On August 6, 2017, Mayor Antolin A. Oreta III of Malabon City graced the Skills Training Graduation of 91 individuals who underwent training on beauty care, dress-making, hair-dressing and massage therapy (hilot) at the ceremony at the Penthouse, Malabon City Hall.
The skills training is a convergence of the DOLE-NCR CAMANAVA Field Office (CFO), Malabon City Public Employment Service Office (PESO), and the Perpetual Help Technological School, Inc. and the City of Malabon Polytechnic Institute. The DOLE-NCR CFO provided the training fee to beneficiaries amounting to Php 558,040.70. The Malabon City PESO conducted the screening and selection of beneficiaries, as well as the monitoring of the actual training.
Twenty (20) beneficiaries underwent training on beauty care, 20 joined in dress-making, while 22 more took hairdressing, and an additional 29 individuals trained for massage therapy. All 91 beneficiaries were granted TESDA Certification for their newly-acquired skills.
During the graduation rites, Mayor Oreta, in his message expressed his desire to help every individual in Malabon City to be self-sustaining. “Gusto natin lahat makakatayo sa sariling paa. Dahil sa mga skills na inyong natutunan, pwede na kayong maghanap-buhay, pwede nang kumita, at pwedeng-pwedeng umasenso. Magkusa at magsipag. Congratulations!,” said Mayor Oreta.
One graduate, Ms. Maricel Galigao, 40 years old and a mother of three (3) said that the reason she trained on massage therapy is mainly to help members of her family who needs therapy. She said that they no longer need to pay services of others because she can now provide the healing touch to her loved ones. Before she gained knowledge on massage therapy, she works at home as a seamstress. Now, that she is a certified massage therapist, she plans to do this for a living and start by doing home services. “Para sa akin, ang dagdag na kaalaman ay magbibigay na dagdag na kita,” shared Ms. Galigao. She said that she will be able to help her husband who works as an installer of structure partitions, make ends meet.
On the other hand, Ms. Virgilia C. Carreon, 51 years old graduated with skills on dressmaking. Nanay Virgilia who works as a volunteer worker at the Malabon City Health Center has a passion for making clothes for little girls and boys. She said, she also has penchant for pretty curtains and she wants to turn her passion into something that could be income-generating.
Ms. Benadette Santiago, a 20-year old high school graduate is already working as a staff in Simply Skin Salon in the City. She trained for beauty care in order to enhance her skills and to be of better service to their clients. “Mas nahasa ako at mas marami akong natutunan tulad ng pagpi-facial at paglilinis ng kuko. Magpapatuloy ako sa aking trabaho at i-aapply ko ang aking mga natutunan,” said Benadette.
Director Rowella V. Grande of the CFO urged the beneficiaries to take action after their graduation and put their skills to proper use. “Mas masaya kami if maipagpapatuloy ninyo ang pagamit sa inyong mga natutunan. Nawa ito ay inyong paunlarin. Magiging successful tayo kung tayo ay nagtutulungan,” said Director Grande.
Also present at the graduation ceremony are Ms. Flourescelle C. Austria, Officer-In-Charge of the Malabon City PESO, Ms. Eva M. Gomez, Administrator of Perpetual Help Technological School, Incorporated, and Mr. Arnel V. Armas, Officer-In-Charge of the City of Malabon Polytechnic Institute.
The ceremony was filled with so much energy as gratitude and hope are evident on the beneficiaries as they received their certificates with beaming smiles. All of them expressed a positive outlook that they will be able to start their journey towards financial stability and will sustain their families. Thanks to DOLE-NCR CFO and the local government of Malabon for letting them acquire and enhance their skills that will enable them to land a job and be qualified for future job placement. END/DIANA JOYZ G. ESGUERRA