October 11, 2021

Taguig City – More training centers are set to be built nationwide as the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) forged partnerships with local stakeholders in the provinces.

TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña personally led the groundbreaking ceremony of the Provincial Training Center (PTC) – Kidapawan in Cotabato province and PTC-Roxas in Palawan last September 30 and October 8 respectively.

Lapeña signed a Deed of Usufruct with Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco that allots 5,000 square meters of land for the said PTC which is located at Capitol Compound in Barangay Amas. This is the second PTC in the Cotabato province.

It can be recalled that last December 2020, Lapeña led the groundbreaking ceremony of TESDA PTC in the Municipality of Pigcawayan and fulfilled the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to establish a training center there.

Lapeña expressed his gratitude to the provincial government and assured that enough budget will be allocated to the PTC which is being established under a training-cum-production scheme.

“This agreement also affirms the strong commitment of the Provincial Government of Cotabato and TESDA to expand quality TVET programs and projects in the province,” Lapeña said during his speech.

Catamco likewise thanked TESDA for its support that despite the current pandemic, it continues to provide interventions to indigenous people (IPs) and former rebels.

Also present during the ceremony were TESDA Deputy Director General Lina Sarmiento, TESDA XII Regional Director Rafael Abrogar II, TESDA North Cotabato Provincial Director Norayah Acas, and 3rd District Representative Jose Tejada.

Meanwhile, Palawan is also set to have its own PTC after Lapeña led the groundbreaking ceremony of the said PTC on October 8. The PTC is located at Barangay Magara in the Municipality of Roxas.

Local leaders led by Gov. Jose Chavez Alvarez, Roxas Mayor Dennis Sabando, and Board Member Ma. Angela Sabando joined Lapeña during the event.

The TESDA Chief said that the training center will bring the agency’s development programs to more Filipinos, particularly, the former rebels and those belonging to the indigenous communities and the marginalized sector.

“Rest assured that TESDA and PRLEC will continuously serve our kababayans through livelihood and training programs to help them improve their lives,” Lapeña said.

TESDA chairs the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC), of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) that aims to develop self-reliant, productive, resilient and sustainable communities through harmonized and culturally responsive development programs. ###