THE Provincial Government of Pangasinan launched on Monday a skills training truck, the first of its kind in Ilocos Region, which will provide various trainings to arm residents in finding jobs.
Governor Amado Espino III spearheaded the launching program at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center which was attended by officials of the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (Tesda).
Mounted in a truck, the Pangasinan Mobile Skills Training Project (PMSTP) will go around towns and barangays to impart necessary skills to people so that they can easily earn a living and use their certificates in applying for local and foreign employment.
“The Provincial Government is bringing the opportunity to all citizens of every barangay, municipality and city of Pangasinan for them to acquire the necessary skills and help them earn a decent job to provide for themselves and for their families,” Gov. Espino said.
Also involved in the project is the Provincial Employment Service Office (Peso) headed by Alex Ferrer.
According to Ferrer, the objectives of the project include provision of equity and access to the poor and underprivileged to obtain necessary skills relevant to industry needs. It will also help out-of-school youths and unemployed adults obtain the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitude to get a decent job.
On the other hand, Tesda-Pangasinan Director Joel Pilotin said the training truck is a big help to the community, especially those who are living in far-flung areas.
Espino urged the first batch of trainees to take this opportunity as the first step to becoming productive and earn a decent living.
He said the Provincial Government will buy two more units of training trucks intended for Western and Eastern Pangasinan to enhance productivity and employability of Pangasinan’s labor force.
The first training truck will cover only Central Pangasinan.
Espino signed the memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Tesda Pangasinan and Provincial Liga ng mga Barangay to make the project as a community-based training program, also the first of its kind in the region.
The MOA stipulated that the Provincial Government shall provide the training equipment and facilities for the conduct of the community-based skills training in partnership with Tesda.
Linkages and partnership with national government agencies, non-government organizations, the private sector and other stakeholders shall be established for sustainable implementation of the project.
At the same time, the Provincial Government through the Peso shall facilitate employment of graduates and/or assist in providing livelihood engagements.
The main strategy of PMSTP is the use of mobile training trucks installed with appropriate training technologies and educational resources. Training teams and truck crew are organized to be deployed to various LGUs for the conduct of skills, livelihood and entrepreneurship.
The first on-site training session is scheduled in the municipality of Bugallon and the training day will start on September 25. (PNA)