March 3, 2024

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority in the Cordillera have set out training sessions in areas affected by Communist Terrorist Groups (CTG).
Tesda is in charge of the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster of the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict.
Tesda-CAR Chief of Operations Marlyn Necesito presented their plans with a budget of about P7 million earmarked to finance a total of 28 proposals in 19 CTG-identified barangays in the region. Funds will be apportioned in terms of trainings and trainers training.
Provincial offices of the Tesda will implement the trainings together with partner agencies. All the trainings will include the conduct of competency assessment through institution-based training, enterprise-based training, and community-based training programs.
For Abra, trainings are on computer literacy, entrepreneurship, improvement of soft broom and basket making, food processing, and mushroom production.
In Mountain Province, skills training will be on village-level blacksmithing and woodcraft production, enhancement of handicraft production center, meat processing, wellness/massage, haircut, eco-guide training, basic mountaineering course, basic life support, and enhanced sewing.
In Besao, trainings to be provided are welding, organic agriculture production, bread and pastry making, manicure and pedicure, tailoring, welding, house and car wiring, carpentry, woodcarving, and beekeeping.
For Sagada, meat processing, designing on thread weaving, weaving, sewing, masonry, building wiring installation, and auto electrical, bread and pastry-making, tailoring, and handicrafts.
For Ifugao, organic agriculture, herbal medicine production, seedling production and arabica coffee production, carpentry, masonry, manicure and pedicure, weaving, sewing/tailoring, haircutting, handicrafts, food processing and mushroom production, cooking and baking, electrical wiring, auto-mechanic with practical driving.   
In Tinoc, community-based training in bookkeeping, computer, community-based training in masonry, carpentry, welding, beauty care, hair cutting and handicrafts, weaving.
Tesda will conduct competency assessment after the training to ensure that competency has been achieved. Assessment will be based on an individual’s skills, knowledge, attitude and work values relative to a unit or cluster of units of competency.
Necesito also said that financial assistance and scholarship grants for college students/technical vocational students as identified by barangays Tamboan and Gueday in Besao; Dalican and Mainit in Bontoc and Aguid and Ankileng in Sagada in Mountain Province will be endorsed to concerned agencies. – Susan C. Aro