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Ilocano cooks and welders to benefit from DOLE livelihood


Some 100 certified welders and cooks from the province of Ilocos Sur are among the latest beneficiaries of the DOLE-Regional Office I’s livelihood program. 

DOLE-RO I Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra led the turn-over of P2 million worth of Kabuhayan Starter Kits (KSK) to 50 Cookery NC II holders from the second district of the province and 50 Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC II holders from various municipalities on March 17 and 25, respectively.  

The cookery graduates have completed their four-month course at a TESDA-accredited school under the scholarship program of Congressman Eric Singson and have passed the assessment administered by the TESDA.  Under the KSK, the beneficiaries received tools such as collapsible promotion vendo or food cart, single burner, LPG cylinder and fittings, deep fryer, stainless steamer, food tongs, spatulas, squeeze bottles, knives, cutting board, sauce pan and food supplies.  

Eulysis Sipin, the class topnotcher, expressed his excitement about having his own small food business.  With it, he can help augment the income of his family, he told.  

“I am thankful to the government for giving us the means to improve our living conditions,” the 23-year-old resident of Santiago, Ilocos Sur said. 

Forty-year-old Romie Molina, on the other hand, was among the 50 beneficiaries who earned their SMAW competencies after finishing the 33-day course under the TESDA’s Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) through the initiative of Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Luis Singson and Vice-Governor Jeremias Singson. 

The SMAW graduates were given their KSK consisting of portable welding machine, angle grinder, welding apron, welding mask, gloves, electrode holder, steel brush, measuring tape, chipping hammer, C clamp, digital vernier clipper, hammer and welding rod. 

“The KSK is a laudable government project because it helps people establish their livelihood through new skills and start-up capital,” he said, adding that he plans to put up his own welding shop. 

Through starter kits, beneficiaries of the KSK are able to quickly engage in self-employment activities that contribute to massive job generation and poverty reduction. END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez with reports from Sherwin Keith Abalos, DOLE-ISFO

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