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Mayon evacuees to train in livelihood programs.

By Dhel Nazario

Evacuees of the erupting Mayon Volcano will be provided with livelihood training programs including teaching them how to make face masks the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-Region 5 said.

Mariglo Sese, Regional Operations chief of TESDA Region 5, said that the face masks training will begin on Monday, January 29, with five training sessions to be conducted at the evacuation centers at San Francisco Elementary Schools (SFES) and Malilipot Elementary School (MES).

Some 3,000 evacuees from barangays Calbayog and San Roque have been temporarily sheltered at the SFES while Mayon victims from barangay Tugawe are temporarily staying at MES.

Sese said that the agency has selected 25 evacuees from SFES who would benefit from the face mask program that will be then distributed to evacuees.

On the other hand, graduates of the Special Training for Employment Program (STEP) will produce 50 face mask each during training at the MES. The finished products would later be distributed to policemen and soldiers at Camp Ola.

TESDA has already coordinated with the local government units in areas where the livelihood training programs will be launched. Sese added that TESDA will teach Bicolanos ages 18 and above during the training which will be held on weekends while there are no classes.

Aside from making face masks, other training programs include skills for manicure, pedicure, massage, and bread-making. Sese said that the programs aim to provide livelihood to Bicol residents so that they could still earn a living even amid a calamity.


Evacuees sleep inside a classroom in an evacuation after as lava flowed from the crater of Mayon volcano in Legazpi, Albay, January 27, 2018. (Czar Dancel)

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Date:Jan 27, 2018
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