100 out-of-school youth in Marawi benefit from livelihood camp
by Apipa P. Bagumbaran
Marawi City (4 June) -- More than 100 out-of-school youth (OSY) and unemployed women gained relevant livelihood skills during the 1st Marawi Livelihood Skills Training Camp held at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Provincial/City Manpower Development Center (PCMDC) in this city from May 13 to June 2, 2009.
This was revealed by TESDA Lanao del Sur Provincial Director Tarhata S. Mapandi saying that the livelihood camp provided them skills to give them more opportunities for employment.
The skills training was funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) under its Education Quality and Access for Learning and Livelihood Skills (EQuALLS2) project and implemented by Synergeia Foundation in partnership with TESDA Lanao del Sur.
Other partners who assisted in carrying out the livelihood camp were Department of Education (DepEd) and Mindaranao Technical Professionals for Integrated Development, Inc. (MINTEPID).
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) also helped by giving an orientation on entrepreneurship and teaching the participants about cooperatives.
According to the Provincial Director, the participants learned food processing, bread making, banana chips making, candle making, building wiring installation and carpentry.
She also disclosed that 22 building wiring installation toolkits and 17 carpentry toolkits were given during the completion ceremony.
Another livelihood camp is meanwhile set on June 14 in the town of Ganassi, Lanao del Sur. EQuALLS2 and Synergeia were the one who determines the location for the livelihood camp while TESDA do the delivery and monitoring of the training, Director Mapandi added. (PIA-Marawi City) [top]