Reaching the ‘unreached’ through Capiz TOP

By: Jemin B. Guillermo

“We want to reach as many Capiceños as we can, because we want them to feel that the government is working for them,” said Capiz Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director Abdel Bakhri Hajan.

In the agency’s 4th leg of the one-day training dubbed “Capiz Training Outreach Program” (CapizTOP) hosted by the local government of Jamindan recently, more residents availed of the various skills training programs.

House helpers, solo parents, indigenous peoples, persons with disability (PWDs), drug surrenderers, and students are just among the 3,000 residents of Jamindan who were reached by TESDA for a training program.

“We want to reach everyone, here and those in far flung villages. We want that social services will be felt by the people and no one will be left behind,” Hajan said, citing the participation of the IPs and other marginalized sector in their skills training program.

This is our affirmation that “with TESDA, Abot Lahat,” he said.

A total of nine training courses were offered to residents of Jamindan, namely computer literacy, cooking, baking, aircon cleaning, basic hilot, basic housekeeping, basic emergency response, rug making and basic first aid with dengue awareness.

Jamindan town Mayor Mac Artur Valdemar, expressed appreciation to TESDA for the training programs the agency has provided to his people.

“With the proper education and training for our people, they become more prepared and confident to overcome the challenges in their daily lives,” he said.

Equipped with the skills and knowledge, Jamindan’s dream to become progressive with the residents having livelihood, productive, empowered and have earnings, will be realized, Valdemar said.

He also assured his constituents of the LGU’s help to them as they want to invest in their people are their assets towards progress.

CapizTOP, which was launched in Pontevedra town, July 18, has the commitment and support of the Capiz TESDA Schools Association (CAPTESA) led by its president Dr. Jinky Lynn Benliro-Contreras.

CAPTESA provides trainors for free to the various skills training services of the CapizTOP activities in the various towns here.

Earlier, thousands of residents in Ivisan and Sigma towns have also benefited from the TESDA’s CapizTOP one day skills training activities. (PIA)