August 17, 2021

Taguig City – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is set to reach more Indigenous people and geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDAs) in the province of Cagayan.

This was after TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña and Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) last August 12 to boost Poverty Reduction, Livelihood, and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) projects in the province.

Under the MoA, the Cagayan government shall provide TESDA a total of Php 867,000 financial assistance for the latter’s skills training assistance and other programs for the province.

TESDA’s Project TALAGA (TESDA-Alay ay Liwanag at Asenso Gamit ang enerhiya ng Araw) for Brgy. Anurturu, Rizal, one of the 822 Barangay Development Project (BDP) barangays shall receive Php 393,000 to procure supplies/materials for the installation of solar panels/lights in the Barangay Hall, as well as, in the un-energized houses of the 25-target scholar-beneficiaries of PV Systems Installation and Maintenance NC II.

Likewise, a total of Php 81,000 is committed to fund Project SID SET UP (Sustaining Integrated Development through Skills and Entrepreneurship Training Upscaling Program) for Brgy. Apayao in Piat, which is also one of the BDP priority barangays.

The fund will be used for the procurement of equipment, tools, and supplies/materials for the setting-up of a mini laboratory for animal health care requirements of the group of scholar-beneficiaries who shall be trained along Animal Health Care and Management NC III and Agro-entrepreneurship NC II.

Meanwhile, the agency’s Project HOTS (Harnessing the power Of The Sun) for the island-barangay of Fuga in Aparri, shall receive Php 393,000 which will be used to procure supplies/materials required to install solar panels/lights in the Barangay Hall, and in each of the respective abodes of the 25 target scholar-beneficiaries of PV Systems Installation NC II.

In his speech, TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña expressed his gratitude to Mamba and said that the province is very lucky to have him as their governor.

“Maswerte po kayong mga taga-Cagayan dahil ang inyong Governor ang nangunguna sa mga developments na ito,” he said.

For his part, Mamba likewise thanked Lapeña for TESDA’s assistance to the province by providing skills training programs to its residents.

“This partnership will go a long way. This partnership is not only limited to this, dahil nakita po natin ngayon, the Provincial Government of Cagayan is setting up skills training centers in the province in partnership with the TESDA,” he said.

Also present during the virtual ceremony were TESDA officials including Deputy Director General for Operations Lina Sarmiento, Deputy Director General for Partnerships and Linkages Aniceto “John” Bertiz III, Region II Director Archie Grande, Cagayan Provincial Director Romeo Talosig, and the department heads of the provincial government of Cagayan. ###

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