TESDA-Benguet Provincial Office conducted a 10-day community-based livelihood training on Small Engine Servicing to the Indigenous People (IP) of Dalupirip, Itogon on July 26, 2022.
The activity was made possible through the partnership with the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 15 (RMFB15) headed by PCOL Joshua Alejandro who initiated the activity for their Community Service-Oriented Policing (CSOP) together with other regional line agencies such as the Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and Department of Social Welfare Development (DSWD), including the Office of Provincial Governor and Itogon Local Government Unit.
The University of Baguio was also in full support of the activity in which they sponsored toolkits for Small Engine Servicing and later given to the trainees.
TESDA-Benguet Provincial Director Jimmicio Daoaten expressed his gratitude to every agency and private partner who took part in the successful implementation of the activity which generally aims to give livelihood in the community, especially to the University of Baguio and the Office of the Provincial Governor for the provision of starter toolkits and training resources used during the training implementation.
Last Tuesday, July 26, President Bongbong Marcos unveiled during his State of the Nation Address (SONA) that the economic growth of the Philippines will be one of his top priorities, and through this livelihood training program of TESDA, Dir. Daoaten looks forward to seeing repair shops soon in the community as a source of income.
Aside from Small Engine Servicing training, the IPs also underwent Tour Guiding training under the DOT as a potential livelihood for its spectacular scenery that may attract tourists.
In attendance were DOLE-CAR Dir. Nathaniel Lacambra, DOT-CAR Senior Tourism Officer Bayani Malicdem, representative Mario Baucas from Benguet Provincial Office, representative Reynold Rhoda from Itogon Municipal Office, representative Ricardo Sukaw from the Barangay Local Government Unit, Itogon Deputy Chief of Police PLT Albert Dolinta Jr., representative PCOL Byron Tegui-in from PROCOR, PLTCOL Benson Macli-ing, representative Karla Cayasfam from the University of Baguio, and TESDA trainers Joel Gadde and Fevilyn Vitagan.
Indeed, Cordillera is unified in ensuring Social Development and Inclusive Growth in the New Normal.
The community-based training is part of the agency’s mantra — ‘TESDA Abot Lahat’ which aims to expand and strengthen its mandate and services to all, to reach out and serve new partners and clients with a clear objective, and to transform and improve lives for the better.