TESDA extends help to COVID-19 frontliners nationwide

After producing thousands of face masks, training centers and institutions of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) from different parts of the country take the initiative on providing food and other basic needs for Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) frontliners in their respective areas.

In Region 2, Isabela School of Arts and Trades Vocational School headed by Vocational School Superintendent Edwin Madarang, voluntarily turned over 500 pieces of muffins, 500 pieces of cookies, and face masks to the Isabela Province's COVID-19 Task Force and the Philippine Army's 95th Infantry Battalion last Friday, March 20.

With its various training institutions and training centers in Region III, TESDA was also able to distribute 350 packs of pastry products and bottled water, more than 3,000 facemasks, 200 bottles of calamansi juice, and 6 liters of hand sanitizers, soaps, and medicines to the frontliners of Nueva Ecija, Bataan, and Bulacan.

TESDA’s provincial office in Bulacan also initiated the creation of face shields, and together with partner institutions, were able to produce 97 pieces. The face shields, used as personal protective equipment of frontliners, have been distributed to hospitals in the nearby area.

In Region 5 (Bicol Region), Ragay Polytechnic Skills Institute produced  117 packs of cookies and seven boxes of cupcakes on Sunday which were turned over to the local governments of Sipocot and Ragay towns in the Province of Camarines Sur.

Masbate Institute of Fisheries and Technology on the other hand was able to produce 250 packs of puto cheese and 120 packs of butter cookies distributed to checkpoint personnel in the towns of Milagros and Mobo, and Masbate City.

TESDA chief Secretary Isidro Lapeña is thankful for the collective and voluntary efforts undertaken by the men and women of TESDA including trainers and trainees from tech-voc institutions.

"We are thinking of ways on how to best help the country during this difficult time. We hope that through these initiatives, we are able to help our COVID-19 frontliners, and even the public in nearby areas of the TESDA offices," added Lapeña.

Earlier last week, Bread and Pastry Production NC II Trainers of Calubian National Vocational School in Region VIII prepared cookies and other pastry products for Calubian town's COVID-19 Task Force in the Province of Leyte.

Lorrianne Guillermo, a TESDA instructor, shared in a social media post how thankful she is being part of TESDA's initiative on helping frontline workers in their region.

"More than ever, it is during these times that I feel proud being a TESDAn. Indeed, #TESAAbotLahat amid crises just as we try to address the issue on unemployment by empowering the Filipinos through technical vocational trainings. It is likewise through the tech-voc programs that we help alleviate the plight of those affected by these fortuitous events," said Guillermo.

Headed by Dr. Araceli Picardal, they also produced DIY hand sanitizers and surface disinfectants which will be turned over to all employees and frontline volunteers in the area.

Meanwhile, TESDA-Region XII is also set to prepare and distribute on Wednesday pastry products for frontliners around the region prioritizing Koronadal City, General Santos City, and Sarangani Province.

TESDA training centers and institutions in Region 3 produced and distributed pastry products, bottled water, facemasks, face shields, calamansi juice, hand sanitizers, soaps, and medicines to the frontliners of Nueva Ecija, Bataan, and Bulacan.

Ragay Polytechnic Skills Institute and Masbate Institute of Fisheries and Technology in Region 5 produced pastry products for the frontliners of their region.

Calubian National Vocational School in Region VIII prepared hand sanitizers and pastry products for the COVID-19 Task Force personnel in their town.