ILOILO – Relying on their own strength and wit, hundreds of typhoon survivors learned to rebuild their own houses three months after super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) wreck havoc here.
This happened after 265 typhoon survivors, some were women, from Concepcion and Estancia enlisted in community-based skills training program of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Western Visayas.
TESDA Regional Director Yolanda Porschwitz said the survivors were trained in carpentry and masonry for at least three weeks before turned into “TESDA Specialista”.
Aside from the training, the survivors were also given tool kits worth P3,000 for them to start a new livelihood.
“These survivors now know how to repair or even rebuild their own houses. Their newly acquired skills will also help them get a job or be entrepreneur themselves,” Porschwitz said.
TESDA is also working with Palm Concepcion Power Corp., the proponent of P12.5-billion coal-fired power plant in Barangay Nipa, Concepcion, in training 50 marginalized groups in carpentry and masonry.
The same training is also being held for 200 typhoon survivors identified and sponsored by International Rescue Committee, a global humanitarian and development organization in Batad and San Dionisio.
Meanwhile, Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. donated P1-million to renovate TESDA’s field office in Zamora St., Iloilo City.
The donation is specifically intended to repair and upgrade the customer lounge, record’s room and other amenities in their office.
“This aid from the provincial government will help us improve our services and operation’s management. This can also help in our application for ISO accreditation,” said TESDA Iloilo Provincial Director Toni June Tamayo. (Jezza A. Nepomoceno/Capitol News)