20 April 2021
Taguig City - The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has expressed its commitment to provide more skills training to Indigenous People (IP) in the Caraga Region.

TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña spearheaded the launching and groundbreaking of several Poverty Reduction and Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) programs in Caraga Region.

Together with Deputy Director General for TESD Operations Lina Sarmiento, Chief-of-Staff Director Juliet Orozco, TESDA-Caraga Regional Director Tarhata Mapandi, Lapeña also visited TESDA offices there and met with the Regional PRLEC member agencies and executives from different local government units.

On Tuesday, April 13, Lapeña, together with Agusan del Norte Governor Dale Corvera, Nasipit Municipal Mayor Enrico Corvera, and other PRLEC members graced the launching and ribbon-cutting of Busilak Enterprise Village in Sitio Mimbahandi. This is a PRLEC project in Agusan del Norte that aims to provide livelihood opportunities to IPs there.

Lapeña likewise personally handed out Certificates of Training Completion to the graduates from Sitios Hinandayan, Mimbahandi and Salaysayon who have finished skills training from TESDA.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, April 14, the TESDA chief also attended the launching of Diversified Innovations in Agriculture and Technology through Unified and Nurtured Outcome (Dinagat Uno) in Basilisa, Dinagat Islands.

Dinagat Uno is a partnership project of TESDA, the Congressional Office, and Kalihukan sa Panaad Marketing Cooperative (KPMC) on composting to develop the 145 hectares farmland into an Integrated Agriculture Production Site.

On April 15, Lapeña led the groundbreaking of Camam-onan Vegetable Growers Association (CamVeGra) Bagsakan and Display Center and tilapia fingerlings dispersal at Brgy. Camam-onan, Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte.

Gigaguit Mayor Chandrou Bonite, Surigao del Norte Vice-governor Eddie Gokiangkee, Jr., and BGen George T. Banzon, Commander, 901st Infantry Brigade also graced the event in support of the project.

Lapeña likewise attended the launching of CARAGA Express Connect (CxC) which is a monitoring hub of TESDA-Caraga that will serve as a venue in monitoring the proceedings during the conduct of assessments in all provinces in the region.

Moreover, on April 16, the TESDA Director General has also spearheaded the launching of Brgy. Zamora Village Enterprise in Talacogon, Agusan del Sur. Lapeña was joined by Agusan Del Sur Governor Santiago Cane Jr., Talacogon Mayor Pauline Marie Masendo, Vice Mayor Melchor Demegillo and member agencies of PRLEC such as the Philippine Army (PA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Lapeña, as the chairman of the PRLEC, vowed to continue working with the private sector and other government agencies to end poverty and insurgency.

He likewise assured the residents of Talacogon that the PRLEC member agencies will work harder to ensure the sustainability of the development program in their area.

“Ang aming programang hatid sa inyo ang magsisilbing simula para magkaroon kayo ng mas maayos na buhay, hindi lamang para sa inyong sarili, kundi pati na rin para sa inyong pamilya,” Lapeña said.

“Sa tulong ng ating mga PRLEC member agencies, marami pang iba’t ibang mga serbisyo ang inyong matatangap. Sabi nga nila, ang PRLEC, ‘pag naghatid ng serbisyo complete package,” he added.

As the lead agency of PRLEC of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), TESDA has been going to far-flung communities in the country to empower its residents through livelihood and other skills training. ###