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PIA Press Release
2010/09/16

ICOT-P expands to cover other skills that meet demands of current job market

Tacloban City (September 16) -- The Income Creating Opportunity thru Technology Program (ICOT-P), the Provincial Government of Leyte's priority program for the youth will expand to cover other skills that will match the demands of the current job market.

The additional programs, which will need an appropriation of more or less P16 Million, cover skills trainings such as driving, building wiring installation, electronics repair, basic bookkeeping and housekeeping.

Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho L. Petilla said these are skills, which the present job market look for as "add ons" or extra skills.

"We tend to overlook such skills as we focus on our students' getting hired by finishing four year college courses. However, these days, other special courses and skills would land one a job more than a four year college degree can," Governor Petilla informed.

ICOT-P Program Manager Aurora Villarente said the new skills training would be started this September or October in five identified public secondary schools in the province. This expansion in the ICOT-P program would also target high school students particularly those who are sure not to be able to pursue college education.

One pilot school will be chosen for each of the five congressional district of the province, Mrs. Villarente said.

The original agri-business courses as well as the information and communication technology (ICT) are still on-going among identified schools all over the province.

A brainchild of Governor Petilla, ICOT-P is a landmark pro-poor project that is being implemented by the Provincial Government of Leyte. It focuses on graduating secondary level students who cannot pursue college education, by providing technology and skills transfer initially on modern agriculture and entrepreneurship, thereby creating opportunities for gainful income with the use of technology even without college education.

The ICOT-P envisions to bridge societal divides in the province of Leyte by providing opportunities to young students of Leyte to acquire skills and technologies that will make them productive members of the society despite economic situation in life.

Already, ICOT-P has become a milestone in the provincial government's efforts to provide better quality life for its constituents through community development, values formation and poverty alleviation.

Governor Petilla believes that investing on the youth will not only ensure more productive citizens in the future but will also insure the availability of future leaders running a more stable and more productive province and country. (PIA 8/PMRC) [top]

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