THE Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) has provided free skills training to hundreds of persons who were displaced by the 2013 Zamboanga City siege. Tesda-Region IX and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recently entered into an agreement with Century Pacific Food Inc. (CPFI) aimed at providing skills training and potential employment in the canning industry for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the region who are currently living in the transitory sites. The DSWD identified and selected 200 participants for the training program. Tesda-IX provided the trainers, starter kits and meals, while CPFI will prioritize the hiring of at least 100 IDPs trained by Tesda and endorsed by DSWD. The IDPs underwent training in two batches.
NEIL A. ALCOBER