More than one hundred out-of-school youth and unemployed adults of Tampakan, South Cotabato, received competency certification in electrical installation and maintenance, shielded metal arc welding, plumbing and beauty care, through the LVE-Dev Program: Skills Development Project in the first semester of 2019.
The LVE-Dev Program stands for Livelihood and Ventures for Economic Development Skills Training and Competency Assessment Program of the Local Government of Tampakan. This program is being implemented in partnership with Sagittarius Mines, Inc., the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Since 2011, all 2,331 trainees who have undergone rigorous skills training under LVE-Dev Program passed TESDA’s competency assessment. The 100% success rate can be attributed to the quality of the training program, the expertise of the trainers, and the complete facilities provided at the Tampakan Skills Training Center.
The LVE-Dev Skills Training Program is a recipient of TESDA’s Regional Kabalikat Award and one of the finalists for the National Kabalikat Award. The Kabalikat Awards are given to recognize and honor TESDA’s outstanding partners in the promotion and enhancement of technical education and skills development.
SMI is committed to working with Local Governments, National Government Agencies, and interested parties to develop and support projects that benefit the communities associated with our operation. SMI itself was a recipient of the 2007 Regional and National Kabalikat Awards in recognition of its Competence Center, which provided employment and skills training program for the residents of Tampakan. SMI has supported the LVE-Dev program since it was launched by former Tampakan Mayor Leonardo V. Escobillo in 2011. For this year, SMI provided LVE-Dev Program a grant of PhP 800,000 as part of its Social Development and Management Program (SDMP).