TESDA to give free skills training to PWDs, members of media and kin

admin   •   February 16, 2017   •   11136

MANILA — The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) have signed on Wednesday, an agreement to give free skills training to persons with disabilities (PWDs) nationwide.

The Training for Work Scholarship Program will help PWDs acquire the national certificate necessary for job application in the country and even abroad.

“We will consult with industry — the employers, the groups generating jobs in this country. We will make sure that there is no discrimination,” said TESDA Director General Secretary Guiling “Gene” Mamondiong.

“They [PWDs] are also human beings deserving the assistance of the government as well as the private sector.”

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Also this afternoon, TESDA and the National Press Club of the Philippines (NPCP) signed an agreement that would provide free skills training program for the press and their dependents.

TESDA will proceed with preparing the curriculum as well as the trainers for the opening of TESDA’S skills training program to persons with disabilities and members of the media and their dependents. — UNTV News and Rescue

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DA, TESDA eye more training sessions for farming, urban agri-production

Robie de Guzman   •   April 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Tuesday announced it has signed an agreement with the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) to offer more training sessions in farming and urban agriculture to address the pressing demand to boost food production.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar said the partnership with TESDA is part of a broader food security effort as parts of the country prepare to shift to a less restrictive form of community quarantine against novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Several areas in the country that have moderate or low virus risk will be placed under general community quarantine beginning May 1, as recently announced by the government.

Dar said these training periods seek to further enhance the skills and know-how of farmers under the “new normal” era in agricultural production, and food value chain.

“Our farmers need a complete package of support and technical assistance to enable them to produce more. In this regard, we welcome the TESDA as a partner as together we confront the ‘new normal’ environment as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said in a statement issued on Monday.

Dar said he and TESDA Director-General Isidro Lapeña recently reached the agreement to craft a training design that will specifically address the emerging needs of farmers in terms of skills development to cope with the current national state of emergency and Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.

“While we are combating the COVID-19 pandemic, we should at the same time empower farmers to improve their productivity, and thus contribute to increasing the country’s food adequacy level. And we must assist them to succeed in this quest,” he said.

For his part, Lapeña said that agriculture has been their top priority and that training institutions have been directed to prioritize the agri-sector in allocating budget for their skills training.

“In this time of pandemic, we are now seeing the importance of food security. We can utilize both big and small spaces to plant vegetables,” he said.

The DA chief said the plan on capacity enhancement for agricultural production will initially focus on urban agriculture, rice production, livestock and poultry raising, among other modules — anchored on the DA’s Plant, Plant, Plant Program or the Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat (ALPAS) kontra COVID-19.

“We will strongly coordinate with TESDA to hasten the conduct of these trainings in a manner that follows current quarantine protocols,” he added.

DILG orders LGUs to prioritize PWDs in COVID-19 relief distribution

Robie de Guzman   •   April 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Friday directed local government units (LGU) to prioritize persons with disabilities (PWD) in the distribution of relief goods amid the enforcement of enhanced community quarantine against novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said PWDs are part of the marginalized sector and should be given attention all the more during the COVID-19 crisis.

“The ECQ is more challenging to vulnerable groups like PWDs. The DILG urges LGUs to prioritize PWDs in distributing food packs, medicine, and vitamins,” Año said in a statement.

In Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 2020-066, provincial governors are enjoined to ensure that their city and municipal mayors shall include PWDs in their list of beneficiaries and indicate the recipients’ disability.

Barangay officials should make a list which will be submitted to mayors and governors. The data will then be forwarded to the DILG for consolidation of reports.

Barangays should also ensure that PWDs have access to adequate and nutritious food as provided by law.

“They should also allow the use of barangay vehicle for PWDs under emergency situation. Municipal and City Governments shall support the barangay immediately during such urgent situation should the barangay request for support,” the memorandum read.

The MC was issued by the DILG following reports received by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) from the PWD sector about their growing concerns amidst the Covid-19 situation in the country.

“PWDs may find it harder to protect themselves against Covid-19. Thus, I am prodding all local chief executives to provide for the welfare of PWDs for them to cope up with the impact of the ECQ to their lives considering that they have special needs,” Año said.

PCG saves two PWDs accidentally left behind during evacuation

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 20, 2020

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) have rescued two persons with disability (PWDs) who were “unknowingly left behind” during the evacuation in Agoncillio, Batangas.

The PCG received a call from the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) about two persons with mental illness who were unintentionally left by their families during the evacuation.

The two individuals who haven’t eaten in days, were found inside a house. Authorities immediately responded and provided them with food and water.

PCG Spokesperson Capt. Armand Balilo said one of the rescued individuals was locked in a room.

“Ang aming iniisip na baka binabalikan ng mga kamag-anak, pero dahil sa completely hindi na pinapayagan na bumalik sa Agoncillo muna, eh baka ganoon na nga ang nagyari, napabayaan na, (We were thinking that the relatives tried to return for them but since the lockdown in Agoncillo, they were not able to do so),” he said.

Balilo said the rescued individuals already received medical treatment and were turned over to the Regional Emergency Response Team in Cavite.

He also said that the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) will coordinate with the relatives of the individuals.

Meanwhile, rescue and massive relief operations in the affected areas of the Taal eruption continues. Alert level 4 is still raised in the region.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)


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