DAGUPAN CITY – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) provided starter tool kits to some 36 local government units in Region I as part of the agency’s community-based Special Training for Employment Program (STEP).
TESDA Secretary Joel Villanueva led the distribution of starter tool kits such as welding machines, kitchenwares and massage kits on December 22 during the “ TESDA Pamaskong Pangkabuhayan” held at the CSI Stadia in Lucao, Dagupan City.
STEP targets to give free training on technical-vocational courses for indigents who have limited access to education so they are given the opportunity to land a gainful employment after the training.
“Aside from providing starter tool kits that are aligned based on the local needs, a training allowance of P60 per day will be given to trainees who are under the STE program,” Villanueva said.
He added that trainees will get their training tool kits later so that they can start their own business if they do not want to be employed in a private firm.
Recipients of starter tool kits in Pangasinan are the LGUs of Agno, Alaminos City, Anda, Asingan, Balungao, Bani, Bautista, Bayambang, Bolinao, Bugallon, Burgos, Calasiao, Dagupan City, Dasol, Laoac, Mangaldan, Mapandan, San Jacinto, San Manuel, Sta. Barbara, and Tayug.
Other LGUs in Region 1 that also received starter kits were Badoc, Dingras, and Laoag City (Ilocos Norte); Cabugao and Sta. Cruz (Ilocos Sur); and Agoo, Aringay, Bacnotan, Bagulin, Bangar, Caba, Luna, Nagulian, Rosario, and Sto. Tomas (La Union).
Mayor Belen Fernandez, who received the starter tool kits for Dagupan City, vowed that these tools will be put to good use so every Dagupeno will have his own livelihood or business in the years to come. (MCA/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan)