In the aftermath of the Magnitude 7 earthquake, the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office 1 (DOLE RO1) has partnered with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Local Government Units (LGUs) to provide technical skills training to unemployed individuals in Ilocos, to empower them towards economic recovery.

“The earthquake has wreaked havoc to properties of marginalized and disadvantaged families in Region 1, aggravating their economic conditions already worsened by the pandemic,” said Regional Director Atty. Evelyn Ramos.

“Thus, the DOLE acts with urgency to help unemployed individuals, and capacitate them and leverage on their abilities,” she added.

Per directive of Secretary Bienvenido E. Laguesma and guided by the Terms of Reference (TOR) between DOLE and TESDA, DOLE RO1 has immediately coordinated with TESDA Regional Office 1 to roll out the Skills Training Cum Production.

Consequently, RD Vincent Cifra initially committed to provide 37 training slots for National Certificate II (NC II) on Carpentry.

Said slots are given to 37 trainees from Ilocos Sur, which experienced severe damages given the province’s proximity to Abra, the earthquake’s epicenter.

The Ilocos Sur trainees will undergo 162-hour Carpentry training on August 3-September 14, 2022. They will receive P160 allowance per day.

TESDA will provide the trainers; while LGUs Tagudin and Burgos shall sponsor the venue, meals and other training needs.

The trainees are from the towns of Burgos (11 trainees), Narvacan (6), and Tagudin (20).

After completion of the training, the DOLE shall also give each trainee a livelihood starter kit worth P30,000 to jumpstart self-employment using their acquired skills.

DOLE RO1 is also in talks with the construction industry employers in Ilocos Sur, through its Industry Tripartite Council (ITC), for referral and possible job placement, using their newly-acquired carpentry skills.

DOLE RO1 was able to identify said trainees through the Public Employment Information System (PEIS), wherein they were registered as jobseekers needing assistance for employment and upskilling.

Qualified skills trainees from Ilocos Norte, La Union and Pangasinan shall also be gathered soon for NC II Programs on Carpentry, Masonry, Plumbing, and Electrical Installation.

Last Updated on August 4, 2022 by Justin Paul Marbella