RESIDENTS of Barangay Bayabas who love making fashion accessories are invited to attend the two-day livelihood skills training at the barangay covered court on July 29 and 30.

The free training is organized by the Barangay Women and Development Council (BWDC) of Barangay Bayabas in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda)-Northern Mindanao.

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Councilor Alexander Dacer, chair of the City Council Committee on Labor and Employment, said those who would attend the training would receive certificates from Tesda, which they can use in seeking employment in the future.

Tesda is the government agency tasked to manage and supervise technical education and skills development in the Philippines created by virtue of Republic Act 7796, otherwise known as the "Technical Education and Skills Development Act of 1994."

"I am encouraging the residents, men and women, to grab this great opportunity as this will enrich their skills and help them earn extra income," Dacer said.

He said Tesda staff will teach them the basics in making fashion accessories, noting that this kind of fashion style is "in demand in today's generation."

Aside from the training on fashion accessories, Dacer said Tesda is offering a lot of seminars, which would be held in different barangays, in cooperation with the local government unit.

"Having a host barangay to serve as the training area is a great contribution from Tesda as well as to those who wish to avail of the training for free," he said.

Every Friday, Barangay Nazareth is hosting a training on massage therapy for the deaf and mutes also in cooperation with Tesda.

"The deaf/mute is part of our society and they must be encouraged to go on with their lives. Through this program, they can also earn during night cafés on Fridays and Saturdays," Dacer said.

With this endeavor, Dacer expressed gratitude to Tesda and the Community Improvement Division (CID) of the City Government through its new head, Nena Salon, for their efforts in helping uplift the economic condition of people in the barangay through the different trainings.