Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Legazpi starts PHP10-M 'TraBAJO' skills training program
By Emmanuel P. Solis

LEGAZPI CITY, July 11 (PNA) -- Mayor Noel E. Rosal of this city on Monday ordered the city’s Public Employment Services Office (PESO) to evaluate the potential beneficiaries of its skills training program that would help them secure gainful jobs.

The program called TraBAJO is being facilitated by a PHP10-million grant given to the city government by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in 2015.

Under its Skills Training for Accelerated Growth in Local Government and Training for Better Access to Job Opportunities (STAG-LG: TraBAJO), the DILG seeks to help target local government units increase the capacity of their community members in acquiring skills required by private enterprises.

After signing a memorandum of agreement with the heads of six technical vocational institutions on Friday that would help TraBAJO realize its goal, Rosal asked PESO to recommend beneficiaries to the program.

The institutions include ABEC Institute of Business and Technology Inc., Meriam College of Technology Inc., Southern Luzon Technological College Foundation Inc., Apicius Culinary Arts and Hotel Management Inc., Computer Arts and Technological College Inc. and Evegate Technical and Development Training Academy Inc.

Rosal said his administration has created a technical working group composed of different department heads to evaluate the institutions based on their training capacity to ensure success of the program.

PESO Manager Diosdado “Dads” Raneses said target beneficiaries of TraBAJO must be 18 years old and a bonafide resident of the city who have completed high school or junior high school.

He said out-of-school youths, unemployed men and women, drivers of tricycles, vans or jeeps or their spouses with no means of livelihood, displaced Overseas Filipino Workers and their families, as well as industry workers interested in upgrading their skills are qualified under the program.

Raneses said persons with disabilities, senior citizens, families of members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police killed while on duty, indigenous peoples and other marginalized groups can also be beneficiaries of the program.

He said the skills training covered by TraBAJO are the courses related to the tourism industry as well as the Information Technology-Business Process Outsourcing or IT-BPO sector, and the areas of metal engineering and “agripreneurship.”

The PHP10-million skills training program will be implemented through partnership with government agencies such as the Department of Labor and Employment, which will facilitate matching of jobs with the beneficiaries, and the Technical Skills Development Authority for the skills training.

Raneses said the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will be tapped for the livelihood component while the Department of Education will provide the list of out-of-school youth.

He said TraBAJO supports the national government’s thrust to help the unemployed and empower them through training projects that would lead to gainful employment and entrepreneurial activities.(PNA) BNB/GVR/EPS/CBD