Matanao’s remote barangay residents obtain skills training 

DAVAO CITY, April 26 (PIA) – Almost 200 residents from the municipality of Matanao, Davao del Sur recently obtained their certificates of training after having undergone a ten-day community-based skills training program of the provincial local government unit.

The graduates, who are residents of the far-flung barangays of Donganpekong, Savoy and Saub in Matanao, were grateful of their newly-acquired knowledge and skills.

The beneficiaries underwent the following short courses: food processing (33 participants); manicure/pedicure/nail art and massage (34); dressmaking (21); basic welding (48); and driving (56).

Davao del Sur Governor Douglas Cagas, who led the graduation ceremony on April 23, 2021 at the barangay gym of Donganpekong, urged the beneficiaries to develop their knowledge and skills for their livelihood ventures.

“Hinaut nga makatabang kaninyo kini pag abot sa panahon (I hope that this will help you in the future,” Cagas stated in his message during the ceremony.

Punong Barangay Rodulfo Lauda of Brgy. Donganpekong was thankful that the program was created as a way of providing an opportunity for their livelihood to improve.

“Dili lang ni para sa atoa, kundili para pod ni sa atong mga kabataan (This is not only for us, but also for our children),” Lauda told his barangay constituents.

Barangay Kagawad Romeo Lauda, one of the trainees for the driving lesson, expressed gratitude to the LGU for giving them the “wonderful opportunity” and for exempting them from having to obtain a student permit after completing the driving lesson.

Rolly Impas, the provincial Public Employment Service Office (PESO) manager, said that the community-based training is part of the governor’s flagship program on I-HELP which stands for infrastructure, health, education, livelihood and peace and order.

Impas was also hoping that the skills training would prepare the beneficiaries to embark on livelihood undertakings as source of income.

According to the Provincial Information Office, the provincial and municipal LGUs, Police and the Army initiated this program in November 2020 through the Revitalized Police sa Barangay (R-PSB) and Community Support Program (CSP).

The program is also with the assistance of barangay officials and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), pursuant to Executive Order No. 70 or the Whole of Government Approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) especially in Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs). (PIA-XI/Carina L. Cayon/PIO DavSur)


Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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