TESDA, other gov’t agencies ink pact to empower Davao Norte IPs
Kapalong, Davao del Norte – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), together with Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and the Provincial Government of Davao del Norte inked an agreement here on Friday, October 16, to implement the “Adopt an Indigenous People Family Program” in the province.
The signing of the memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was held at the town’s Agriculture Production Center in Barangay Capungagan attended by TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña, MinDA Secretary Manny Piñol, NCIP Secretary Allen Capuyan, a representative of DSWD, Eastern Mindanao Command Chief Lt. Gen. Jose Faustino Jr., and hosted by Davao del Norte Governor Edwin Jubahib and Kapalong Mayor Ma. Theresa Timbol.
The “Adopt an Indigenous Family Program” intends to help 140 families of disadvantaged Indigenous People (Ata Manobo) of Sitio Mondol, in Barangay Tapayanon who only rely on subsistence farming to have their own alternative and sustainable sources of livelihood.
The program also aims to strengthen government and private sector partnership by optimizing the Corporate Social Responsibility Programs of big companies with government programs; transform the marginalized IP communities in Davao del Norte into self-reliant and self-sustaining agriculture development areas; and harness the IP communities’ Indigenous Knowledge, Systems and Practices with culture- sensitive/appropriate innovative approaches.
In his message, Secretary Lapeña noted TESDA’s efforts to empower IP communities all over the country.
“TESDA has been actively reaching out to the IP communities in far-flung areas in the country, not only here in Davao del Norte. We partner with other government agencies and even with the private sector to ensure that the needed marketing support to sustain their livelihoods will also be extended to them. TESDA ensures that our kababayans will be able to find employment or start their livelihood after they complete their skills training with us,” he said.
As part of the agreement, TESDA will be providing the IP community with free skills training on construction and agri-related courses which include Agriculture Production NC II, Masonry NC II, Plumbing NCII and Carpentry NC II.
After the MOA signing, the officials did a Ceremonial Tree Planting of Aromatic Coconuts, Cacao, Ube, and Banana.
A part of TESDA’s mandate through the Executive Order 70 is to lead the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood, and Employment Cluster of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict on empowering far-flung communities so they can resist the communist ideologies being fed by the New People’s Army and have sustainable livelihood and development in their localities.