Cotabato City—Forty-eight inmates of the North Cotabato provincial jail are now certified appliance repair technicians after they completed the training provided by the Technical Education and Skills Training Authority.
“They are now equipped with skills when they rejoin the mainstream,” TESDA-North Cotabato provincial director El Cid Castillo said.
The graduation on Saturday came as early “Father’s Day” treat as most of the graduates are fathers.
In partnership with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology of North Cotabato, the one-month training was conducted inside the jail facility in Barangay Amas, Kidapawan City, through TESDA North Cotabato’s Mobile Training Laboratory.
“With this training, the notion that once an inmate you are already hopeless is now erased because there is TESDA that will help you become better and productive persons once you step out of here,” Castillo said.
Two of the enrollees in the training failed to graduate since they were freed before the assessment was conducted.
The 48 inmates are now National Certificate II holders for appliance repair works.