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PIA Press Release
2010/06/19

TESDA turns over hollow block molders

by Juliet B. Saley

Tadian, Mt. Province (19 June) -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Mt. Province turned over five hollow block molders to beneficiaries in barangays Kayan East and West of this municipality.

TESDA Provincial Director Gabriel Cayacay said these equipment worth P47,145.00 were funded under the Development Alternative in Livelihood Opportunities for Growth project of the provincial government facilitated by TESDA.

The project aims to support the beneficiaries who are unemployed and who are economically inadequate, provide adequate common service equipment and facilities and to deliver basic services and create additional opportunities in order to increase the level of family income.

He said of the five molders, two were given to beneficiaries in Kayan West and the other three were given to beneficiaries in Kayan East which they can use to generate income.

These molders were supported by a Memorandum of Receipt, and guidelines on the use of the equipment were also provided. Members of the organization should maintain the molders in good condition.

The beneficiaries of the molders, who underwent hollow block training last year, formed an organization known as the Barangay Construction Brigade.

It will be recalled that there were 40 beneficiaries trained on masonry (hollow block making) under the Enhancing Assistance Rehabilitation Network (EARN) project implemented at Kayan funded under the Development Alternative in Livelihood Opportunities for Growth project of the provincial government. Aside from free training, each trainee was also given a daily allowance of P60.00 per day.

Cayacay said the materials used during the training like sand and cement were also provided by the province and their outputs (hollow blocks) were used in the construction of the houses of victims of the tragedy in Kayan during typhoon Pepeng last year.

Cayacay said the duration of the EARN project is already terminated but the owners of the houses still continue the work which they themselves are providing the funds or funds are coming from other institutions. (PIA-MP) [top]

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