A TOTAL of 320 internally displaced persons (IDPs) on Tuesday, September 20, graduated from the technical courses in Ozamis City, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
The IDPs who have undergone training on technical courses were among the thousands of people who were displaced in the 21-day September 2013 siege in this city.
Fung Kay Choi, DSWD regional information officer, said the IDP-trainees were trained for two months in Our Lady of Triumph (OLT) Institute of Technology in Ozamis City.
Choi said that 154 of the 320 IDP-graduates were trained in carpentry and masonry while 136 for housekeeping.
Choi said the IDP-graduates have also undergone actual work experience through the state-of-the-art facilities of the OLT Institute of Technology.
Choi said the skills training program is initiated and funded by the regional office of the DSWD in partnership with the local government and Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (Tesda), through the Disaster Rehabilitation Fund worth P17 million.
The City Government is also extending P2,000 financial assistance as counterpart for each family to support their other expenses such as transportation and meals during their travel.
It is recalled that the program has been able to produce over 500 graduates since July this year, and graduates are immediately sent to Manila for job placement with the help of the OLT’s employment partners in both national and international arena.
Choi said the graduation ceremony, which was held on Tuesday at the MGM Gymnasium in Ozamis City, was witnessed by DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, DSWD Regional Director Araceli Solamillo, DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Operations Consejo Usman, representatives of TESDA, local government and partner employers.
Choi said Taguiwalo has guaranteed the graduates the DSWD will continuously monitor them to ensure that they are doing well and good in their respective work places. (Bong Garcia/Sunnex)