TESDA brightens Taal-affected villages with solar lights, installation training

Amid the tension and danger of the Taal Volcano which started erupting on Sunday, January 12, 2020, various government agencies including the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) immediately responded to the needs of affected residents temporarily staying at evacuation centers provided by local government units of Batangas and Cavite.

Due to the calamity, displaced residents were rattled with difficulties including the deficiency of power supply which the TESDA Region IV-A (CALABARZON) noted on its list to be addressed.

Through its Provincial Training Center (PTC) in Rosario, Cavite which is a pioneer in providing training for Photovoltaic Systems Installation NC II all throughout Luzon and Visayas, evacuees were provided with free training on Basic Solar Lighting System Installation.

PTC-Rosario Acting Administrator Marlon Hubilla emphasized that TESDA has a mandate to provide relevant, accessible, high-quality and efficient technical education and skills development for Filipinos.

"We want to provide extension programs related to Photovoltaic Systems Installation to make the skills training accessible to our calamity-affected barangays and helping them to be empowered again by bridging the gap between education and employment through partnerships with different organizations and institutions," said Hubilla.

Under its Turn On The Sun (TOTS) Project, the said training center also donated 10 30-watts solar-powered floodlights in Balayan, Batangas and installed another 10 units at an evacuation center in Alfonso, Cavite.

With the help of its regional and provincial offices, and partners, TESDA also delivered thousands of relief packs, water, pastries, hygiene and dental kits, face masks and was even able to raise a monetary donation for the evacuees of the two provinces.

TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña also issued a directive to provide Taal evacuees other trainings like rag or doormat-making, hollow block-making using ash, as well as construction painting, carpentry, masonry, scaffold erection, and electrical installation and maintenance.

"I’d like to assure our kababayans that TESDA is here to assist them as they try to rebuild their lives. Whether they want to learn new skills for a new job, or start a new livelihood, TESDA is ready to help them," Lapeña said.

A trainer from PTC-Rosario demonstrating how to install solar-powered floodlights to Taal-affected residents in Balayan, Batangas

Taal-affected residents participating in the installation of solar-powered flood lights after their training in Balayan, Batangas.

PTC-Rosario personnel and Taal-affected residents working hand in hand to install solar-powered flood lights in Alfonso, Cavite.

A solar-powered flood light finally installed at an evacuation center in Alfonso, Cavite.