Bacoor, Cavite: At least 2,000 students, including a 66-year-old grandmother, graduated from the technical and vocational courses they took from the Technical Training & Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Cavite on Friday. Bacoor City Mayor Strike Revilla and TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva led the ceremonies, which gave hope to many unemployed individuals in the area. Revilla said the courses are given free-of-charge and without bias to the Bacoor residents. The courses include cosmetology, haircutting, candle making, meat butchery, baking, automotive, welding, animation and carpentry. Teresita Jimenez, who at 66 is the oldest to have taken a technical course from TESDA, was teary-eyed when he received her completion certificate for candle-making. She said the training she received will surely provide her family an opportunity to increase her family’s income. The local Social Welfare and Development office also assured her of help in establishing a cooperative in her community. Villanueva, for his part, said the students the training they offered was part of the government’s drive to make technical education accessible to as many Filipinos as possible. A Tesda graduate, he added, already had the advantage over other skilled and technical wokers as Tesda is certified by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The Tesda certificate, he added, can both be used for job applications here and abroad.