A new hope for for the people of Marawi as the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) seeks to provide skills training for thousands of the war victims.
The TESDA seeks to equip 10,000 internally-displaced persons (IDPs) from Marawi City with construction-related training.
This is under the institution’s Expanded Emergency Massive Skills Training Program (EEMSTP) which aims to support IDPs to finding job opportunities.
TESDA director general Guiling Mamondiong said this project was formed to provide additional assistance to the construction works of Task Force Bangon Marawi.
“In the interest of service and in order to immediately address the existing need of the Task Force Bangon Marawi for skilled workers in the construction sector and to continue assisting the government for disaster rehabilitation and recovery for rebuilding lives in Marawi City as a result of crisis brought by armed conflict, an Expanded Emergency Massive Skills Training Program for the Internally Displaced Persons from Marawi City is hereby adopted,” said Mamondiong in a TESDA circular.
Mamondiong said this could accelerate the repair and rehabilitation of Marawi as the government hopes to make these 10, 000 IDPs as construction workers.
The agency will give courses such as carpentry, masonry, electrical installation and maintenance, among others.
These beneficiaries are the IDPs in Marawi, Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte, Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro City, TESDA said.
It was in October last year when Marawi was finally freed from the five months of fighting against Islamist extremists.