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Monday, March 11, 2019


All set for 6th Women’s Congress in Tandag City

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, March 11 (PIA) - The city government of Tandag thru the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) and Local Council for Women (LCW) is all set for the 6th Women’s Congress on March 15, 2019 with the theme “We Make Change Work For Women” at the city gymnasium here.

According to CSWDO chief Tessie Buniel, the activity is one of the highlights of this year's women's month celebration in the city.

During the event, Buniel said the new set of LCW officers will also take their oath.

"This is an indication that women are active contributors and partners for the development of the community," she added.

The congress also features several services, which will be offered to the participating women such as free live birth registration; legal advice; dental and medical consultation and check-up; beauty tips, free massage, haircut, manicure and pedicure from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

The City Health Office will also offer free pap smear from March 25 to 29 at the City Health Office.

Other activities for this month include Women’s Forum on March  16 to 22 and the Search for Misis ng Tandag City 2019 on March 29. (PIA Surigao del Sur)

TESDA to conduct skills enhancement training to former rebels

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, March 11 - In response to the call of the national government to help and empower the former rebels (FRs), the provincial office of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Surigao del Sur is set to conduct a skills enhancement training.

In an interview with the local media here, TESDA-Surigao del Sur Provincial Director Rey M. Cueva said around 45 FRs who are under the area of responsibility of 36th Infantry “Valor” Battalion will undergo skills training program.

As a take-off point of TESDA’s intervention program, Dir. Cueva said that last February 21, 2019, an educational tour was conducted in different Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions in the province participated by the said FRs to “primarily to expose them to the different training programs that TESDA is conducting,” Cueva said.

He also pointed out that during that time, two farm schools and one training center offering Heavy Equipment Operation were identified to be the site of the tour.

“This was conducted so that they will have a birds-eye view on what TESDA has been doing to transform the workforce by means of skills training,” he said.

During the tour, Cueva said, owners of the farm schools convinced the participants to undergo trainings pertaining to agriculture, noting that “that there is money in agriculture."

On March 8, Cueva stressed that a forum will be conducted with the 45 FRs to finalize the skills training that they want to take up and will be given scholarship slots and the forum will serve as a venue for TESDA and other partners and stakeholders both in the private and public sectors to solicit issues and concerns of FRs, as well as, look for strategies that will address the said issues and concerns.

Meanwhile, while waiting for the scholarship slots to take effect, he said they encouraged the FRs to undergo training on small engine operation so that they will not remain idle.

Aside from the training, the official said the trainees will be provided with an initial supplies, tools and other equipment for them to start a mini-spare parts store.

Further, training in basic welding will also be conducted.

“In this way, the group will have income,” Dir. Cueva said.

The employment training of FRs is part of the program of Sec. Lapeña to provide post-training and livelihood facilitation to all graduates, including those from the marginalized sector. (TESDA Caraga/PIA Caraga)

TESDA Caraga partners with construction sector for 'Build, Build, Build' program


By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, March 11 – Heeding the call of President Rodrigo Duterte to implement the “Build, Build, Build” program, the regional office of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Caraga has partnered with the construction sector, both private and public.

In today’s regular meeting of the Regional Technical Education and Skills Development Committee (RTESDC) held in one of the local hotels here, TESDA-Caraga Regional Director Florencio F. Sunico, Jr. said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-Caraga Region through the leadership of Regional Director Pol M. Delos Santos and some contractors in Caraga Region have convened to discuss issues and concerns pertaining to the implementation of the “Build, Build, Build” program of the Duterte administration.

Sunico also said this undertaking is in accordance with the directives of TESDA Director-General Isidro S. Lapeña to give focus on strategizing the implementation of the said program in every region in the country.

The official said one way of doing this is to increase the infrastructure – trainers, assessors, program for construction.

“What we are doing now is to get the analysis the demand and supply related to construction, determine the gaps, and identify what are the strategies to be made,” Sunico said.

He also said that because of the developments, the RTESDC in Caraga has invited the construction sector in the region – the DPWH-Caraga with the agency’s District Engineers and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Caraga representing the public sector, and some private contractors in different provinces and cities of the region.

Sunico is hoping that the conduct of the activity will lead to a very good strategy to address some of the needs in construction specifically in the issues of manpower shortage, responding to the demands of human resources to finish the “Build, Build, Build” project of the government.

The official further elaborated that action plans will be made between DPWH, DOLE, Contractors, and TESDA to address the gaps in terms of skills that we can employ in the program particularly graduates and job requirements.

"If there are requirements that were not addressed now, we can come up with strategies, " Sunico said stressing that the directive of Secretary Lapeña is to increase the capacity of trainings, assessors and programs.

To address the lack of manpower in the construction sector nationwide,  Lapeña and DPWH Sec. Marc Villar will meet to discuss what needs to be done what needs to be improved, he said.

It can be recalled that last month, Pres. Duterte lamented that lack of Filipino skilled workers in the construction sector may compromise the “Build, Build, Build” program of the national government because more skilled workers have preferred to work abroad than working here in the country. (TESDA Caraga/PIA Caraga)