Lapena to 158 Naga landslide survivors: “Make your dreams come true”

TESDA

News Release

December 30, 2018

Lapena to 158 Naga landslide survivors: “Make your dreams come true”

Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General, Secretary Isidro S. Lapeña, called on the 158 Naga (Cebu) landslide survivors to make their dreams come true by applying the knowledge and skills they have learned from their technical vocational (tech-voc) training.

Lapeña also led the distribution of tool kits for the landslide survivors in Barangay Tinaan, Naga City, Cebu who were affected by the landslide tragedy last Sept. 20 in which at least 78 persons were buried alive.

Of the graduates, 41 finished tile setting composed of 25 men and 16 women; 41 in carpentry, six of them women; hydraulic excavation, 51; and bulldozer operation, 25. The special short-term courses were conducted at the St. Peregrine’s Institute in Carcar City, Cebu.

With Lapeña were other special guests who witnessed the graduation rites at the Naga City Hall last Dec. 21 including Naga Mayor Kristine Vanesa Chiong, TESDA Regional Director Toni June A. Tamayo and TESDA Provincial Directors Francisca R. Opog (Cebu), Cariza A. Dacuma (Bohol), Floro T. Rinca (Negros) and Dina V. Esmas (Siquijor).

Happiness, excitement and hope were evident in the faces of the graduates as they received their National Certificates (NC) as they are confident that the training they received would help them recover from the tragedy they had experienced.

The graduates are also looking forward to the jobs that had been promised them after graduation to help re-establish their lives and the lives of the other 444 families who were affected by the landslide.

“Looking at all these graduates today, I see hope and I see courage. 158 graduates of 4 different skills training programs is not much. But when you think about the economic benefits it will bring to families and the community, it is definitely a step in the right direction,” said Lapeña in his message to the graduates.

The TESDA chief added: “You have the power to make your dreams come true. Kayo din yun. Tulungan n’yo ang sarili ninyo. Determination ang kailangan para magkaroon ng mabuting buhay.”

Meanwhile, during a meeting with Secretary Lapeña and other TESDA officials, Mayor Chiong said that the graduates will soon be deployed in Metro Manila for a construction project under one of TESDA’s industry partners.

The mayor also said that the same graduates, upon their return to the province, will work on the construction of the Cordova Bridge, connecting the cities of Cebu and Lapu-Lapu, which is a two and a half year project slated to start in May 2019.

Mayor Chiong also said that the city government will shoulder the medical examination cost and transportation of the landslide victims who want to work in Metro Manila.

Earlier on the same day, Lapeña led the groundbreaking ceremony for the TESDA Vll Innovation Center in Cebu City.

Worth some P40 million, the project is the first innovation center in the Visayas and will rise on an 800 square meter land donated to TESDA by the Cebu Provincial Government.

Once fully operational, the center will address the increasing number of tech-voc enrollees of TESDA Region VII as well as provide support to TESDA training centers by implementing related training programs to enhance existing course offerings.

 

 

Lapeña dumalo sa graduation ng 158 Naga landslide survivors

Sinaksihan ni Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General, Secretary Isidro S. Lapeña, ang pagtatapos ng 158 landslide survivors na kumuha ng mga short-term vocational courses na inialok ng ahensiya.

Kasabay nito, pinangunahan din ni Lapeña ang pamamahagi ng mga tool kits para sa mga nagtapos na landslide survivors sa naganap na madugong landslide sa Barangay Tinaan, Naga City sa Cebu noong September 20, taong kasalukuyan, na nagbaon ng buhay sa may 78 katao.

Sa nasabing bilang ng mga nagtapos, 41 ang nag-graduate sa tile setting na kinabibilangan ng 25 kalalakihan at 16 kababaihan; 41 sa carpentry, anim dito ay babae; hydraulic excavation, 51; at bulldozer operation, 25.

Ang special short-term courses ay kanilang tinapos sa St. Peregrine’s Institute sa Carcar City sa nasabi ring lalawigan.

Ang graduation ay ginanap sa Naga City Hall nitong Disyembre 21 na dinaluhan din nina Mayor Kristine Vanesa Chiong, TESDA Regional Director Toni June A. Tamayo at Provincial Directors Francisca R. Opog (Cebu), Cariza A. Dacuma (Bohol), Floro T. Rinca (Negros) at Dina V. Esmas (Siquijor)

Nakita ang labis na kasiyahan, excitement at bagong pag-asa sa mukha ng mga graduates habang tinatanggap ang kanilang National Certificates (NC) dahil umaasa sila na ang kanilang na-avail na kasanayan ay magagamit nila sa pagbangon mula sa nasabing trahedya.

Umaasa rin sila na makakamit ang ipinangakong trabaho oras na maka-graduate na anila’y malaking tulong ng gobyerno upang muli nilang maitayo ang kanilang nasirang buhay at tahanan gayundin ang iba pang kasama sa 444 pamilya na naapektuhan ng landslide at kailangang mailikas.

“Looking at all these graduates today, I see hope and I see courage. 158 graduates of 4 different skills training programs is not much. But when you think about the economic benefits it will bring to families and the community, it is definitely a step in the right direction,” ani Lapeña sa kanyang mensahe sa mga nagtapos.

“You have the power to make your dreams come true. Kayo din yun. Tulungan n’yo ang sarili ninyo. Determination ang kailangan para magkaroon ng mabuting buhay,” dagdag pa ng TESDA chief.

Samantala, sa pakikipagpulong kay Secretary Lapeña at iba pang opisyal ng TESDA, sinabi ni Mayor Chiong na ang mga graduates ay ide-deploy sa Metro Manila para magtrabaho sa construction project ng isa sa mga industry partners ng TESDA.

Sa pagbalik umano sa Cebu ng mga graduates na ito, kukunin din sila para magtrabaho sa kontruksiyon ng Cordova Bridge, na kumukonekta sa mga siyudad ng Cebu at Lapu-Lapu, na isang dalawa’t kalahating taong proyekto na sisimulan sa May 2019.

Tiniyak din ng mayor na sasagutin ng city government ang medical examination cost at transportation ng mga landslide victims na gustong magtrabaho sa Manila.

Kaugnay nito, bago dumalo si Lapeña sa nasabing graduation rites, pinangunahan muna nito ang groundbreaking ceremony sa TESDA Vll Innovation Center sa Cebu City. Ang proyekto ay nagkakahalaga ng P40 milyon.

Ito ang kauna-unahang innovation center sa Visayas na nakatayo sa may 800 square meters na espasyo na pag-aari ng ahensya, na donasyon ng Cebu Provincial Government.

Makakatulong ang center upang matugunan ang pangangailangan ng TESDA Region Vll ng espasyo para sa lumalaki nilang bilang ng mga enrollees para sa ibang kurso o kuwalipikasyon ng ahensiya.(END)

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