Project “ESEK” of the Technical Education, Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) –Mt. Province in partnership with members of the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster of the Provincial Task Force in Empowering Local Communities to Accelerate Change (the provincial version of end local communist armed conflict (ELCAC) was launched last July.
ESEK stands for Environmental Sustainability through Ecological Kinetics. In the dialect, it means is to plant.
Project ESEK provides training on Organic Agriculture Production NC II with four competencies namely production of organic vegetables, organic fertilizer, organic concoction, and organic poultry or swine.
The project addresses one of the needs of the residents of the barangay that they identified during the barangay consultation conducted by the PTF- ELCAC. Barangay Tamboan is one of the identified ELCAC barangays in the province.
There are 45 beneficiaries under this project and are grouped in three batches. Each batch is composed of 15 individuals who shall undergo the 29- day training on Organic Agriculture Production NC II by the TESDA-Provincial Training Center with Jeff Layog as the trainor.
The first batch had already completed their training while the second batch started last September 28. Both batches are composed of beneficiaries from sitio Dandanac. Farmers from Tamboan proper compose the third batch.
TESDA-PTC Acting Administrator Prosephina P. Pacyado reported that members of the first batch are already started applying what they have learned, some do it in group and others individually.
TESDA has also provided 61 heads of 10-15 day old chicks for the production of organic poultry to the first batch which they will raise as a group.
Aside from the free training on Organic Agriculture Production NCII wherein all materials needed during the training are provided by TESDA, the beneficiaries also receive other benefits during their training like daily allowance of P160.00 per person, an internet load of P500.00, free face masks and face shields, and individual accident insurance with the GSIS applicable for one year.
TESDA also provides free assessment to all the trainees after the training. (JDP/JBS-PIA CAR, Mt. Province)
By Juliet B. Saley