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TESDA to train rice farmers and soldiers

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March 2-8, 2024

In its commitment to empower rice farmers, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is providing training for more than 52,000 rice farmers and their dependents nationwide through the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund–Rice Extension Services Program (RCEF-RESP) scholarship. Necessary skills and knowledge training will be conducted to bolster productivity and efficiency.
According to Senior Specialist Harris Aguilando of TESDA Maasin City, Southern Leyte, rice farmers who are interested in participating in the program must undergo an assessment to determine their suitability. They can enroll in the training courses provided by TESDA to acquire knowledge on various aspects of rice farming.
The trainers are accredited by registered TESDA schools such as the Presidential Program for Instructors (PPI). These accredited trainers conducted agricultural training sessions for farmers in Baybay, Leyte and Southern Leyte on topics related to rice farming and agricultural practices. The age criteria for registration is 18 years old and above.
This program has proven effective over the past five years, significantly benefiting Southern Leyte province. In the year 2023-2024, 36 individuals from various farm schools in Southern Leyte availed themselves of the training program.
Meanwhile, TESDA joined forces with Philippine Army to train soldiers in far-off places. The training in practical skills are conducted to groups like indigenous peoples, former rebels, and others who often face challenges in finding work.
According to Aguilando, the government agency’s focus is on training soldiers who are dependents, retirees, or their relatives. Applicants should be at least 18 years old.
More than 120 trainees have started their training in Southern Leyte. The training sessions are for a period of 10 to 18 days, and they take place in schools or military headquarters.
Trainees will enjoy benefits such as free training, assessment, and support from trainers, and with a daily allowance of 160 pesos throughout the training period. For retirees, learning new skills open up opportunities to start new businesses, reducing reliance on pension alone.
TESDA and the Philippine Army’s collaboration hope to improve job prospects and economic well-being for people living in remote areas across the country. (Andrea Vista)

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