April 20, 2022

Taguig City - In its continuing effort to uplift the lives of indigenous people (IP), the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has intensified its training delivery on construction-related courses for the IP beneficiaries.  

TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña said that this will help accelerate the government’s infrastructure projects, particularly the “Build, Build, Build” program of the Duterte administration.

“Our IPs will be very vital in the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program of our government as they can be tapped as the immediate workforce for the completion of infrastructure projects in their regions,” the TESDA chief said.

In line with this, TESDA Davao del Norte has conducted the Multipliers Skills Training in Heavy Equipment Operation (HEO) NC II (Hydraulic Excavator) to 30 beneficiaries in the Municipality of Kapalong. The trainees, including members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, completed their training from November 15, 2021 until January 31, 2022.

The graduates will be recommended as the main manpower for the proposed 18-kilometer farm-to-market road project from Sitio Kapatagan, Barangay Gupitan to Aninipot Road in Davao del Norte. The training was also supported by the army engineers of the 534th Engineer Construction Batallion.

The graduation ceremony was held in Kapatagan Integrated School All Purpose Gym, Barangay Gupitan, Kapalong Davao Del Norte on March 31, 2022. The graduates, who achieved a 100% certification rate, also received their Training and National Certificates during the ceremony.  

Two of the IP graduates will be directly hired by the regional office of the Department of Public Works and Highways.

Secretary Lapeña said that aside from employment, the roads being built all over the region will provide immediate access and connectivity to the remote residences of the IP communities.

Empowering the IPs through skills training programs is also among the priorities of the TESDA-led Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC). ###

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