By Francisco E. Dosdos, Jr.
ILIGAN City — Four million pesos has been earmarked for training of Iliganons under the Special Training for Employment Program (Step), this year, announced the Tesda Lanao del Norte Provincial Director recently.
In an induction ceremony, at the Bag-ong Silang Gym here, Director Norayda Acas told 323 trainees on various skills that they are fortunate to have a budget of P4 million inserted by Iligan Rep. Frederick Siao in Tesda’s budget provided in the General Appropriations Act of 2018.
She said more batches will be created soon as this batch would spend only P1,983,150.
A list given to reporters shows that 15 will train on Production of Organic Vegetables, 15 on Diesel Engine Tune Up, 15 on Gas Engine Tune Up, 10 on Servicing of Automotive Electrical Components, 15 on Electrical Installation and Maintenance, 15 on Shielded Metal Arc Welding, 15 to Assemble Electronic Products, 15 Service Consumer Electronics Products and Systems, 15 Service Industrial Electronic Modules, Products and Systems, 15 Dressmaking, Manicure and Pedicure, and the others to train on other skills.
Siao who was invited to the occasion said he did his best efforts to have the amount allotted in the Tesda budget because skills acquisition among the people is the main tool that they can use in their lifetime.
“Once you learn a skill it becomes a part of you and no one can ever take it away from you,” he told the trainees.
Businessman Marianito Alemania who was also invited to speak during the affair shared that it was skills training of his people that made his business one big organization that has branches all over the country.
Alemania was introduced as the owner of Plaza Alemania, a hotel he built from the bankrupt Iligan Day Inn and the Madelicious Chain of Restaurants and Bake Shops throughout the country.
He said he started with a lone bakeshop in Palao, Iligan; with a continuing training of his people he was able to build a workforce ready to operate any new branch that may be needed to be built.