350 Bacolodnons finish TraBAJO courses

A total of 350 Bacolodnons have finished their respective courses under scholarship grants from the Training for Better Access to Job Opportunities (TraBAJO) program.

SCHOLARS. Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia addresses the 350 TraBAJO scholars during their graduation rites at the Bacolod City Government Center last Dec. 10.*

The TraBAJO scholars held their graduation rites at the Bacolod City Government Center lobby last Dec. 10.

They were the first batch of graduates under the TraBAJO program in Bacolod.

The courses offered were Cookery NC II, Massage NC II, Food and Beverage Services NC II, Housekeeping NC II, and Bread and Pastry Production NC II.

They went to four technical vocational institutions: Master Global Education and Livelihood, First Academy of Skills and Technology, Excelsius Technical and Vocational Training Center, and VMA Global College and Training Center.

Gracing the graduation rites were Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Marissa Costelo, DILG focal person for TraBAJO program in Negros Occidental, executive assistant Marivic Canada; professors and trainers of the TraBAJO program; officials and representatives of partner institutions, and families and friends of the graduates.

Leonardia, in his honorary message, emphasized the importance of education for every individual. He challenged all the graduates to use their skills not only to make their own lives better but also to contribute to the growth of the City of Bacolod.

“If you have to do a job, do it right and do it well,” the mayor said.

“That’s the least that we can do to please the DILG—that came up with this program— because they want us to improve as a people,” he added.

The TraBAJO program is a pilot project of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) aimed at reducing poverty and creating massive quality employment.

In January, the DILG allotted P15 million for Bacolod City, and P5 million each for the provincial government of Negros Occidental, and city government of Talisay and Silay for their respective TraBAJO programs.

The training is based on Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) standards, thus all graduates are given TESDA certificates.

PESO-Bacolod head Anthony Jose Ayco earlier said after the training, the beneficiaries will undergo an assessment with TESDA and will receive a TESDA certificate if they passed.

TraBAJO is also aimed at capacitating local government units (LGUs) to develop their Workforce Development Program and provide support in preparing their communities the necessary skilled manpower requirement of private enterprises.

TraBAJO will be implemented for three years, including the monitoring and evaluation of project implementation, and deployment of the training-beneficiaries.*


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