TESDA Presents Programs to IPs in Davao Occidental

With the thrust to help uplift the lives of the indigenous peoples (IPs), the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) region 11 on Friday, March 23, introduced its various programs to the tribal leaders in the province of Davao Occidental during the IP Summit at the New Malita Gymnasium in Malita town.

Regional Operations Division (ROD) Chief Bayani E. Gofredo discussed to more than a hundred of IP leaders the Special Skills Training Program (SSTP) offered by TESDA XI. Gofredo explained that the SSTP is intended to empower the indigenous peoples and cultural communities for them to thrive in today’s world.

The tribal leaders from the different municipalities of Davao Occidental listen to the various programs and projects presented by different government agencies during the “Pangapogan sa Tribo”: the Indigenous People (lP) Summit in Davao Occidental on March 22-23, at the New Malita Gymnasium, Malita, Davao Occidental.

The said program includes free skills training, free assessment, entrepreneurship training, starter toolkits and training support fund (TSF) of P100 per training day attended. The beneficiaries may avail only once in any skills training under this program but they can still avail of other scholarship programs such as Training for Work Scholarship Programs (TWSP), Special Training for Employment Program (STEP), and Private Education Student Financial Assistance (PESFA).

The free skills training program from part of TESDA’s newly-launched National Integration Scholarship Program (NISP) that aims to benefit indigenous peoples (IPs), rebel returnees and Muslim Filipinos.

Gofredo also informed the beneficiaries of the Multi-Purpose Skills Training Court that is proposed to be built in seven areas in region 11 including the Municipality of Malita. He said the training court is set to provide interventions through skills development by providing access to training to the members of the indigenous peoples for self or wage employment to uplift their economic status.

The two-day IP Summit dubbed as “Pangapogan sa Tribo” was conducted by the Provincial Government of Davao Occidental led by Governor Claude P. Bautista and in coordination with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)- Davao Occidental Provincial Office, National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP), Philippine National Police (PNP) and Philippine Army. The summit provided a venue for the tribal leaders to discuss issues and concerns on their communities with the authorities and they were also informed of the various programs of the different government agencies which they can avail. (TESDAXI-ROD)

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