294 Trainees Graduate at the Livelihood Training and Productivity Center

The City Government once again showed its commitment to help its constituents alleviate from poverty through its Skills Training Program. December 11 marked the culmination of the three months training of the 34th batch consisting of 294 trainees of the Livelihood Training and Productivity Center (LTPC)managed and operated by the City Government. Given recognition during the graduation ceremony were the 32 NC II passers. Mr. Rodrigo de Villa, Provincial Director of TESDA explained the relevance of the National Certification (NC) II in terms of security of employment and as an entrepreneur.

City Mayor Alfonso S. Casurra, in his commencement address, underscored the role of LTPC in the lives of the trainees which included not only out of school youths, but also unemployed college graduates and even former LGU officials. He acknowledged that the center still needs to upgrade its facilities to better serve the people. The limited resources of the City Government did not pause any hindrance in delivering these types of services to the community. The Mayor likewise encouraged whoever becomes the Mayor in 2010 to maintain and sustain the operation of the LTPC because of the significant role the center is playing in the lives of those who are in need of different livelihood skills.

Since the start of the operation of the training center in 1998, in partnership with the Helping Foundation Inc., no less than 10,200 have already graduated and a number are already engaged in their own businesses and many others are already employed abroad.

Courses offered in the center are Basic and Advance computer education, basic micro-computer repair/servicing, Shield Metal & Arc Welding, Gas Tungsten and Arc Welding, Gas Welding, Building Wiring Installation, Food Technology, Beauty Care, Sewing, Art and Sign, Handicraft and Basic Electronics. (surigaocity.gov.ph)

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