LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Twenty-nine Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL) at Benguet Provincial Jail have been trained in livelihood skills in bread and pastry making with the help of the Education Authority Technical and Skills Development (TESDA)-Cordillera and in coordination with the provincial government of Benguet.
Jimmicio Daoaten, Provincial Director of Benguet-TESDA, said trainees are preparing to obtain Certificates of Competence (COC) in Bread and Pastry Production NC II: Bread Making, Pastry and Pastry.
These trainees successfully completed the training course and were duly recognized recently during the graduation rites honored by Governor Melchor Diclas, Municipal Mayor Romeo Salda and Jirah Sidayao, a representative from the office of Congressman Eric Go Yap. .
Daoaten praised the graduates for their diligence in completing the training and urged them to continue learning despite their incarceration.
“Life has a lot to offer. Just because you’re detained doesn’t mean your life ends here,” Daoaten said. “We have different experiences and stories to tell, but don’t let that experience and challenges keep you from achieving your goals in life.”
“It’s temporary, you won’t last here in prison. It’s part of our life that we make mistakes, but use them as inspiration. TESDA and the government want you to have a vision for a better life and future,” Daoaten added.
The interns expressed their gratitude to TESDA for the opportunity to learn valuable skills that they can apply when they return to the community.
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