July 14, 2020, TESDA Mountain Province launched the “Project ESEK,” which stands for Environmental Sustainability through Ecological Kinetics, which covers training on organic agriculture production with four components that include organic vegetables, organic poultry and swine, organic concoction, and organic fertilizer.

On July 21, 2020, TESDA Kalinga launched the “Project KaLingA” which stands for Kapwa ko, Lingkod Alay which aims to develop and harness the skills of the beneficiaries to venture into agriculture farming and ensure food availability amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The project covers training in the Conduct of Organic Agriculture Production NC II, Entrepreneurship Training Program and the provision of seeds, and stocks/poultry and small ruminants.

RD Wong underscored TESDA plays an important role in providing training, employment, and livelihood to the clients identified.

“TESDA will continue implementing several interventions through skills training for the poor and other ‘special clients’ like rebel returnees, indigenous peoples (IPs), drug surrenderees, and persons deprived of liberty,” he said.

Adding, “As one of the pillars of education, we make sure that our programs and services are felt especially in these trying times by all sectors of society to live up to our agency’s tagline ‘TESDA Abot Lahat’.”


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