Feature: Graduation need became income-generating catalyst
By Gilda V. Llames
Bataan (11 October) -- What started as a simple requirement for college graduation may yet serve as catalyst that could generate income for jobless women of Cupang North in Balanga City.
Ten senior students taking up Bachelor in Elementary Education from Tomas Del Rosario College chose Cupang North for their barangay emersion program upon recommendation of their professor, Mrs. Lourdes L.Valdecanas, who is a resident of the community.
What the students did first was conduct a survey to determine problems existing in the area and the priority needs of residents.
According to Angelica Tupas, leader of the group, interviewees listed the lack of employment opportunities or job-generating projects as their No.1 problem.
The students then consulted the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) of the Provincial Government which in turn recommended that the group coordinate with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
Last October 10, a candle-making seminar, spearheaded by a trainer from TESDA was held in Cupang North and was attended by 35 jobless residents of the barangay.
Materials used for the manufacture of candles, snacks of participants and honorarium of the trainer were all provided for by the students.
After the skills training, participants were advised by the PESO to organize themselves into a cooperative or organization so that they could request funding from concerned financial institutions.
According to the PESO, the Office of Governor Enrique T. Garcia Jr. would be more than willing to extend seed money for the "candle-makers" of Cupang North.
The senior students of T.Del Rosario College passed their barangay emersion with "flying colors", according to Professor Valdecanas, but more than the high marks they got, the bigger achievement was that they have become instrumental in providing a new skill for jobless residents and the possibility of additional family incomes. (PIA-Bataan) [top]