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Friday, March 18, 2022

TESDA AgNor gives new hope to 24 inmates through skills opportunities

BUTUAN CITY -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Agusan del Norte recognized the 24 inmates of the Agusan del Norte Provincial Jail as graduates of Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC I under Special Training for Employment Program (STEP) and SMAW NC II under Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) during their graduation rites on March 14, held at Agusan del Norte Provincial Jail, this city.

These scholars are under the custody of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), tasked to safekeep and reform individuals convicted with crimes or those individuals waiting for the final verdict on their case.

Jail Warden Fermin Antenorio expressed his sincerest appreciation to TESDA-ADN Provincial Director Rey Cueva and to TESDA for being an instrument that gave these inmates a chance to have a better life as they reintegrate themselves to society.

In his message, Cueva congratulated the inmates for their dedication to complete the course. 

“I congratulate you all for your hardwork and enthusiasm. It is not easy to live inside the four walls of the prison cells but I am so proud that you were able to finish the qualification and acquire National Certificates which you could use in applying for a job here in the Philippines and abroad," he said. 

“TESDA is very much willing to provide you with more skills training based on your needs and requests. We are here for you," he added. 

The inmates were given certificates, which they proudly showed to the crowd during the ceremony.

Also, the inmates showcased their talents in handicraft-making and displayed their handicrafts made of straw, paper, and other waste materials. Cueva committed to allocate funds to support the inmates to help enhance their skills, which they can use to generate income while detained. 

TESDA-ADN commits to support the BJMP in its mandate of transforming inmates into becoming better citizens. This is in line with Sec. Isidro Lapeña's directive "TESDA Abot Lahat" and TESDA Caraga's mantra "Caraga Cares" spearheaded by Regional Director Tarhata Mapandi. (Ma. Niña Angela Gomez, TESDA-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)