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PIA Press Release
2010/01/23

TESDA Abra partners with Rotary Club of Bangued for continued service to Abrenios

by Maritess Beņas

Pidigan, Abra (23 January) -- Lack of funds does not deter the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to continue its service delivery in the province.

TESDA-Abra headed by Director Conrado Maraan, Jr. partnered with the Rotary Club of Bangued in order to accede to the request of the people of Bucay for training on massage therapy.

The series of training on massage therapy conducted at the Cristina Gonzales B. Memorial High School (CBGMHS) for two months last year was not part of the regular-funded training program of the agency. But because the people themselves had asked for it, TESDA sought sponsorship of a volunteer organization that is willing to shoulder the costs of the training.

The Rotary Club of Bangued headed by Architect Antonio Go readily agreed to sponsor the training since one of the outreach programs of the Rotary Club is to help develop entrepreneurs in the countryside and help generate income and livelihood.

According to Freddie Barona of TESDA-Abra, there were 41 participants who completed the training on massage therapy last month. The participants who were mostly youth and women age 17 to 42 came from the different barangays of Bucay namely Labon, Layugan, Poblacion East and West, Banglolao, BLISS, and San Miguel.

Daisy Berce, a graduate of TESDA in massage therapy served as the trainer.

Aside from sponsoring the training costs, the Rotary Club of Bangued also gave the trainees massage kit which contained T-Shirt, efficacent oil, alcohol and bag.

Meanwhile, the regular in-house training program of TESDA-Abra is still on-going. Courses offered are automotive mechanics, driving and welding. There is a free dormitory where trainees from far-flung municipalities can stay for free during the duration of their training. (PIA-Abra) [top]

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