TESDA – Coke Project Enhances Skills of Women
April 4, 2015
BAGUIO CITY – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Baguio – Benguet provincial office last March 27 spearheaded the mass graduation of 450 women from Baguio City and Benguet who finished the TESDA – Coke STAR or Sari-sari store Training and Access for Resources program at the Baguio Central University.
TESDA Baguio – Benguet provincial Director Angela Gabriel, outlined the importance for women to continuously empower themselves with the knowledge and skills that they can use to improve their lives, to help their families and their communities as well as for more women to become nation builders.
“The challenge is up to you. For TESDA we are always open to continue supporting you through our programs, you just need to visit us at our office so that we can see what training programs or training scholarships we can offer you or your children”, Gabriel added.
Glenda Marquez, also of TESDA Baguio – Benguet, encouraged the graduates to continuously work for the improvement of their business as well as to document their progress so that eventually it may be included in the search for successful Technical – Vocational Education and Training graduates.
Gracing the affair were TESDA Cordillera Regional Director Francisco Jucar Jr., representatives from Coca – Cola and TESDA’s financial institution partner, Rangtay sa Pagrang-ay Inc.
Three program graduates also gave their testimonials on what they have learned and experienced from their training.
A joint undertaking of TESDA and Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines, the program is being implemented nationwide and targets to empower 200,000 women sari-sari store owners and operators all over the country by 2020 by giving them skills training in managing their own business.
Aside from basic entrepreneurial skills, the training modules also include a session on Database Management to equip the program beneficiaries on the basics of handling, storing, and presenting information and data, which they could use in the monitoring and evaluating program implementation and tracking the status of their beneficiaries./JDP/CCD – PIA CAR