Wednesday, May 7, 2014

IRRI and PESO, from skills training to gainful employment

The Partnerships Office of IRRI continued to reinforce its partnership with the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) of Los Baños, Laguna in offering livelihood courses and technical skills training to the unemployed residents of Los Baños and Bay.  PESO is the government’s arm in addressing education and employment issues. IRRI funds the following training programs for 2014:  Refrigeration and air-conditioning technology, installation and electrical maintenance, domestic household appliance and electronics repair, and basic cosmetology course, Ganda Mo, Hanapbuhay Ko (in partnerships with the Ang-Hortaleza Foundation).

Completion of each of the courses will allow graduates to take the National Certification II (NC II) from the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (NEDA). The NC II certificate is globally accepted and increases a person’s chance of being accepted for employment in other countries.

IRRI sponsors this training programs to help its host communities improve livelihood opportunities for its low-income residents, and lessen concerns that may be caused by unemployment in the areas, especially in the areas of  security, and peace and order.

Presently, the PESO offers free training programs for computer hardware service II, carpentry II, basic plumbing II, automotive servicing II, dress making, electrical maintenance II, ref and air-conditioning technology II, basic cosmetology, motorcycle technician, and call center training/ English proficiency.
Each class can accept a maximum of 60 participants per course.  Classes are held every Saturday.

For those who have relatives or friends in Los Baños and Bay who may be interested to enroll,
please contact the PESO Manager, Ms. Glecy Trinidad at 049-536-5976.

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