Agusan del Sur — The Department of Labor and Employment – Agusan del Sur Provincial Office released P1 million worth of Shielded Metal Arc Welding Project Starter Kits including welding machine and accessories to 75 unemployed youth NC-II Holder on October 22.

The project was conceptualized through the collaboration of the Department of Labor and Employment, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Provincial Public Employment Service Office of Agusan del Sur. 

“Dako kaayo among pasalamat isip mga un-employed youth nga na hatagan og prebelihiyo nga maka dawat ani nga project. Dako kaayo ning tabang para maka tukod kami og gamay nga negosyo nga welding shop. Isip graduate sa TESDA og Shielded Metal Arc Welding magamit jud namo among abilidad sa pag welding para maka income kami og maka tabang sa among mga pamilya. Isa pud ni nga rason nga dili na kami mo langyaw pa og laing nasod para manarbaho as welder kay naa naman me kaugalingon nga machine nga magamit para sa among etukod nga welding shop,” Valent E. Lopez, one of the beneficiaries said. 

(As unemployed youth, we are very much grateful to be recipients of this project. This project will be very helpful to us to establish our own small business which is a welding shop. Now, we can make profit from what we have learned as a Shielded Metal Arc welding graduates of TESDA. We do not have to work abroad because we now have our own welding shop,” Valent E. Lopez, one of the beneficiaries said.) 

The turn over ceremonies were vested by the DOLE Regional Director Chona M. Mantilla, CESO III, Chief LEO/DOLE Provincial Head Ms. Jocelyn L. Bastareche, Mr. Maximo C. Magallen, Jr. DILP Focal, Sanguniang Panlalawigan Member Hon. Santiago B. Cane, Jr. TESDA Provincial Director Mr. Braulio P. Dela Peña, Jr. and Provincial PESO Manager Ms. Divina P. Lagumbay. 

DOLE-Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) aims to help the informal sectors in the entire region to generate income through this program from the Department. Under this program, DOLE inked a Memorandum of Understanding with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority last May 1, 2018 which provides the training for the youth by giving starter kits to selected graduates in the form of tools and jigs. So far, at least 550 graduates were assisted by DOLE from different provinces, cities and municipalities in the Caraga region.