The Provincial Government of Pangasinan launched skills and livelihood training dubbed “Basic Handyman Training” in Bautista town on February 19.
A component activity of the Abig Pangasinan recovery program initiated by Governor Amado I. Espino III, the Basic Handyman Training is also under the Pangasinan Modified Mobile Skills Training Project (MSTP) that offers free skills training for interested Pangasinenses, which now includes displaced workers and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
Twenty Pangasinenses from Bautista town comprised the first batch of Basic Handyman Training who will undergo 14 learning sessions on carpentry, masonry, plumbing, electrical and painting.
Fifth District Board Member Rosary Gracia Perez-Tababa disclosed that the provincial government intends to continue its mobile skills training in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic to provide more livelihood opportunities to Pangasinenses.
“Bago pa ang pandemya, meron na tayong mobile skills training project pero ‘yun face-to-face at mas maraming participants pero ngayon ang pinagkaiba ay kailangan tayong sumunod sa health protocols and guidelines,” said BM Tababa.
It can be learned that the provincial government also staged basic skills trainings since 2017 through its mobile training trucks and training bus but were temporarily cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hence, the provincial government initiated Basic Handyman Training, which offers three days of online sessions and two days of face-to-face session.
It is a partnership activity between the provincial government through its Provincial Employment Service Office (PESO) and the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA).
The first batch of trainees will undergo their training on basic home repair and maintenance starting February 22.
TESDA Provincial Director Jimmicio Daoaten who also graced the program commended the provincial government for its skills development thrusts.
“Napapanahon nga talaga ang programang ito kung saan kayo po na mga kababayan namin ay magkaroon ng oportunidad na muli ninyong masubukan at magamit ang iyong talento, madagdagan ang inyong kaalaman at mapaganda pa ng inyong skills,” Dir. Daoaten told the trainees.
Also present during the launching ceremony were: LGU-Bautista Mayor Amadeo T. Espino, LGU-Bautista Vice Mayor Joseph G. Espino and LGU-Bautista PESO Manager Gloria A. Isip.
The Bautista town mayor expressed his gratitude to the provincial government led by Gov. Espino and TESDA-Pangasinan for this skills and livelihood training.
“Hinihiling namin sa inyo na seryosohin niyo ito dahil ito ay para sa inyo din at kayo ang makikinabang dito… Pagtiyagaan po natin ‘yung mga maliliit na bagay na pwedeng magbago sa ating buhay,” Mayor Espino urged his constituents.
PESO Labor and Employment Officer III Rachel Jose also disclosed that trainees will receive toolkits from the provincial government, along with certificates of completion at the end of the skills training.
“Sa ngayon po na pandemic, napalaking tulong po ito dahil naghahanp po ako ng trabaho at alam ko na marami po itong maibibigay opportunities,” said Heherson B. Canapi, who is among the 20 trainees in Bautista.
The first batch of trainees also underwent orientation seminar after the launching ceremony on the following topics: Basic Handyman, Basic Occupational Safety Awareness at Values Enhancement.
/Shiella Mae C. De Guzman (Photo by Modz Magat)