A total of 245 young people have benefitted from the skills training program sponsored by the Binalbagan Isabela Planters Association in Binalbagan, Negros Occidental, in a joint venture with the Technical Education Skills Development Authority, since 2009.
The fifth batch of the 245 trainees, composed of 25 beneficiaries, yesterday completed the month-long training on a welding course.
BIPA president Enrique Montilla said the BIPA Technological Institute Foundation Inc. which handles the program, strives hard to continue the project.
“It is because we feel we are not only opening new doors for these young men, but we are also tossing them a lifeline,” he said.
Montilla also said the new skills that the beneficiaries learned from the institution will better equip them to find jobs in and out of the province and even abroad.
He added that their only wish is that they reciprocate the help extended to them by serving their communities first before finding more lucrative jobs in other places.
The skills training program, which is for free, offers other courses such as plumbing carpentry, and eventually short- term computer courses.
Fifty graduates from the skills training program have already found employment, some of them at the Binalbagan Sugar Central.
Present at the graduation ceremony were Francis Rojas-BIPA treasurer, Artemio Guancia-training director, Alfonso Ongsioco, and TESDA officials.*GPB