July 17, 2024

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority will send volunteers and its scholars to help prepare public schools for the opening of classes on Aug. 29 as part of the Department of Education’s Brigada Eskwela.

Tesda-Cordillera Assistant Director and concurrent Abra Director Jimmicio Daoaten said aside from their employees doing volunteer work, the agency also has ongoing training programs in the field of construction where scholar-trainees can be tapped to as part of their on-the-job training.

“There are already some schools divisions of the DepEd in the Cordillera who have asked for assistance and we are responding to the call for help,” Daoaten said.

He said they have a “training-cum-production” program where scholar-trainees are taught how to implement projects and a “community-based” scholarship program where trainees immerse themselves in the community to carry out projects.

“They are supervised by their instructors to assure the quality of the job aside from the safety of the would-be occupants of the structure,” Daoaten said.

The official said Tesda also has a Kadamay Kalamidad program which allows them to provide scholarships and skills training to affected families or people who can help these families.

He said Tesda also sent volunteers to affected areas during past calamities, like the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck Abra last year. “We train people. We equip them with knowledge and skills that can be used for a livelihood activity or to contribute in alleviating the sufferings of calamity victims. We support through the training we give,” Daoaten said– PNA