March 5, 2017
Some 100 inmates in municipal and city jails nationwide will be given skills training by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
TESDA Director General, Secretary Guiling “Gene” Mamondiong said that the offering of skills training for inmates is part of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed between TESDA and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).
Among the courses which the inmates could avail of include Front Office Services NC2; Customer Service NC2; Barista NC2; HEO Forklift NC2; Automotive Servicing NC1; Food Processing NC3; Hilot Wellness Massage NC2; Motorcycle/Small Engine Services NC2; Bread and Pastry NC2; Nail Care NC2; Massage Therapy NC2; Beauty Care NC2; Housekeeping NC3; Organic Agriculture NC2; Animal Production NC2 and Cookery NC2.
Even the family members of the inmates may avail of the free skills training program offered by TESDA.
It would be recalled that Mamondiong and BJMP Chief, Jail/Director Serafin Barretto, Jr. signed the MOA last December 6, 2016. On January 9, the skills training project kicked off at the Makati City Jail in consonance with the Integration Through Skills Development program.
Last February 24, a total of 211 inmates received the National Certificate (NC) from TESDA after they finished their skills training and eventually passed its assessment.
Mamondiong ordered all regional and provincial directors of TESDA to coordinate with their respective jail bureaus and enlist the inmates qualified for the skill training program.