Tesda, Dole to hold skills training to help earthquake victims in Bohol-A A +A
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
APART from sending relief goods, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) said it is important to find work for residents in Bohol affected by the the 7.2-magnitude earthquake last week.
Tesda 7 Director Rosanna Urdaneta said their agency and the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) will hold the Skills Training and Emergency Employment Toward Recovery in Bohol or Steer-Bohol, a basic skill competency course for people in the province who have lost their livelihood due to the recent earthquake.
Urdaneta said in an interview last Monday that the training is projected to start in two weeks or in a month. Tesda will be offering skills training in masonry, carpentry, electrical installation and plumbing.
She said the skills training will span three weeks or “as quickly as possible,” saying people in Bohol need to immediately find employment and earn money.
“We will only do the critical competencies so they can start without also jeopardizing the quality of the training. Safe to say, in around three weeks they will be already trained,” Urdaneta said.
Potential beneficiaries of the Steer-Bohol program are underprivileged residents, as identified by the Department of Social Welfare and Development. Urdaneta said they target 800 graduates of the skills training program.
Urdaneta said the trainees will also be receiving money from Dole in line with its emergency employment program during the training. DSWD will also be handing out money to the trainees under its Cash for Work program.
She said the trainees will not only be limited to having lessons inside the training center but they will also be able to immediately apply concepts they will learn.
Tesda identified eight municipalities where the trainings will be conducted but the municipalities of Maribojoc, Loon, Sagbayan and Calape will be prioritized since they incurred most of the damages.
Urdaneta said local government units of the selected towns are the ones to identify where the training centers will be located.
Tesda has five training centers in Bohol and two of them were badly damaged after the earthquake, said Urdaneta.
She said they will have eight trainors with two trainors handling each course.
Urdaneta said the trainors will come from Tesda and private institutions that have mobile training programs.
Urdaneta said Tesda will also tap LGUs to provide equipment for the trainings. After completion of the training, trainees will be deployed to affected areas but Urdaneta said LGUs will have the final say.
Urdaneta said that in one of her talks with the Department of Tourism 7, a DOT official said they have specialized training for the rebuilding of the destroyed churches. With the future graduates of Steer-Bohol, Urdaneta said DOT will no longer have to find trainees for the program since they can just tap their graduates.
Tesda also conducted skills training after the earthquake that hit Negros last year.
To sustain the Steer-Bohol program, Urdaneta is appealing to the private sector to collaborate with these government institutions.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 22, 2013.