More than a thousand graduates from various technical and vocational schools of the province under the supervision of Technical Education and Skills Technology (TESDA) proudly presented the students who have successfully completed the technical and skills training courses during the commencement exercise held at the Mindanao Civic Center Gymnasium, Sagadan, Municipality of Tubod on May 2, 2019.

2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah ‘Bobby’ Dimakuta Dimaporo was happy to see the graduates who are now equipped with the necessary skills needed to apply for work.

However, Congressman Abdullah expressed his concern that after the completion of the training, the next step is to find a job. What the good Congressman suggested to TESDA through Provincial Director Ms. Norayah A. Acas is that TESDA should have another department to help prepare the students for the job, or for the work, or for the livelihood that would be available to take after graduation.

“What is important is that you (graduates) have a livelihood after the training, a means to have income and this should be the goal of our government to give you income, not to train you as a goal,” Congressman Abdullah said.

Congressman Abdullah also informed the graduates that his office is sending scholars to Japan through the Study and Work Program. As of now there were eleven (11) students already working as caregivers and welders and at the same time studying Japanese language and culture. And for those interested, just visit his office located in Governor Arsenio A. Quibranza Provincial Government Center in Pigcarangan, Tubod.

And for 1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza Dimaporo, as former Governor, he had seen the problem of creating educational scholarship by taking it out from the budget of the provincial government, but still tried to grant scholarship to few students with the support of Vice Governor Maria Cristina ‘Cristy’ N. Atay and the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

The local government units have a limited budget and it is not mandated in the local government code that LGUs has the responsibility to have educational scholarship programs. It is upon the discretion of the local chief executives to decide to grant scholarship to students.

During his first term as Congressman of the 1st District, and after seeing the problem as former Governor, he had committed himself to work hard in Congress to increase the budget of TESDA especially for the Province of Lanao del Norte with the help of 2nd District Congressman Abdullah and their friends like the BUHAY PARTYLIST and PBA PARTYLIST.

Congressman Khalid expressed his sincerest gratitude to Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo for the assistance extended to him in convincing their friends in Congress for granting his request to allocate enough funds for TESDA that will benefit the youth of the Province of Lanao del Norte and the country as a whole. PIO-LDN