By Dhel Nazario
A provincial training center will be constructed in Pigcawayan town in Cotabato Province through an agreement signed by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Local Government of Pigcawayan.
TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña and Pigcawayan Mayor Dino Roquero signed the agreement witnessed by TESDA Deputy Director General Gladys Rosales, TESDA-12 Regional Director Rafael Abrogar II, Vice Mayor Juanito Agustin, and other local officials.
It was stated on the agreement that Pigcawayan LGU will provide a one-hectare lot where the sixth Provincial Training Center in Region 12 will be erected.
“We have been dreaming of building our own training center here in our town. We thank President Rodrigo Duterte for fulfilling this dream,” Roquero said.
The training center will focus on developing the skills and capability of the local farmers.
Meanwhile, as the Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security and Chairperson of the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict of SOCCKSARGEN Region, Lapeña assured that TESDA will continue to pour programs and assistance in Pigcawayan and nearby towns.
“Once the Pigcawayan Training Center is established, we will be able to empower the members of our society, especially those in the lower strata. Once skilled, they will have a better chance to succeed by finding jobs or livelihood. Our people should know that while TESDA strive to make our workforce globally competitive, we are also making sure that our skills training is able to address poverty besetting our country,” he said.
Lapeña shared that on their visit last January 10 on the said town, the President personally instructed him to establish a training center in Pigcawayan recognizing the crucial role that TESDA will play in the development of the area.
“Exactly after 21 days of the visit, we have already signed an agreement. The President will certainly be happy with this milestone. I look forward to be back here again in time for the groundbreaking ang again, for the inauguration of the Provincial Training Center,” he added.
The official also noted that he already allotted an initial budget amounting to P600,000 for the construction of three classrooms at the training center this year.