By Connie B. Destura
LEGAZPI CITY, Dec. 3 (PNA) — To provide sustainable intervention through skills development and possible employment for Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program beneficiaries (4Ps), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 5 has forged a mutual covenant with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Camarines Sur Office.
DSWD Regional Director Arnel B. Garcia said the technical-vocational education and training is under the Accelerated and Sustainable Anti-Poverty Program (ASAPP) of the DSWD which will benefit about 1,000 4Ps’ beneficiaries from Libmanan, Sipocot and Bato towns and Iriga City.
Garcia said the ASAPP is geared towards tapping the skills and resources of the poor in enabling private enterprise to afford their production.
With ASAPP, he said, the government aims to bring down poverty incidence in 2016 by creating income opportunities for the poor and enhancing their employment.
Under the agreement, the TESDA will conduct 21 varied vocational courses in the desired venues like technical and vocational schools in Camarines Sur.
The DSWD has allocated and transferred the amount of Php9.9 million to TESDA-Camarines Sur to purchase tool kits needed for the training and for the food and transportation allowance of the trainees.
Each trainee will receive Php306 per day for the required number of days, which is according to their respective training module.
The DSWD will also be responsible for validating the eligibility of the trainee fit for the module and provide continuous technical assistance and capacity building support to the beneficiaries, Garcia said. (PNA)