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Manila’s manpower grads urged to help city govt., share acquired skills

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MANILA Mayor Honey Lacuna led the commencement exercises of the graduates in the city-sponsored Manila Manpower Development Center (MMDC), saying the courses given to them are the most in demand nowadays and are expected to change their lives and that of their families for the better.

In her message to the graduates numbering about 400, the lady mayor said she would be happy if at least some of them would join the local government and help in its progress.

Lacuna recounted the time when she was head of the Manila department of social welfare, saying the graduates of manpower had always been her favorite.

“Bakit? Kasi, napakarami pong guma-graduate nang sabay-sabay at in fact, ginagawa namin dati ito sa Rasac dahil sa dami, hanggang natigil po ang training nang dahil sa pandemya,” Lacuna said.

‘Yung mga ibinibigay nating kurso under manpower ay mga in demand ngayon kaya di po kayo nagkamali,” she added, noting that most of the graduates have finished college and yet wanted additional skills and knowledge in the belief that it will help them fasten their lives’ improvement.

Photo shows Mayor Honey Lacuna (3rd from left) with Vice Mayor Yul Servo and DSW chief Re Fugoso. (JERRY S. TAN)

“Maaring mga simpleng kurso lamang ito pero saan ba nagsisimula ang lahat ng kumplikado kundi sa simple? Kung pnagbuti mo ang iyong paga-aral, kahit mga simpleng kurso lamang at ito ay iyong napalago, sigurado ako magtatagumpay at magtatagumpay ka. Kailangan lang po diyan, tiyaga at tiwala,” the mayor stressed.

She also urged the graduates to continue learning new things and to again avail of other free courses that will be offered by the city government in the future.

Lacuna said she considers the graduates as assets to the local government, believing that the more people that gets trained, the better for the city since these erstwhile trainees will become the city’s manpower.

The lady mayor thanked Manila department of social welfare chief Re Fugoso, TESDA and the trainors who have helped produce new graduates, as she expressed hope that the latter will in the future share their acquired knowledge to others and that some of them will work in the local government unit.

Fugoso explained that the graduates of the MMDC took up regular courses on the following: baking, barista, bedsheet and pillow case making, cooking and food processing, curtain making, food and beverage services, hairdressing, housekeeping, massage therapy, throw pillow making and unisex haircutting.

The MMDC, Fugoso further explained, is an institution under the Department of Social Welfare which aims to develop an industry of skilled workers or entrepreneurs through related services preferably to disadvantaged families, out -of- school youths, persons with disability and less fortunate Manileños residing within the city.

The MMDC provides skills training programs in the areas identified to have high demand for jobs, higher potential for business opportunities and those deemed beneficial for Manileños with the vision of achieving socio-economic improvement among individuals and or families through gainful employment and a means of livelihood that would give them a chance to earn a living or start a business of their own.

It has been in existence for 35 years since September 11, 1981 and is continuously providing skills and livelihood trainings despite the pandemic.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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