LAGAWE, Ifugao- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Provincial Training Center (TESDA-PTC) of Ifugao will provide training to indigenous peoples (IPs) in far-flung areas in support of the Duterte administration’s bid to empower and lift up the lives the marginalized sectors.
“The PTC has been prioritizing the training in construction-related skills to help President Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘Build Build Build’ program, said Felixberto B. Matute Jr, administrator of TESDA PTC-Ifugao.
Matute said the training will be on the following: Carpentry NC II, Tile Setting NC II, Masonry NC 1.
“These will be provided as soon as possible and will run for two months,” he said.
He said that TESDA extends its scholarship programs and services to provide more livelihood opportunities for IPs.
“This is our way of helping empower and improve the lives of those in the marginalized sector, especially those in the indigenous communities,” he said.
It will be recalled that the TESDA and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) have forged a partnership to empower the IPs through skills training, among others.
Bringing closer government services to the public
“With the TESDA slogan, ‘TESDA Abot Lahat’, we are determined to reach out to more clients and partners to improve the lives of the people we serve,” said Matute.
“Our mandate is to provide training even in the remote areas. This is to bring government services closer to the public,” he said.
Meanwhile, PTC-Ifugao conducted a two-day outreach program and information drive at Sitio Abagong and Proper Nattum, in Mayoyao municipality in collaboration with the Ifugao Community Volunteers, Voluntourismo Kiangan, Mayoyao Police Station, Fumiya Sankai Yakisoba Squad Family and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Ifugao (PDEA-Ifugao)
“The outreach program does not only aim to give donations but to inform the far-flung communities the programs and services offered by TESDA,” said Matute.
He added that reaching out is an effective way of informing those who can not access the programs through social media.
During the outreach program, 55 students received school supplies, hygiene kit, slippers and slightly used clothes.
By Jennilyn G. Camilo, Pamela Mariz T. Geminiano