Despite the pandemic, the Modified Mobile Skills Training Project of the Provincial Government of Pangasinan has produced 415 graduates from 15 towns and cities in the province in 2020.
The Modified MSTP, formerly Mobile Skills Training Project (MSTP), is a brainchild project of Governor Amado I. Espino III and launched in September 2017, that aims to provide 15-day quality training and enhance productivity and employability of Pangasinan’s labor force while the province is still under community quarantine.
Due to the pandemic, the regular MSTP was transformed into Modified MSTP to conform with the safety protocols against COVID-19.
The MSTP of the provincial government moved around the province in coordination with the Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) – Pangasinan, utilizing training trucks and training bus equipped with training technologies, educational resources and accredited trainers.
Provincial Employment Services Office (PESO) Labor and Employment Officer Rachel Jose disclosed that the 415 graduates last year consist of out-of-school youth, unemployed adults, Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) returnees, solo parents and others.
Courses offered in the training project are divided into two components: a. hard skills (electrical, carpentry, plumbing, masonry and tile setting) and b. soft skills (cookery, haircutting and beauty care).
The PESO labor and employment officer also added that the provincial government continues to strengthen its labor and employment thrusts made evident with the four customized training trucks and one training bus utilized for the Modified MSTP.
Of the total 415 graduates, 258 of them were produced by the regular MSTP where a batch of trainees has a total of about 30 Pangasinenses each.
On the other hand, the other 138 graduates were produced by the Modified MSTP. Under the new normal, the Modified MSTP accommodated only 15-20 trainees in every town to observe physical distancing and also, strictly implemented wearing of face mask along with face shield to help contain the spread of COVID-19.
The provincial government has also kicked-off another component activity of MSTP – Basic Handyman Training, which is a special training and livelihood program for displaced workers and OFWs which introduces and teaches basic skills in home repair and maintenance.
The Basic Handyman Training held its pilot drill in the PESO Compoun, here, with 19 trainees.
In contrast to the mobile skills training project, the Basic Handyman Training offers 5-day training inclusive of online training via Zoom for three days and face-to-face training for the remaining two days.
/Shiella Mae C. De Guzman