“Dili ni namo makalimtan ang inyong mga tabang dili kanamo kay tungod ninyo among ma-angkon among maayo nga parte sa among mga kumunidad — sa among tagsa-tagsa nga kumunidad puhon-puhon, kung kami makagawas na diri (We will not forget all the help we receive because if it were not for you, we would not be able to recognize our part in our respective communities, especially when we get out of here),” imparted Jose, 18, in his graduation speech.
Jose is among the 22 residents of the DSWD – Regional Rehabilitation Center for the Youth (RRCY) who graduated from their TESDA Electrical Installation and Maintenance NCII course on October 27, 2021.
He hopes that one day, after his discharge, he can use his acquired skill for sideline work while pursuing his dream to become a social worker to help individuals like him get back on track and live life without fear and uncertainties.
The 22 graduates are the pioneering batch of TESDA trainees inside the center.
DSWD-7 Regional Director Rebecca Geamala congratulates the graduates on their achievement inside the center and challenges them to forget their past experiences and to ensure that when they are out, they become a different person living with integrity.
Geamala said that before the RRCY residents leave the center, they are a changed person already. She also said that their integrity could not be questioned when they apply for work.
Aileen Cuevas, RRCY head, hopes that through the partnership with TESDA, the residents would be equipped with practical and useful skills that they can use for a better way of living and ensure productivity once they are discharged from the center.
“In the event nga ma-discharge sila sa center naa na gyud silay certificate sa NCII so that ang uban ani nila kung ganahan sila mopadayon sa skwela, makapadayon sila ug kung dili kay makatrabaho na gyud sila mahimo gyud silang productive kay naa naman silay income (In the event that they are discharged from the center, they are already NCII passers. Some of them may want to continue their study, and others may find decent jobs with good income because they are productive),” Cuevas said.
TESDA is now offering another course, Cookery, to the center and is yet to be relayed to the residents.
Cuevas said that residents are given the freedom to enroll or decline the courses offered because it is a matter of commitment and interest.
She assures that the social workers, who are also case managers, play a major role in guiding the residents, which course fits well with every client.
With RCCY and TESDA’s strengthened partnership, children in conflict with the law, like Jose, are now given the opportunity to become brand new individuals, equipped with the necessary skills and values, and ready to face society confidently, without shame of the past, once reintegrated into their community. ###