64 drug reformists in Bataan finish TESDA training courses

ORANI, Bataan� A brighter future awaits 64 drug reformists here after they completed training on courses accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Felicito Payumo, president of the University of Nueva Caceres (UNC)- Bataan, congratulated the graduates as they received their training certificates during the graduation rites at the Bahay Pagbabago earlier this week.

You can now use whatever you have learned in case you want to apply for work as skilled laborer. If you want to put up small business, it is also applicable, Payumo, former chairman of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority and the Bases Conversion Development Authority, said.

Payumo said that TESDA courses like those given to drug reformists from Orani were provided by UNC-Bataan.

He said that the school brings mobile training to include instructors, machines and materials to places where drug reformists are.

We are offering courses which the drug reformists want for the start of their new meaningful lives, Payumo, also a former three-term Bataan congressman, said.

TESDA courses offered by UNC-Bataan are shielded metal arc welding NCI; shielded metal arc welding NCII; food and beverage services NCII; housekeeping NCII; front office NCII; agricultural crop production NCI; and computer system servicing NCII.

Grace Vibar, UNC TESDA school coordinator, said 48 reformists graduated from shielded metal arc welding NCI and 16 from computer systems servicing.

The training started on Dec. 28, 2017 and ended February 9, 2018.

Vibar said their school started offering TESDA courses in 2015 with the completion of five batches in welding, two batches in food and beverage services and computer servicing.

Chief Inspector Leovaldo Bacon, Orani police chief, said the graduates were former drug dependents in the town who surrendered voluntarily to the authorities.

Source: Philippine News Agency