ABOUT 120 internally displaced persons (IDPs) are set to complete on Thursday, December 15, a two-month livelihood training conducted by the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) in partnership with the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Zamboanga City.
CSWDO Chief Socorro Rojas said the IDP-beneficiaries of the livelihood training are among those more than 100,000 people who were displaced during the 21-day September 2013 siege. The livelihood training started on October 15.
The IDPs are currently housed in different transitory sites, while others are home-based. The transitory sites are temporary shelters, while those home-based are those staying with their relatives.
Rojas said that of the total number of IDP-beneficiaries, 25 underwent training on masonry, 25 on carpentry, 25 on housekeeping, 25 on food and beverage services, and 20 on food processing.
Rojas said they are assured of work after the graduation.
Other training development included values formation and life skills training, partnership meeting with stakeholders for job placement and safety and hazard seminar, and proper food handling.
The training was conducted also in coordination with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and the Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College.
Rojas said the project is intended to ensure employment placement under the Public Employment Service Office referral system and networks for local and overseas.
Rojas said the two-month training, which costs P2.322 million, was provided by ILO.
She said the P2.322-million funds covered the training cost, allowances of beneficiaries, starter kits and other values formation and life skills training. (Bong Garcia/Sunnex)