The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and partners Department of Education (DepEd), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Tagum Water District signed on September 30, 2015 in Tagum City a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) binding the agencies in the provision of support for 30 Out of School Youths who will undergo a 100 hour skills training on Plumbing NC II.

In this convergence of resources, the TESDA committed to provide the qualified and competent trainer and assessor of the beneficiaries; the DepEd Tagum City Division shall screen, select and monitor the attendance of the beneficiaries thru its About Alam program; the Tagum Water District shall provide the Trainer’s honorarium and training venue; and the DOLE shall provide the training materials and the Starter Kits to each trainee after the completion of the required 100 hour skills training period under the DOLE Kabuhayan Starter Kits project.

DOLE XI Regional Director Joffrey M. Suyao said that the DOLE Starter Kits project is a livelihood formation strategy of the DOLE that is intended to bring about improved socio-economic well-being of workers in the informal economy.  “This project will enable our unemployed and out of school young people to acquire skills and start quickly a livelihood undertaking and become self-employed.  Together with our partner agencies, we have resolved to pool our resources and help produce quality human resource who are not only equipped to venture into self-employment, but are skilled and ready to face the growing demands of industries in the region,” Suyao added.

The Abot Alam skills development and community-based training on plumbing shall commence on October 10, 2015 at the Tagum Water District to cover the TESDA-required 100 training hours on basic, common and core competencies to qualify for National Competency assessment. LGU/DNFO