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DavSur mayor lauds TESDA new graduates

Mayor Arthur Davin lauded the 87 new graduates of the local government-sponsored skills education, saying the skills training is an approach to empower people.

Davin said acquiring the needed skills and training will help them land decent livelihood to uplift the standard of living of his constituents.

The 87 students graduated from three courses duly sanctioned by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) as part of the local government's Community-Based Inclusive Growth Development Program.

Davin said the graduates were the second batch since the local government through the Public Employment Services Office (Peso) partnered with TESDA to offer skills training courses.

The number of first batch of graduates last year reached 93, both enrolled to Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) who all passed the National Competency (NC) II assessment.

This time, the second batch included 49 students who completed the SMAW-NC II course, 18 for the Computer Systems Servicing (CSS) NC II, and 20 others for Automative Servicing NC II.

With the assistance of the Department of Labor and Employment, the local government constructed the Skills Training Center in Purok 19, Bliss, Poblacion here and purchased 60 welding machines for SMAW students.

Davin said the graduates have the opportunity to immediately find jobs abroad as a Job Fair is scheduled on June 16, which is part of the 50th Town Anniversary celebration which culminates on June 17.

From last year's graduates, 14 of them are now employed in different companies, one of whom, Venjie Bunso, was absorbed as welder by TESDA at their regional office in Buhisan, Tibungco, Davao City.

Another one, Mercenario Napoles, is now working as an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia while two others as welders in Davao City, one in Panabo City and two in Digos City.

Anthony S. Allada/PNA