CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga - Joseph Estrada is now working as a mechanic at the motor pool of Malacanang Palace, according to the Pampanga provincial office.
Estrada, a namesake of the former President Joseph Estrada, benefited from the free training courses conducted by the Pampanga provincial government, the Pampanga Action Center for OFW Concerns (PACOC), and the Public Employment Services Office (PESO).
He was one of the success stories cited by the Pampanga provincial government from the free livelihood programs for out-of-school youths (OSYs) and adults provided by the administration of Governor Lilia G. Pineda.
This month 96 OSYs and adults, including a technical sergeant of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) Weather Group, technical skills courses offered by the Pampanga provincial government.
Francis Maslog, officer-in-charge of the Provincial Manpower Training Center (PMTC), said that 15 finished a three-month course on consumer electronics, 19 on computer literacy, 34 on shielded metal arc welding and 28 on computer hardware servicing.
Maslog said these courses were conducted free of charge by the provincial government in line with the thrust of Governor Pineda's administration to provide livelihood and employment opportunities to needy sectors in the province.
At the graduation ceremonies held at the Benigno Aquino Memorial Hall, Maslog encouraged the graduates to further hone their newly acquired skills to gain employment or in putting up their own businesses.
One of the shielded metal arc welding course graduates, Benny de Guzman, a technical sergeant of the PAF Weather Group based at Clark Air Base, said he plans to buy his own welding machine and start his own business when he retires from government service.
De Guzman lauded the provincial government's program of providing technical education and skills development courses to people like him who would like to venture to in other livelihood opportunities.
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Provincial Director Ben-hur Baniqued congratulated the graduates and enjoined them to work hard not only in gaining employment but in becoming entrepreneurs themselves.
Maslog said that the graduates will undergo 300-hours of on-the-job training with local companies such as Honda Cars in the City of San Fernando, Enigma Computer Shop in Angeles City, St. Catherine Realty and other supportive business establishments.
"We also coordinate closely with the Pampanga Action Center for OFW Concerns (PACOC), Public Employment Services Office (PESO) including locators at Clark and placement agencies for possible employment of our training graduates," Maslog said.