DAR signs deal with TESDA to enhance farmers’ entrepreneurial skills
Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones has forged a deal with Technical Educational Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Secretary Isidro Lapeña to provide farmer-beneficiaries and dependents off-farm business skills to augment their family income.
The memorandum of agreement (MOA) between Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and TESDA seeks to provide farmer-beneficiaries and their dependents training on entrepreneurial courses under the scholarship program of the TESDA, such as baking, dress-making, coffee-making (barista) and automotive mechanic, among various available technical and vocational courses.
Castriciones said the DAR and the TESDA have agreed to offer scholarship grants to 3,150 farmer-beneficiaries and dependents.
So far, 1,600 scholars have been endorsed to regional offices of TESDA for enrollment.
The DAR chief said the partnership “is very significant in uplifting the standards of living of the farmer-beneficiaries, who are close to the heart of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.”
“Providing our farmer-beneficiaries skill-enhancement training is a big step towards alleviating rural poverty and ensuring food security in the country,” Castriciones said.