CITY OF SAN FERNANDO To boost skills training programs in far-flung areas in the country, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) on January 23 turned over mobile training laboratories (MTLs) to its 10 regional offices.

The recipients of the MTLs are the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), CARAGA, and Regions II, V, VI, VII, VIII, X, XI, and XII.

The MTLs would mobilize the delivery of skills development and livelihood programs in remote areas, particularly those that are located in identified conflict-affected communities, disaster-prone provinces, and provinces with high poverty incidence.

The MTLs will offer qualifications such as Photovoltaic Systems Installation NC II, Bread and Pastry Production NC II, Food Processing NC II, Organic Agricultural Production NC II, Carpentry NC II, Plumbing NC II, Electrical Installation Maintenance NC II, and Agricultural Crop Production NC II, and are expected to produce a total of 5,180 enrollees and 6,662 graduates annually.

“The MTLs are training facilities that can be easily transported from one place to another within the province. It is composed of tools, equipment, and training packages put in a trailer. These show that TESDA is committed to providing skills training and livelihood programs to Filipinos, especially to those located in far-flung areas and those belonging to the marginalized sector,” said TESDA Director General Danilo P. Cruz.

Aside from the MTLs, TESDA has also turned over 16 service vehicles to selected regional and provincial offices to further enhance their mobility and capability to provide speedy service.