TESDA helps rebuild lives of Marawi conflict victims

MANILA-- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has vowed to help rebuild the lives of the victims of Marawi conflict.

Marawi City, Lanao Del Sur is still in crisis, following a clash between the military forces and members of the Maute group last May.

TESDA Director General Guiling Mamondiong, who is from Mindanao, said he also believes that there's a need to help Marawi residents treat their "emotional wounds".

To address this, the agency has started this week the Psychosocial Intervention for the IDP (internally displaced persons) Youth project.

"This will last for three to six months," TESDA told the Philippine News Agency.

About 2,000 evacuees in Iligan City who are 15-20 years old will benefit from this project. They will be provided with Islamic teachings, cultural integration, peace advocacy and livelihood training, with the goal of having them forget their traumatic experiences

Meanwhile, last Wednesday (July 19), TESDA has launched in Iligan City its Massive Skills Training for IDPs.

TESDA estimates 4,500 people from Iligan City and another 900 from Cagayan De Oro City will benefit from this program, which can be availed for free.

There are two phases under this program: Phase 1 (livelihood/short courses) which include Massage Therapy, Food Processing, Cookery, Bread and Pastry Production, Haircutting and Beauty Care.

Phase 2 (construction-related, other in-demand courses), on the other hand, include Plumbing, Welding, Masonry, Pipelifting, Carpentry, Electrical Installation and Maintenance.

The Massive Skills Training for IDPs' launch coincided with the launch of TESDA's Mobile Training Laboratory (MTL), which is the agency's way to provide its skills training program to more Filipinos, especially those in the countryside.

As of Wednesday, 10 provinces (Apayao, Masbate, northern and eastern Samar, Zamboanga Del Norte, Camiguin, Lanao Del Sur, Maguindanao, northern Cotabato, Saranggani) have already been benefiting from the MTL.

TESDA said that eventually, more provinces will benefit from the MTL. The 10 provinces were chosen as priority areas based on their poverty incidence.

Courses included in the MTL are Bread and Pastry, Cookery, Food Processing, Appliance Repair, Electrical Installation and Maintenance, Small Engine Repair and Plumbing

Source: Philippine News Agency