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The 20th Infantry Battalion under LtCol Hilarion Palma and partner agencies and units inked the MOA for Community-based Skills and Livelihood Training Program for the Palapagnons and was witnessed by the 154 beneficiaries at the old Palapag Church on February 22, 2016.

Community-based skills and livelihood training for the Palapagnons

February 23, 2016

PALAPAG, Northern Samar – The 20th Infantry (We Lead) Battalion, in partnership with TESDA-LNAIS, DepEd-ALS Palapag, and the Local Government Unit of Palapag, launched the community-based skills and livelihood training program for the Palapagnons held at the old Palapag Church on February 22, 2016.

The activity was further highlighted with a motorcade around Poblacion, Palapag as kick-off of the event followed by signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between the partner agencies to institutionalize their commitment for peace, employability, productivity and development.

This is the first livelihood program opened for calendar year 2016 participated in by 154 beneficiaries from the different Barangays of Palapag broken down as follows: Shielded Metal Arc Welding NC II - 35; Bread and Pastry Production NC II - 34; Housekeeping NC II - 35; Motorcycle Small Engine Repair NC II - 30; and Body Massage - 20. The training will be conducted for the duration of 15 to 30 days.

Present during the activity were: Lt. Col. Hilarion G. Palma, Commanding Officer of 20th Infantry Battalion; Ms. Yolanda A. Pajenado, TESDA Head for Instruction Services; Ms. Sonia Mercader, Principal of Palapag Central School; Hon. Ben C. Gurimbalem, Palapag Municipal Vice-Mayor; Mr. Nelito G. Rebato, ALS Coordinator; and Mr. Roberto V. Udtujan, ALS mobile teacher.

Pajenado mention in his message said that community-based trainings is same standardized modules for those who are unable to attend a school-based program. This will serve as an avenue to uplift their quality of living, and increase the employment rate of Filipinos”.

Gurimbalem, lauded and Philippine Army for choosing Palapag as a recipient of the program with this Palapagnons had the clear opportunity to work both local and abroad.

Meanwhile, Palma motivates the beneficiaries to take advantage of the program and utilize it as a way for social and economic progress”, he added.

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