HUNDREDS of wounded soldiers, especially those who suffered major injuries, will be given free training in various technical and vocational (tech-voc) courses, according to state skills training agency Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda).
“We have strengthened and expanded our skills training programs to our soldiers who have been wounded and seriously injured in firefights against lawless elements and terrorists,” Tesda Director General Joel Villanueva told this reporter in a text interview on Wednesday.
“We’re targeting military camps especially injured men in uniform [for the training],” Villanueva said.
The Tesda chief noted that government troops who have lost their hands and feet during battles would be given the priority to undergo skills training.
Next would be the wives and children of the soldiers, he said.
The program, according to Villanueva, will give injured soldiers the opportunity to land gainful employment after the training.
He said the agency will also provide livelihood starter toolkits to the graduates so that they can start their own business if they do not want to be employed in a private firm.
Tesda earlier said it will also provide free training to 11,000 Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters and their family members as part of the Bangsamoro normalization program.
The agency has allocated a total of P335 million worth of scholarship vouchers to allow the MILF fighters to avail of free training in various tech-voc courses.