SMI has remained committed to helping develop sustainable communities within the Project area. In 2018, a total of PhP36.7 million was invested for education and skills training, community health, community infrastructure, enterprise development, and information, education and communication. These programs reached at least 19,183 individuals and 2,131 households in the barangays and municipalities hosting the Project.
SMI continues to work with local government units, tribal communities, and other partners in the public and private sectors. Together, we plant the future today while we harvest the fruits of our partnerships from years gone by.
Catch these inspiring success stories of individuals, families, and organizations in the 2019 issue of Panag-uban, our annual community development magazine that is soon to be released this September.
I lived the life of a farmer. I planted, cleaned, and harvested crops in the farm. When I learned about the free skills trainings offered by the Municipal Government of Tampakan, Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI), the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), I decided to participate. At first, I was hesitant and afraid because the skills were different from what I was used to, but I wanted to learn something new for myself and for my family.
In 2015, I trained for three months on beauty care and three months on hairdressing. Some people told me that I should be spending my time at home taking care of my children instead of attending trainings, but I persevered. And my decision proved to be right. Because of my new skills, I was able to have my own income. I was able to help my husband provide for the needs of our family.
I did home service, and I realized that I could earn more by acquiring additional skills. In 2016, when free trainings regardless of sex were offered again, I trained for three months on massage therapy. Together, my three skills became very useful. My clients liked it because they could avail of a packaged deal from me. I am also able to use my time wisely; for example, hair processes require some time, so while waiting, I can manicure their nails.
I now work at a salon in a mall in Koronadal City, and have a stable income. I was able to pay off my debts. I also help in paying the electric and other bills at home, and I can buy the things that my children need at school, such as uniforms, shoes, and materials for projects. I can also keep myself beautiful because my workplace is airconditioned and I can apply my skills on myself.
Wives and mothers like me who stay at home and have no job should try acquiring new skills. It’s fulfilling to see yourself improve and be of greater help to your family. Even if you are just an elementary or high school graduate, you will do great if you are willing to learn. With the free skills training, Mothers can do any job.
Maricel Ullamot is from Tampakan, South Cotabato. She had completed training in beauty care, hairdressing, and massage therapy through the LVE Skills Training Program of the Municipal Government of Tampakan, in partnership with SMI, TESDA and DSWD.