Employment rate in Caraga grows 48% due to C4TP

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Friday, December 13, 2013

BUTUAN CITY – A month after the program ended in October 2013, the Cash for Training Program (C4TP) has recorded 48 percent of employment rate out of the total beneficiaries in Caraga Region.

C4TP is a joint undertaking of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda).

TESDA-Caraga Regional Director Dr. Florencio F. Sunico, Jr. said this is a welcome development for the government agencies that have converged for the realization of the program considering that the program has just ended its implementation last October 31, 2013.

According to Sunico, aside from DSWD and TESDA, local government units of the different provinces, cities, and municipalities in the region have also supported the program implementation.

Out of 3,286 total beneficiaries enrolled this year, 1,604 were already employed which is equal to 48 percent.

Of this figure, self-employment has yielded 1,547 (96 percent) while wage employment got 57 (4 percent).

Under the wage employment, total number enrolled is pegged at 1,299 and out of this figure, 1,286 have graduated, equivalent to 98.99 percent.
With this figure, 1,630 were assessed where 1,408 (86.38 percent) of it were certified.

In the self-employment component, a total of 1,987 were enrolled and 1,926 (96.93 percent) have graduated while out of 2,499, only 1,922 (76.91 percent) were certified.

Meanwhile, Emma De Villa, TESDA-Caraga Finance and Administrative Services Division (FASD) Chief and C4TP focal person explained there are some C4TP beneficiaries who were enrolled in bundled courses like Automotive Servicing and Driving, Food and Beverage Service (FBS) and Bartending, Carpentry and Electrical Installation and Maintenance (EIM), EIM and Masonry, Commercial Cooking and Baking/Pastry Production, Wellness Massage and Perform Manicure/Pedicure, among others.

“This is the reason why the figure indicated under assessed is more than the number of beneficiaries enrolled,” De Villa said.

With these developments, Dir. Sunico is optimistic that the program’s employment rate increases as time goes on.
“This is already a good development for us because at present, nearly 50% of our total beneficiaries have find employment – may it be wage- or self-employment… and I am optimistic that more C4TP graduates can find employment before the end of this year or early next year,” he said.

The C4TP is one of the flagship programs of the Aquino administration which is entrusted to TESDA Sec. Joel Villanueva and DSWD Sec. Corazon “Dinky” Soliman that was implemented early this year as a means of poverty alleviation. Because of its successful implementation in Caraga, local chief executives are hoping that another batch of beneficiaries will be the given the opportunity to avail the program next year. (PIA)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on December 13, 2013.


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