Twenty five of the 35 trainees [first of three batches for 2009] finally finished the two-week vocational education on March 17, this year, at ARMM’s Regional Manpower Development Complex (RMDC) of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA-ARMM) in Rebuken, municipality of Sultan Kudarat.

The 25 out-of-school youths (OSY) from Shariff Aguak and neighboring municipalities of Maguindanao obtained scholarship on March 03 sponsored by the Regional Commission on Bangsamoro Women (RCBW-ARMM) and TESDA-ARMM, graduated from Basic Computer Skills Training specifically Microsoft Word and Excel programs. The remaining 10 OSY-trainees were enrolled to non-Computer skills training and set to graduate before March ends.

Hja. Salama Khadiguia A. Ampatuan, RCBW-ARMM chairwoman said at the Closing Exercises, “We congratulate you for the successful two-week training. Hope the skills you’ve acquired here would equip you in your future jobs. It is not only our responsibility to promote the rights, dignity and welfare of the Bangsamoro women. More than these, it is our mission to assist and protect these women’s children.”

Moreover, TESDA-ARMM increases building up training centers and strengthens training programs to develop more high quality manpower responsive to both local and global market demands.

Executive Director Datu Omar Shariff L. Jaafar said, “We want everyone to experience the vocational education and technical skills training our regional government is offering. We are glad that RCBW took initiative to partner with us. They are the first government agency tied with us.”

The second batch of scholars due to commence on the second quarter of 2009 can choose to TESDA’s 10 training areas. This includes Electricity, Consumer Electronics Servicing, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Computer Hardware Servicing, Refrigeration and Air-condition Servicing, Household Workers Services, Plumbing and Construction Services, Machining, Automotive Services and Masonry. TESDA-ARMM also offers Language Skills Institute (LSI) particularly for outbound workers which include two categories: English Proficiency and Arabic Language & Gulf Culture.

The OSY-trainees scholarship includes free accommodation at TESDA’s regional complex until end of training, food allowance and other living allowances. Trainees outside the designed requirements may still benefit the program but will pay P10 for the laundry of linens.

ARMM regional director Datu Zaldy Uy Ampatuan expresses congratulations to the graduates and Bangsamoro Women committee who took effort to boost up technical-vocational education in the autonomous region. “I am optimistic that the autonomous region could able to produce competitive high-quality middle-level manpower. By beefing up the quality of teaching methods and skills training in the region, we can do it. We will make the Regional Manpower Development Complex of TESDA a center for manpower resources,” Gov. Ampatuan said.

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