19 TESDA trainers to aid typhoon Odette victims
The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority-Cordillera sent 19 trainers of carpentry, electrical installation and maintenance, and masonry to help the victims of Typhoon Odette in Bohol last Jan. 4.
Typhoon Odette hit Bohol on Dec. 16, 2021 leaving behind deaths and extensive damage and many families spending their Christmas roofless and some totally lost their houses.
“Tesda-CAR answered the call of Director General Isidro Lapeña to send augmentation teams to train and help rebuild the homes of those affected by Typhoon Odette. Our teams will mainly be deployed in Bohol and are committed in assisting in the rehabilitation. Special thanks to our volunteer trainers and civil works team for this endeavor,” Tesda Regional Director Jeffrey Ian Dy said.
As part of the Secretary’s directive to bring the “TESDAmayan” to another level and to ensure a well-coordinated, faster, and more efficient delivery of assistance programs to the victims of Odette, the Tesda central office assigned various regions through a buddy system to help areas devastated by Typhoon Odette.
Tesda-CAR and Region 1 were assigned to provide skills training, particularly on construction-related courses, to help in rebuilding the houses of typhoon victims in Bohol.
The Tesda-CAR team led by Assistant Regional Director Joel M. Pilotin with the 19 trainers from the Provincial Training Centers of Tesda Kalinga, Mountain Province, Abra, Apayao, and Ifugao were transported by the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine Air Force through the C-130 aircraft.
The trainers arrived in Bohol with tools and other training materials to respond to the residents quickly.
Dy said the trainers will stay in Bohol for three weeks.
“TESDAmayan” is the agency’s banner program created under the current leadership that aims to aid communities affected by any crisis brought about by natural calamities, disasters, or any other untoward incidents that cause displacement of residents. – Press release