BAGUIO CITY, Feb. 7 (PIA) -- Forty three men and women successfully completed their technical – vocational courses and were provided with livelihood tool kits under the Special Training for Employment Program (STEP).
A program of the Office of Congressman Mark Go, in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Cordillera Regional Office (TESDA – CAR), STEP beneficiaries are out - of - school youths and some college graduates.
Of the 43 graduates, 19 finished Auto Electrical Service while 24 took – up Pastry Making course at the Northphil Polytechnic Institute Inc. and CHETS Academy, respectively. Both schools are TESDA partner tech – voc institutions.
In a simple graduation ceremony at the City Hall Multi – Purpose Hall last February 2, TESDA – CAR Regional Director Efren Piñol and TESDA Baguio – Benguet Provincial Director Manuel Wong assisted Cong. Go in awarding certificate of training completion to the graduates.
The pastry making graduates were also awarded tool kits that include electric oven, two sets of measuring cups, three pieces of mixing bowl and four pieces of muffin pans.
For the Auto Electrical Service course graduates, they were awarded with a battery load tester, electrical plier and 7 – piece set of screw drivers.
Go urged the graduates that it is now time to put meaning on the hard work by applying what they have learned which provides them the opportunity to become entrepreneurs, start a business or work in companies.
Piñol, on the other hand, challenged them to always look back and remember those who have helped them and be inspired to give back and help others, as he called for continuing partnership with the Office of the Congressman in providing skills training to deserving beneficiaries from the different barangays of Baguio City.
In behalf of the graduates, Party Making graduate Lisa Amansec expressed their gratitude to Go, TESDA – CAR and the other stakeholders who assisted them in the training.
‘We are grateful and honored as this training is a big blessing for us and as you have inspired us to use the skills we have learned (for livelihood or employment opportunity), we will open our minds towards that goal’, Amansec said. Carlito C. Dar(JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)