MILF fighters complete Tesda skills training

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SOME members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) completed on April 25 their skills training provided by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Among the technical and vocational courses offered to MILF fighters are bread and pastry production, driving, carpentry, cookery, motorcycle/small engine repair, dressmaking/tailoring, automotive servicing, electrical installation and maintenance, welding, and entrepreneurship.

The skills training for the MILF members is part of the socio-economic programs under the Normalization Annex of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) — the peace agreement signed by the government and the MILF after more than 17 years of negotiations.

They went on field visits to different establishments to further their knowledge. They visited the Maguindanao Electric Cooperative, Inc. to learn more about electrical installation and maintenance; the Al-Nor Construction for carpentry; Aling Precy’s Restaurant for cookery; Shields for dressmaking; and Auto Servitek for small engine repair.


An MILF official meanwhile said that they will monitor and provide further education to the graduates.

“On the side of the MILF panel, we will give continuous education to these people. The process doesn’t end with the provision of the toolkits but they will be continuously educated with the proper technology and guidance on how to improve their projects,” Melanio Ulama, MILF representative and Commissioner of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, said.

Following the completion of said trainings, the decommissioned MILF combatants will start to implement their business proposals under the Sustainable Livelihood Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Their proposals vary from setting up buy-and-sell businesses, putting up sari-sari stores, and requesting supplemental capital in support of their starter toolkits, among others.

To fully ensure a smooth implementation of their proposals, assistant development workers from DSWD will continue to provide technical assistance. On-the-job training placements in different business establishments in Maguindanao or Cotabato City will also be facilitated.

Furthermore, farming/fishery assistance from the Department of Agrarian Reform and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources will be awarded towards the third quarter of the year.

Former TESDA director general Joel Villanueva said the agency has set aside P335 million worth of scholarship vouchers to allow MILF fighters to avail of free training in various technical and vocational (tech-voc) courses.

The funding, allocated for the education of 11,000 MILF fighters and their family members as part of the Bangsamoro normalization program, was drawn from the agency’s 2015 budget.

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