Saturday, July 26, 2008

TESDA-Kalinga ready for nat’l best masonry event

by Gigi Dumallig / PIA

TABUK CITY , Kalinga – In preparation for the nationwide Best Masonry competition, 43 skilled masons in the province recently joined the launching of the program at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Kalinga training center that started last July 11.

According to TESDA information officer Belmar Angngolin, the agency utilized the unfinished 9x12 square meters building of TESDA office as a venue for the provincial competition to test the capabilities of skilled masons.

“Just after seven days of actual work, they have surprisingly accomplished more than what was expected as seen in the construction’s physical improvement,” he said.

He said that Donald Oplay emerged as the winner during the competition and will be representing the province during the regional feat this October.

Among the categories include hollow blocks laying, plastering, and installation of rails and balusters. The activity was sponsored by Holcim Company Philippines, which donated the 200 bags of cement used during the competition.

“The company also provided for the trainers for the 10-day training for the masons including their gears, tools and allowances,” he said
Holcim is one of the world’s leading producers of cement and aggregates that is working in more than 70 countries and employs almost 90,000 people.

Meanwhile, TESDA-Kalinga provided the other construction materials and other training support.
Through the comprehensive antipo-verty alleviation program of the Arroyo administration, more and more skilled Filipinos are provided opportunities for better paying jobs both locally and abroad with the provision of free government skills training assistance and scholarships through TESDA.

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