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TESDA holds mass induction for BKKK skills trainees

KALIBO, Aklan, Philippines – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Aklan Provincial Office recently held a Mass Training Induction Program for training beneficiaries of its Barangay Kasanayan para sa Kabuhayan at Kapayapaan (BKKK).
The mass induction was conducted at the Montfort Technical Institute in New Washington, Aklan, and attended by more or less a thousand inductees/beneficiaries coming from various municipalities of the province.
The BKKK aims to provide suitable skills training programs at the barangay level, and is geared at establishing close links with barangay chairpersons to bring the technical-vocational programs closer to the grassroots level.
Dr. Julius Sol Jamero, TESDA-Aklan Provincial Director, said that as many as 2,500 Aklanon beneficiaries could be trained under the program on various qualifications provided that trainees would render 100% attendance.
Their 100% attendance is essential in order to pass assessments, after which successful trainees will get National Certifications (NC) I, II, or III.
Jamero said trainings and assessments of BKKK beneficiaries in Aklan will be given for free.
Besides the BKKK trainings, TESDA will also be providing emergency skills training programs for drug surrenderers in the province.
TESDA will also provide emergency trainings for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and family members, and dependents of members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
These groups, according to Jamero, will be receiving P100.00 daily allowance on top of the free trainings and assessments they would undergo.
TESDA has listed in Aklan 24 partner institutions where BKKK beneficiaries could avail of various skills trainings, ranging from driving, agricultural crops production, organic agriculture production, food and beverages services, English language proficiency, bread and pastry production, Housekeeping, security service, massage therapy, dressmaking, automotive servicing, electronic products assembly, computer systems servicing, hairdressing, beauty care services, motorcycle/small engine services, shielded metal arc welding, Carpentry, Bookkeeping, Caregiving, health care services, Cookery, Wellness Massage, Events Management Services and Emergency Medical Services.
Schools/Institutions where these Aklanon beneficiaries could train can be found in Banga, Kalibo, Lezo, Boracay Island, Malay, New Washington, Numancia, Nabas, and Ibajay composed of colleges, training schools for security guards, culinary schools, massage spa, business center and government training centers.
The mass induction was also graced by representatives of Aklan officials like Nonoy Macahilig who represented Cong. Carlito Marquez, and Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Nemesio Neron who represented Governor Florencio T. Miraflores.
New Washington mayor Shimonette Francisco also attended the activity, who urged the beneficiaries to give their full commitment to the trainings by finishing their courses.
“Upgrade your life. The government has a lot to offer. I am looking forward to your graduation”, Mayor Francisco told the beneficiaries.

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.