The Office of the 2nd Congressional District of Lanao del Norte and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in coordination with Lanao Norte National Agro-Industrial School (LNNAIS) in Tubod concluded the unprecedented language skills training on June 15, 2017 at Macapagal Training Center in Governor Arsenio A. Quibranza Provincial Government Center.
2nd District Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo attended the closing ceremony. This language training is a preparatory course designed for participants to acquire basic knowledge of the Japanese language through listening, speaking, reading and writing before going to the Land of the Rising Sun. These 34 students are now equipped with the basic Nihongo language that they can use during their stay in Japan under the Study-Work Program initiated by Congressman Abdullah in partnership with the Japanese Agency to help residents of the province alleviate their economic status.
All programs initiated by the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte including the two Congressional Districts are part of the Inclusive Growth Plan (IGP) for Vision 2020 that was crafted by the ingenious minds of 1st District Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo, 2nd District Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo and Provincial Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo. Programs such as this are intended to provide assistance to local residents of the province to be efficient and productive.
Congressman Abdullah discusses about living in a Civic Society where members are providers and not all the time users. People living in a Civic Society does not wait for the aid coming from government instead they will act on their own to help each other and the society in general.
There are Five (5) Visions introduced by Congressman Abdullah for the Province of Lanao del Norte to complement the Vision 2020: First (1) vision is the Foundation in Building Peace and Order, where all local executive officials work side by side to sustain the peace and order of the province; Second (2) vision is the Unity of All People of the Province, Muslims and Christians nurtures the value of respect and understanding towards unity; Third (3) vision is the Infrastructure, Congressman Khalid during his time as Governor of the Province partnered with the Municipal Mayors in constructing and cementing roads to make it accessible to local farmers and residents of the area to supplement the funding from the national government also the Provincial Government is doing its best to provide all classrooms needs in 2018 with the Department of Education’s assistance; Fourth (4) vision is the Social Development, Congressman Abdullah is proud to say that there are more than 20,000 students who have graduated as scholars under their programs and have found jobs in the province and in some other places. Governor Imelda started the Philhealth Card of the Province that is very helpful particularly to the under privilege of Lanao del Norte and Congressman Khalid through his leadership have improved the facilities of all Provincial Hospitals and build the modern Provincial Hospital in Maranding Annex that is near operational to cater to the medical needs of the residents of Lanao del Norte; and the Fifth (5) vision is the Human Development, where various trainings and skills enhancement programs are continuously given to residents of the province to be more effective and productive in the society. Countries such as Australia and Canada are conducting trainings to the Municipal Government. USAid and Australia are also providing trainings to the Provincial Government.
Provincial Director of TESDA, Tarhata S. Mapandi confirmed the 34 graduates who have successfully finished the Nihongo Language Skills Training. Congressman Abdullah has always been interested to provide the trainees necessary language before being deployed to Japan or to any country in Asia not just skills in order to communicate with the people of the host country which is very important, according to Dir. Mapandi. Anyone who completed the training in TESDA it is guaranteed that the student is already equipped with the necessary knowledge to face the challenges ahead. In the words of Director Mapandi “We believed in TESDA that anyone who passes by and completed their training in TESDA we provided them the trust and confidence that they can actually deliver”.
Niňo E. Cimafranca, the Nihongo Language Trainer comes all the way from Cebu. It is the first ever language training done in the Province of Lanao del Norte. Cimafranca personally expressed his gratitude to the Provincial Government for the project. He is proud as an instructor that his students have learned the basic language and reminds the graduates that the real training will be in Japan. Cimafranca encourage students to continue studying Japanese.
LNNAIS Vocational School Administrator, Vicente E. Cruz before presenting the candidates for graduation thanked Congressman Abdullah and the Provincial Government for this unique program. The leadership of Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo and the two Congressional Districts in making Lanao del Norte safe.
Congressman Abdullah reminded the graduates to practice the acquired knowledge. In Japan, they will be thought about the culture. In four months time in October, Congressman Abdullah is hopeful and with God’s blessing these graduates will depart to Japan. It is important to continue practicing the Nihongo language until the month of departure.
Graduates Wea Jane A. Bual and Arl Von V. Lorenzo, two of the 34 graduates presented their testimonies in front to expressed their gratitude to Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo, 1st District Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo and to Provincial Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo for this exceptional program of the Province for the youth of Lanao del Norte who are interested to seek a better life.
“Each of us has a purpose here on earth. We do our best not just for ourselves but for our loves ones and for our fellowmen. We must remember our purpose, our goal to pursue our dream. Kita tanan nanggandoy ug brighter future that’s why we are all here”, said Bual.
Lorenzo in his testimonial speech, “This program is a life changing opportunity to all of us, because this will open us another door not just to study and explore and experience other countries culture, tradition, heritage and many others, also this will able us to broaden our horizon on the great pathways for which our dreams and vision and goals in life.”
Atty. Donato Y. Calica, Head of the IGP reminds all graduates that this graduation is just a first step to the several ladders of life. The Inclusive Growth Plan is a program for poverty alleviation, where the purpose is the family that these graduates someday will help their family to have a better life. Atty. Calica appeals to the graduates that it is time to change their perspective in life. Change for the better. No one can change another person but himself. Atty. Calica said, “Change starts in us”.
One of the 34 graduates is Jonathan Cardenas from Baroy, a former OFW of Saudi Arabia. He is Thankful that this program has been realized. Though soon he will leave with a heavy heart what motivates him is that this journey will lead to a better future for his wife and three children. This is the purpose of the various programs of the Government of Lanao del Norte that are built-in in the Inclusive Growth Plan for achieving the Vision 2020. PIO-LDN