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Tesda launches livelihood program


The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) launched the Sustainable and Resilient Livelihood Program for the Kapatiran group in Barangay Locotan, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental Tuesday.

Tesda personnel were joined by Kabankalan City officials, barangay officials of Locotan, Central Philippine State University, Department of Trade and Industry, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and Philippine National Police.

Beverly Insular, Tesda acting provincial director, said the program is part of the efforts of the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster under Executive Order 70, to free the people from poverty through collective efforts.

OPAPP peace program officer April Casalem lauded Tesda for its continuous support in the peace process even under these trying times of Covid-19.

Kabankalan City Vice Mayor Raul Rivera thanked Tesda and its partners for making the program possible for the Kapatiran group, formerly known as Rebolusyonaryong Partido ng Manggagawa ng Pilipinas/Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade Tabara-Paduano Group.

Rudy Traso, chair of the Kapatiran Kabankalan Chapter, said they wish for a peaceful and productive community.

The program aims to provide community-based training on organic sugarcane production where beneficiaries will have the opportunity to learn how to produce home-based muscovado sugar, organic vegetable production, raise organic chicken, and installation of solar irrigation system.

Among the benefits include free training cost, free assessment, internet allowance, one-year accident insurance, health and personal protective equipment allowance, training support allowance of P160 per day, and entrepreneurship training.

Tesda will also provide one unit of sugarcane juicer machine to the Kapatiran community for the production of home-based muscovado sugar.*


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