TESDA Regional Training Center-Korea Philippines Vocational Training Center (RTC-KPVTC), Davao, has embarked on a training endeavour on COC 2: Produce Organic Vegetables leading to Organic Agriculture Production NC II under the DOLE and TESDA TUPAD Training Program. This substantial project demonstrates a dedication to skill development and community upliftment.
The training was at Brgy. Katipunan and Brgy. Magsaysay, New Bataan, Davao de Oro from December 14 to 17, 2023. The trainers for this training were Engr. Ailyn R. Tejero and Ms. Mary Grace A. Pelayo in Brgy. Katipunan and Engr. John Rome L. Balbanida in Brgy. Magsaysay, New Bataan, Davao de Oro.
This collaborative effort aimed to impart essential skills in organic vegetable production to the participants, emphasizing sustainable agricultural practices. The COC 2 program is part of TUPAD (Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers) of DOLE, which has been reinvigorated through a partnership with TESDA. This strategic collaboration has transformed TUPAD into TUPAD TVET, aligning it with the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) framework. The participants, selected from the communities of Brgy. Katipunan and Brgy. Magsaysay, are informal sector workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and other calamities.
TESDA RTC-KPVTC, Davao, hopes to give not just useful skills but also to create sustainable livelihoods in local communities through this effort. The training program contributes to environmental conservation and fosters healthier, more resilient local economies by emphasizing organic agriculture. Such community-focused programs highlight the critical role of technical education in bringing about positive change and strengthening communities.
The Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced (TUPAD) Workers is the flagship program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), designed to address the livelihood challenges faced by disadvantaged or displaced workers. Launched to aid those severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and other calamities, the program operates under the guidelines outlined in Department Order 219-20. In a groundbreaking initiative, DOLE has forged a strategic partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to revolutionize the TUPAD Program. This collaborative effort aims to transform TUPAD into TUPAD TVET, integrating Technical Vocational Education and Training to enhance the skills and employability of informal sector workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and other calamities.