ILOILO –Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. led the distribution of starter kits to 50 tech-voc graduates of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority on Friday during the 113th celebration of Iloilo’s founding anniversary.
Of the total beneficiaries, half graduated from cosmetology and the other half finished therapeutic massage or wellness.
According to Public Employment and Services Office Chief Francisco Heler, the starter kits, worth P180,389, all came from the Department of Labor and Employment Region 6 as part of the agencies tri-partite agreement.
Defensor told the graduates to persevere in life and use their skills to alleviate the economic status of their respective families.
“I congratulate all of you and I hope that this small help from the government provides you with fresh beginning,” he said.
The new TESDA specialistas were all women from the towns of Anilao, Pavia, Banate, Barotac Viejo, and Oton.
They, too, were beneficiaries of Agência Espanhola de Cooperação Internacional para o Desenvolvimento (AECID), a program funded by the Spanish government to combat poverty, and Great Women Project of Philippine Commission on Women.
The GREAT Women Project is a governance and capacity development project that aims to promote and support a gender-responsive enabling environment for women’s economic empowerment, particularly those in microenterprises. (Jezza A. Nepomoceno/Capitol News)