Tabuk City, Kalinga – Some 371 scholars of Technical Education Skills and Development Authority-Kalinga received their livelihood starter tool kits during the ceremonial awarding of the equipment and materials held on Thursday, July 28, at the TESDA compound.
The scholars underwent free training under the department’s Special Training for Employment Program (STEP) from May 2021 to May 2022.
STEP is TESDA’s community-based training program that seeks to address the specific skills needs of the communities and promote employment through entrepreneurial, self-employment, and service-oriented activities.
The provision of starter kits was made possible through the initiative of Congressman Allen Jesse Mangaoang who allocated a P2 million fund for the training cost, assessment fee, daily allowance, and tool kits for each trainee.
With the release of tool kits containing the start-up materials, scholars who finished electrical installation and maintenance, tile setting, animal production, carpentry, bread and pastry production, among others may now start generating income on their own.
Meantime, the start-up kits for 16 other scholars who trained on plant crops shall be given at a later date.
Mangaoang earlier challenged the STEP graduates to apply the competencies they gained throughout their training in starting their own business, so they become part of fully skilled workers not only in Kalinga province but also in the Cordillera region.
For STEP 2022, the solon funded a total of P2,532,555.80 for 156 yKalinga-recipients.
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