Barangays in Cebu beneficiary of TESDA's adopt-a-Barangay program

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The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is adopting several poor barangays in Cebu and Negros Oriental provinces as it aims to make them productive by tapping its youth for technical vocational education and training (TVET).
Training certificates under the agency’s Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) worth P2.3 million are up for distribution to beneficiaries from barangays under the newly-launched Adopt-a-Barangay program of TESDA in coordination with local government units.
Secretary Joel Villanueva led the unveiling of the program in Cebu during the celebration of the Trainees’ Day, which also saw the launch of the Park and Train Mobile vans and the opening of the jobs bridging program in the city.
“Competencies in various technical qualifications have shown the way for many graduates to employment locally or abroad. We want to take advantage of this by raising well-skilled workers ready to take on the jobs that the world demands,” TESDA Director General Villanueva said.
Villanueva said he hopes that the trainees would be successful after completing their training programs and find jobs that could help turn around the fate of the indigent communities.
During the event, Villanueva inaugurated a total of eight buses, trucks and vans—the most number of mobile training centers in all regions so far. The vehicles were fully-equipped with computers and other facilities to simulate a learning center.
“This is another product of effective partnership between the public and the private sector, which shows the high level of trust and confidence of the private sector in the government,” Villanueva said.
The barangays from Cebu that were chosen as beneficiaries were Apas, Labangon, Mambaling, Poblacion Compostela, and Alang-Alang in Mandaue City. In Negros Oriental, barangays Mckenly, Pacuan, La Libertad, Azagra, Tanjay, and Villareal will receive the training scholarships.
The trainees will be offered training programs such as bartending, heavy equipment operation, hilot (wellness massage), and shielded metal arc welding.
In 2011, Cebu received training scholarship worth P65.1 million. It had 81,190 enrollees under various TVET programs and boasted an employment rate of 85.88 percent among its TVET graduates.
During the Trainees’ Day, the public was also treated to free services such as cellular-phone repair, haircut, massage therapy, and motorcycle repair courtesy of TESDA graduates.
The event also featured a jobs fair and skills demonstration by TESDA’s barista and bartenders.