BORONGAN CITY, Nov. 20 (PIA) – An official of the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) in E. Samar said that some 80 barangay folks of Barangays Boco and Balagon in Can-avid town are undergoing skills training in Organic Agriculture (NC ll) and Electrical Installation and Maintenance (NC ll).
Technical Skills and Development Specialist Sue Balles shared this as she guested at PIA Hour on November 20 aired at the Voice of the Word Media Network.
Barangays Boco and Balagon are considered by the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF ELCAC) as focused barangays.
Under the Poverty Reduction Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) led by TESDA, the support program is rolling off in these barangays.
These areas are located some four-hour sail upstream in the Olot River via motorized bancas locals call ”bote” which do not have outriggers or “katig” according to the rural folks.
The trainees from the two upstream barangays get free training, assessment, COVID-19 health allowance, and internet allowance of P1,000. They also get an allowance of P160 a day for the entire training.
Nerissa Gales, wife of Punong Barangay Bernard Gales of Balagon is being trained in organic agriculture production. She said she enjoyed the company and learned to concoct organic pesticides and fertilizers from the different plants and leaves that grow locally.
Gales said that she learned many things in the training.
“We do not have to depend on the commercial fertilizers because we can produce some by ourselves,” said Gales.
She said that most women in their barangay are farmers, helping their husbands grow rice and vegetables, but the knowledge brought by the TESDA training is a plus factor in growing high-value crops.
Aside from vegetables, locals also plant corn, peanuts, and in summer watermelon.
As to their menfolk, they are being trained in electrical installation and maintenance.
Although there is no electricity in the barangays yet, the barangay folks requested the training so that when electricity finally connects to their barangays, they can easily install new wires to enjoy more appliances.
The Eastern Samar Electric Cooperative (ESAMELCO) with the Department of Energy (DOE) afforded some residents free electric installation with the provision of only one bulb and one socket.
With the TESDA training, residents will be able to install wiring on their own houses to connect with more appliances.
“I am excited to learn to wire so that I can put on a socket to connect my brand new refrigerator,” said Mario Morallos, a local vegetable farmer who dreams of buying a refrigerator.
Sue Balles said that the training for organic farming will be done by Nov. 26 while the electrical installation will be finished by Nov. 30. (nbq/ PIA E. Samar)