THE Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) launched the "Project Banago Alternative and Sustainable Livelihood Initiatives for Development (Baslid)" in Barangay Banago, Bacolod City recently.
The agency, which heads the Poverty Reduction Livelihood and Employment Cluster of the National Task Force to Ending the Local Communist Armed Conflict, said Project Baslid aims to provide skills training and other livelihood interventions for 25 beneficiaries belonging to the marginalized and vulnerable sector in the barangay.
Tesda-Negros Occidental Acting Provincial Director Romelia Nuezca, in a statement, said the agency will conduct Cookery NC II training.
Its Regional Training Center in Talisay City, Negros Occidental will serve as the training provider and venue.
"This will be funded under the Training for Work Scholarship Program which provides free training cost, free assessment, internet allowance, one-year accident insurance, health and personal protective equipment allowance, and training support fund of P160 per day," she added.
Among the partners in implementing the project included the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Department of Social Services and Development (DSDD), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Bacolod City Government and Barangay Banago Council.
These agencies and institutions are encouraged to continue their capacity development support to the trainees that could also include provision of tools, equipment, skills, and business improvement support.
Bacolod City Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran lauded the Tesda for its effort as the chair of the Poverty Reduction Livelihood and Employment Cluster.
Familiaran, in his message, emphasized to the beneficiaries the importance of "word of honor" in gaining the trust of their business partners.
"Start small but think big," he told them.
For his part, Tesda-Western Visayas Regional Director Jerry Tizon assured that the regional line agency is willing to extend aid to those who needed it the most.
"It is our aim to provide enhancement and capability training to create a sustainable livelihood for the residents," he added.
Village chairman Ricky Mijares thanked the Tesda and its partners for being the "channel of blessings" for Barangay Banago.
He said the status of Banago as an insurgency-cleared barangay based on the record of the DILG has opened many opportunities for the residents.
In support of the program, Mijares said the barangay will provide service vehicle for the beneficiaries during the whole duration of the training.
During the launch, a pledge of support and cooperation was also signed by Tesda and partners as a manifestation of their commitment and support to the project.