TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña (right) and Ilagan City Mayor Josemarie Diaz sign the memorandum of agreement for the usufruct agreement of the agency's provincial office in the city. (Photo by Felix Cuntapay Jr.)

Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Secretary Isidro Lapeña led a two-day sortie in Isabela and Cagayan and supervised free livelihood and skills trainings.

“We aim to develop self-reliant communities even in remote areas with these trainings,” he said, adding that more trainings have been set for villagers in far-flung areas.

Twenty-five former rebels and their wives have started training on   electrical installation and maintenance NC II and cookery NC II in Disulap, San Mariano, Isabela under TESDA’s Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) and Special Training for Employment Program (STEP).

Secretary Lapeña also monitored the TESDA Isabela-launched Project IRIK or “Implementation of Resources for Isabeleños towards Key employment and livelihood as intervention” in Jones town.

At least 125 villagers in Jones town have started their training on shielded metal arc welding NC I and tailoring NC II.

The TESDA secretary also later signed the memorandum of agreement with Mayor Josemarie Diaz for the deed of usufruct, allowing free use of the lot from the city government for the national agency’s provincial office. (Villamor Visaya Jr., Philippine Daily Inquirer News Correspondent/Balitang Hilaga Publisher)