The Technical Skills Development Authority trains the staff of small businesses. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
TOGETHER with the Technical Skills Development Authority (Tesda), San Miguel Corp. (SMC) is expanding its skills development program to cover more provinces and include financial assistance for small businesses in the underprivileged communities where it operates.
âAs our economy begins to open up, there is an urgent need to help the poorest and most disadvantaged sectors get back on their feet. Many have lost their jobs or small businesses during this pandemic, and our goal is to develop them. [in order that] they can look for a better job [opportunities,] help them start or restart their small businesses and enable them to participate in the growth of the economy after the pandemic, âsaid SMC President Ramon Ang.
The program already benefits nearly a thousand interns from Taliptip and other coastal barangays in Bulacan – where the company is building the new Manila International Airport and Aerocity – and more than 300 families from Sariaya, Quezon – where it is investing in a modern agro-industrial establishment.
The program will be extended to beneficiaries in the provinces of Bataan, Batangas and Davao.
Along with the vocational training initiative, the company provides capital assistance to over 100 families in Bulacan to help them set up microenterprises or improve their current small businesses.
Ang adds that just a year after starting the pilot implementation of its training program with Tesda and despite strict quarantine protocols that limited in-person training opportunities, nearly 1,000 people have already taken advantage of the training sessions. free training.
As part of a memorandum of understanding, Tesda facilitates qualifying training, makes its training facilities available, carries out evaluations and issues certificates of competence to beneficiary trainees.
On the other hand, SMC provides funds for training fees, evaluation fees and other expenses for trainees who are not eligible for the Tesda scholarship. The company also pays for transport and food allowances for the duration of the training.
Apart from this, SMC provides jobs for qualified graduates, where possible, in the companies of the group.