The department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has allocated P1.0 Million Pesos for the San Jose Skills Development and Employment Program designed for the out-of-school youths through the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Program.

Mayor Antonio B. Chavez said that three out of ten graduates in high school at his town were not able to pursue their college studies due to poverty and they would certainly become unproductive unless something must be done to help them. This is the reason that his administration through the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT) identified programs and projects responsive to the needs of the community by providing technical-vocational skills training to the out-of-school youths.

He stressed that this year’s skills training program offers the following courses: Housekeeping NC-II, Bookkeeping NC-III, ┬áConsumer Electronic NC-II, and Computer Hardware Servicing NC-II. These courses are being offered in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Last year, the first batch of 100 out-of-school youths who studied at the San Jose Skills Development Training Center were able to pass the TESDA Assessment examination and are now undergoing a 6-month probationary employment in various companies through the endorsement of TESDA.