Graduates of TESDA STEP Gets P.6M Grant From DOLE Bicol
By Noe L. Clerigo
Sorsogon City - A total of P651,315.76 worth of livelihood kits were awarded by DOLE Bicol to Seventy (70) graduates of TESDA’ Special Training for Employment Program (STEP) late last week.
This was confirmed by DOLE Sorsogon Provincial Head Ms. Marilyn Loteriña Luzuriaga in her two-page report to DOLE Bicol regional director Atty. Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla.
“The tie-up with TESDA is to ensure that the graduates will have their own tools and can really venture into their own small business. This has been our idea in terms of cultivating alternative livelihood,” DOLE Bicol regional director Atty. Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla said over the local tri-media on Monday.
The beneficiaries, composed of 9 dressmakers, 17 tune-up engine technicians, 9 construction painters, 17 cosmetologists and 18 tile setters came from different Barangays in Sorsogon City, Municipalities of Castilla, Magallanes, Barcelona and Prieto Diaz.
“This is actually the first batch of STEP beneficiaries ever awarded with livelihood kits in the entire Bicol Region,” DOLE Bicol regional director Atty. Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla stressed.
STEP is a community-based specialty training program that addresses the specific skills needs of the communities and promote employment, particularly through entrepreneurial, self-employment and service-oriented activities. Training programs offered are generally short-term modules based on the Training Regulations of TESDA. Its objective is to provide skills and training opportunities to beneficiaries in the Barangays increasing the employability and productivity of these beneficiaries. The program was introduced in 2014 in line with thrust of expanding the reach of TVET to the grassroots.
After STEP, the common problem of graduates is on how to start-up. Some of the gradutes seek employment but most graduates wanted to test their skills and venture into small businesses but their financial resources are often minimal in which they cannot afford to buy the necessary tools and equipment. The livelihood program of DOLE Bicol fits perfectly in this set-up. Combined with the STEP of TESDA, DOLE Bicol’s livelihood program can attain its real objective which is to create employment through generation of sustainable alternative livelihood.
“I am very thankful to DOLE as an allied partner in providing livelihood assistance to the beneficiaries of STEP. This is the objective of our Office under the leadership of Atty. Guiling Mamondiong, Secretary General to provide skills training and apply them to their future employment or endeavor” Mr. Jose V. Serrano, Jr., TESDA-Sorsogon Provincial Director.
“This is the start of what could be a long partnership between DOLE and TESDA here in Sorsogon. Indeed, a real tool in our effort to lessen if not stop unemployment in the region,” DOLE Bicol regional director Atty. Ma. Karina P. Trayvilla ended – fin.
ISO PR Code: 2017_21_gud_mar4_sor_DKTESDA
Department of Labor and Employment
Regional Office No. 5 (DOLE-Bicol)
7 March 2017, 'adopted' rpescalante