Green skills program needs government and private sector support

By Jason de Asis


SENATE OFFICE, Manila, February 8, 2011-Senator Loren Legarda urged the government and the private sector to increase their support to green skills programs that would not only create more livelihood opportunities for many Filipinos but also to promote environment protection, stressing that to provide livelihood opportunities to poor communities using recycled materials while promoting a cleaner environment, her office has already been conducting green skills training in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).


Legarda said that the effort is multi-beneficial where they are creating jobs for the citizenry, making good use of recyclable waste materials, helping solve the garbage problems, and protecting the country’s environment, pointing out that there is a need to give more support to the said program particularly in the poor communities.


Last February 3, 2011, Legarda gave certificates of appreciation for the contribution to their communities of the 16 trainers from Camanava, Manila, Pasig, Marikina, and Quezon City who graduated from the Trainers Methodology/Assessors Methodology Program conducted by TESDA during the Lingkod Loren Advocacy Fair, in celebration of the Senator’s birthday.


Dr. Nenuca Tangonan, Regional Director of TESDA-NCR, worked closely with the Bessie B. Legarda Livelihood Program of Senator Legarda to train them in teaching various skills such as: newspaper bag weaving, making slippers and bags from water lilies, and accessories such as bracelets and rosaries from old magazine strips, and knitting plastic sando bags. 


The Senator encouraged the local government units and the private sector to support this green skills program with the help of national government agencies such as TESDA and the Department of Trade and Industry to work closely together in promoting and marketing of the end products in bringing additional income to the poor communities, while using only minimal resources. (Jason de Asis)




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