Community-based training program to benefit 2,392 in Davao Region

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Sunday, September 2, 2012


SOME 2,392 individuals from the Davao Region are beneficiaries of the Cash For Training Project (CFTP), a joint initiative of the Department of Social Welfare Development (DSWD) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda).

Tesda 11 director Gaspar Gayona said a total of P47.8 million was set aside for the implementation of the project in the region, which is due to commence anytime this month.

Gayona said CFTP is a community-based training program for the poor families, who are expected to acquire new skills necessary to start a livelihood while under the program.

"If the communities will not reach us, we will reach to the community then," Gsyona said during the press conference at the Grand Men Seng Hotel Friday.

Beneficiaries can select from programs ranging massage therapy, food technology, and carpentry. Each of the beneficiary will receive P20,000 for the training.

Gayona said Tesda 11 will provide tool-kits for those beneficiaries who will finish successfully the training, which will run for about 350 hours.

The agency will also provide tool-kits worth an average of P6,000 or depending on what the beneficiaries need to start business on their own.

In a joint circular of Tesda-DSWD, this project will provide beneficiaries with skills training opportunities and job facilitation or entrepreneurship support so they can participate in community building.

Gayona said DSWD 11 identified the beneficiaries for the CFTP who are mostly beneficiaries from the Pantawid Pamilyang Pailipino Program (4Ps).

Tesda director general Joel Villanueva said the agency earmarked a total of P450 million for this project with beneficiaries numbering 65,000 nationwide.

Villanueva said beneficiaries of the project will be singled out based on their profile.

"May profiling kung hindi makakaya hindi sila isasama para hindi masayang (We will choose beneficiaries based on their profile so that the budget allocated for their training will not be squandered)," he said. (ALC)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 03, 2012.

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