Skills made in Japan

20 Apr 2016
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ALABEL, Sarangani (April 20, 2016) - One of the key factors in addressing poverty is strengthening the realm of education.

Sarangani, throughout the years, has been a champion in providing opportunities and interventions in education.

One of the local government’s initiatives in providing quality education among Sarangans is consorting with technical institutions such as the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Phil-Nippon Technical College (PNTC) through its education pillar, Sulong Karunungan Project.

“Through PNTC, some are able to send their siblings to school, some have bought lands and built their own homes and others are able to pay hospital bills for their sick parents,” said Leah Rosauro of Sulong Karunungan Project.

Reyniel Dave Cado, 27, went back from Japan on March 27, 2015 after concluding his contract with PNTC as a welder. With his earnings, he was able to put up a small business in Information Technology (IT) solution which he named Pixel Box. He also caters events like weddings.

“Dahil sa PNTC, nakatulong na ako sa aking pamilya. Ito ay naging stepping stone ko para mag-level up sa aking sarili. Nagpapasalamat rin ako kay Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon sa kanyang pagtulong sa akin,” Pado said.

With the governor’s support and commitment, Sarangani is continuing its journey in improving access and quality of education in the community.

“The provincial government through Sulong Karunungan is exploring ways to raise awareness and improve quality of education among Sarangans,” said Marife Gomez, Sulong Karunungan project manager.

Tapped by the provincial government in 2011, PNTC offers training programs complementary to Japanese language and technical skills for students who are willing to learn technical courses and the Japanese language for eight months in Laguna and Manila.

Skills include automotive, welding, body painting, cartoon box making, machining, plastic molding and, electronics.

As of December 2015, 14 scholars have already concluded their contracts while 28 are still in Japan. Some 80,000 yen is given as monthly allowance by their employer company for their three- year stay.

This venture has clearly made a big impact to the scholars’ life. (Cherry Marie Irish D. Cruz / SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

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