DOST Training Center Up in San Carlos

The Livelihood and Skills Training Center of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) located in Brgy. III, San Carlos City was inaugurated recently.

Engr. Allan Francis Dara-ug, Provincial Director of DOST, said “this center is one of its kind in Negros Occidental which is DOST supported”.

He added that if the project shows good result, phase II of the building will follow.

The center is aimed at creating a pool of skillful manpower in preparation for the various emerging industries in the city and nearby localities.

Provincial Director of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Joel Villagracia, who was also present during the event, mentioned that the project is the result of probably the very first convergence of various agencies in the Philippines including the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), DOST, TESDA and the local government unit (LGU) through its Public Employment Service Office (PESO).

Villagracia commended the city government of San Carlos in its efficiency in promoting and supporting livelihood and skills training because it only shows its concern for the development and progress of its people.

Various TESDA skills training program were also launched during the event including carpentry NC II, masonry NC I, housekeeping NC II, welding NC I & NC II, and machining NC I.


Meanwhile, San Carlos Mayor Gerardo P. Valmayor Jr., together with Vice Mayor Rene Gustilo, thanked partner agencies for the project, and urged local residents to take advantage of the opportunity brought by the presence of the center in the city and become more productive and responsible citizens.

Valmayor said, the opening of the center is very timely with the implementation of the JobStart program of DOLE in the city which concerns with the employment facilitation of unemployed skilled residents.

Construction of the center was funded by the city at P4,740,000 while the DOST doled out P1M for the equipment and will facilitate the training of beneficiaries in coordination with the PESO, TESDA and DOLE.* (SSCws)


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