LEGAZPI CITY: The local government here will be facilitating the job placement of qualified beneficiaries, mostly coming from the disadvantaged sectors, through a P10-million fund recently received from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
The grant was made via the DILG’s Training for Better Access to Job Opportunities (TraBAJO) program, which provides funds for local government units (LGUs) to finance skills training of pre-qualified trainees.
On Monday, City Mayor Noel Rosal received from DILG Bicol Regional Director Eloisa Pastor the check for the P10 million following the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) governing the implementation of the program.
The program, said Pastor, is in line with the goal of the Philippine Development Plan for 2011-2016 wherein one of the DILG’s goals are the establishment of Business-Friendly and Competitive LGUs (BFCL).
The BFCL is composed of projects that provide interventions and reforms for LGUs to enhance their enabling environments, promote local businesses to generate employment and improve local government competitiveness towards increasing sustainable and inclusive growth.
The BFLC’s key component project on workforce development is the TraBAJO, formerly known as the Skills Training for Accelerated Growth in Local Governments (STAG LG), which aims to help target LGUs develop their Workforce Development Programs.
The project, Pastor said, provides support in preparing local workers to meet the requirements of priority sectors such as tourism, agri-business and Information Technology-Business Process Outsourcing (IT-BPO).
Pastor said Legazpi qualified for the fund grant by being an LGU with defined local economic development strategies and declared Tourism Development Areas under National Budget Memorandum No. 118, which identifies local governments with high economic potentials in tourism and declared focus areas for the convergence of public investments.
Strategies in the implementation of the project involve, among others, a partnership with line agencies such as the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Department of Education.
Apart from Legazpi, three municipalities in the province of Albay were also made recipients of the fund—Guinobatan, Daraga and Camalig, each getting P3 million.
Other recipients in Bicol are the Sorsogon municipalities of Donsol and Pilar, each also given P3 million.