TESDA to give free skills training to PRO-12 police officers

Published June 23, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Dhel Nazario

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is prepared to provide free skills training to police officers of the Police Regional Office Region 12 (PRO-12) in order to capacitate them in becoming trainers of various technical-vocational courses in their communities.

TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña (PRO 12 PIO / MANILA BULLETIN)
TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña

TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña announced this during the PRO-12 flag raising ceremony at its headquarters in Barangay Tambler, General Santos City.

Lapeña said the agency and PRO-12 will soon forge a program aimed at increasing the capabilities of both agencies in serving the communities.

“TESDA and PRO-12 can very well be excellent partners in building peace and development in the region. We are more than glad and willing to train our uniformed personnel with various skills,” Lapeña said.

“As we cannot expect our kababayans who are living in the remote areas to go to the training centers in the towns and cities, it would be best if we bring our services to their communities,” he added.

Lapeña explained that this will increase the number of skilled workers in the far-flung communities and create more livelihood opportunities to attain inclusive and sustainable peace in the region.

The TESDA chief also cited that TESDA and PRO-12 can work together to train the Indigenous People (IP) on agri-related courses to give them more opportunities on maximizing the rich land resources in their areas.

“We can train our police officers, who are also members of Indigenous Communities, as they can be more adaptive in their respective communities,” Lapeña said.

“When we are able to deliver this program, we can make people further understand the Whole-of-Nation-Approach of the government in building sustainable peace and order,” he added.

In compliance with Executive Order No. 70, TESDA-12, as the chair of Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) in South Central Mindanao, has been working with the PRO-12, as the vice-chair, to fight insurgency in SOCCSKSARGEN.

Lapeña, also a former police official, is the designated Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS) in Region 12.