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TESDA trainees construct houses of Kayan typhoon victims

by Juliet B. Saley

Tadian, Mt. Province (27 February) -- To help in the construction of houses damaged by typhoon Pepeng in barangay Kayan in this municipality, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Mt. Province conducted trainings on Masonry, Carpentry and House Wiring to immediate members or representatives of the affected families.

TESDA Provincial Director Gabriel Cayacay said this program is under the agency's Enhancing Assistance Thru Rehabilitation Network (EARN) funded by the Development Alternative in Livelihood Opportunities for Growth program of the provincial government of Mt. Province and the Priority Development Assistance Fund(PDAF).

Based on the TESDA data, there were two batches of 20 trainees per batch who were trained on Carpentry for 25 days, two batches of 20 trainees each on Masonry (hallow block making, hallow block laying and plastering)for 15 days, and 20 trainees on House Wiring for 19 days. These trainees are given P60.00 allowance per day during their training which was provided by the PDAF and the Development Alternative in Livelihood Opportunities for Growth program.

Aside from allowance for trainees, the Development Alternative in Livelihood Opportunities for Growth program provided P 120,000.00 for the purchase of 12.8 cubic meter sand and 240 bags of cement which were used in the hallow block making.

Cayacay said this is a training cum production because output of these trainees is the construction of houses of the affected families.

According to Josephine Daoan, coordinator of the on going rehabilitation program in Kayan,the trainees have already built the structure (with walls and roofing) of 14 houses. Aside from these trainees there were also people who came from the nearby barangays to help especially in the "buhos." Six houses are still to be constructed.

She said the hallow blocks made by the trainees were divided among the 12 affected families who are not Children Christian Fund (CCF) beneficiaries. She said there are ten families benefiting from the CCF who are given P75,000.00 each worth of construction materials.

Dawan said the Kayan Mission has also provided P90,000.00 (P50,000.00 from the Assissi Foundation and P40,000.00 from the ALAY Kapwa) each to the 17 totally damaged houses including those who benefited from the CCF.

She said the Igorot Global Organization has also provided an amount of P64,000.00 for housing assistance to one of the affected families and PAG-IBIG Baguio provided P70,000.00 to another family for housing assistance.

The amount of P47,145.00 from the PDAF will be used for the purchase of electrical supplies for house wiring to be divided among the affected families.

Daoan said whatever is lacking to complete the house will be the counterpart of the family. (PIA-MP) [top]

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