SOME 120 dependents of sugarcane farm workers and out-of-school youth finished their technical skills training conducted by the National Federation of Sugarcane Planters headed by its president Enrique D. Rojas last August 13. 

The graduates comprise the 24th Batch of beneficiaries to avail of the skills and livelihood training conducted by NFSP thru its socio-economic arm, the NFSP Sugar Workers Foundation Livelihood and Technical Skills Training Center at NFSP Compound, Bacolod-Murcia Road, Alijis, Bacolod City.


The beneficiaries, who are dependents of farm workers employed by sugar producers affiliated with NFSP, learned highly employable skills in welding, automotive servicing, computer operations and hardware servicing and building wiring installation.  

The curriculum, facilities and equipment for each technical course are all in accordance with the upgraded, world-class training standards of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda).  

Roy Lobaton, president of the United Sagay-Escalante-Toboso Planters Association, welcomed the parents and guests in behalf of NFSP president Enrique D. Rojas. Tesda provincial director Yolanda Porschwitz personally confirmed that the graduates finished their training in conformity with Tesda’s training standards.  

Lawyer Arnel D. Agrasada, regional director of the Cooperative Development Authority, was the guest speaker.


Since the training center started operations in 2002, it has already benefited over 4,000 farm workers and their dependents. Most of the graduates easily secure employment because of the highly in-demand skills that they learned from the training center.


A substantial number of graduates had already secured employment abroad while other graduates with entrepreneurial spirit set up their own repair shops.