The City Livelihood and Home Industries Development Office already produced 903 graduates under the Technical Vocational Education Program of the City Government of Dumaguete in the past 3 years (2019-2021).
And to further strengthen this program, the Committee on Livelihood, Social Services, and Poverty Alleviation chaired by Councilor Manuel Patrimonio convened yesterday to scrutinize the proposed ordinance institutionalizing CLHIDO and enhance its capability of providing more courses and opportunities for both residents and non-residents.
Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, which supervises CLHIDO, has been consistently supportive of its mandate to nurture skills training and development of the youth so they can acquire the needed skill set for employment and livelihood.
As mandated by Mayor Remollo, CLHIDO will offer skills training particularly for the out-of-school youth, unemployed adults, underemployed, women, person with disability and displaced persons.
In her report to the committee meeting attended by Councilor Lilani Ramon and Vice-Mayor Karissa Tolentino-Maxino, CLHIDO Maria Melchie Dorado said that among the courses being offered in 2021 are PC Operation, Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), pipefitting, dressmaking, tailoring, automotive servicing, electrical installation, and maintenance, electronics product assembly and servicing, refrigeration, and air conditioning (DOM RAC), beauty care, hairdressing, and massage therapy.
There were 1, 255 enrollees for the TechVoc courses in 2019-2021, 903 of them were able to graduate and many of them are now employed in the industries or engaged in private practice.
Councilor Ramon, Chairperson of the Committee on Finance stress the need to increase the funding of CLHIDO from P 2 million to P 5 million so it can offer more TechVoc courses, improve its facilities and modernize the equipment.
CLHIDO will also continue to obtain accreditation from TESDA and partner with the Department of Trade and Industry to coordinate the training and increase job opportunities.
The proposed ordinance institutionalizing CLHIDO is authored by Vice-Mayor Karissa Faye Tolentino-Maxino, Councilors Manuel Sagarbarria, Michael Bandal, Edgar Lentorio Jr., Lilani Ramon, Manuel Patrimonio, Liga ng mga Barangay President Dionie Amores and SK President Renz Macion.