Sunday, October 21, 2007


By Marciano Paroy Jr.

The Extension Office of KASC, through the leadership of President Eduardo Bagtang, Extension Director Maximo Garming and Executive Dean Raymond Balbin, Mr. Tomas Carabbacan, inked a memorandum of agreement with the Technical Skills and Development Authority (TESDA), LGU Tinglayan, Office of the Congressman on the execution of a Livelihood Skills Development and Capability Building for out-of-school youth and unemployed women in Tinglayan.

The said project provides “the underserved and underdeveloped, depressed and deprived local communities and their disadvantaged constituents with opportunities for livelihood skills and access to alternative educational services.”

As a life-changing mechanism, the program consists of three components: the Values Formation/Reorientation, Skills Development Training Course, and the Capability Training Seminar where graduates from the various skills training courses will be organized into small-scale cooperatives.

For the short training courses, the program utilizes the expertise of trainors like Dr. Virginia Petang and Herminia Basungit (Cookery), Eng. Renato Pajarillo, Mario Boydon, Ernesto Sayson, Tito Buslig, and Tony Baruzo (automotive servicing, small engine servicing, wiring installation, electronics repair, and carpentry).

The program started last year, and it has recently been given a renewal by LGU Tinglayan. When it shall push through with its expanded turn, additional training courses shall be incorporated, like wax-making (Dr. Virginia Petang and Mrs. Zorayda Gavino), candle-making (Perfelia Buen), soap-making (Dr. Helen Bais).

This extension program was one of the papers presented during the regional symposium of the Highland Agricultural Resources Research and Development Consortium (HARRDEC) last August 16-17 at the Benguet State University, where it placed third.

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