The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Catanduanes local government have joined forces to address the problem of “out-migration” in the province with the blessing and inauguration of PAVIBA (Panganiban, Viga, Bagamanoc) Training Center in Viga municipality last November 5. TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva led the opening of the training center.
“I was informed that the province of Catanduanes is an out-migration area. Meaning, people are going out to look for employment and other opportunities outside the province. This is understandable since the province is an island and no industries are being established here simply because of the danger of nature, particularly typhoons,” Villanueva said.
Aside from the residents of Viga, the people in the municipalities of Panganiban and Bagamanoc will also benefit from the training center, said the TESDA chief.
He said the construction of the training center was made possible through the funding support of the office of House Minority leader and Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman and the lot donated by Architect Enrique Olonan of the Solid Future Foundation Inc. The training center, however, will be under the management of TESDA.
The establishment of the training center was likewise due to the concerted efforts of the office of Catanduanes Governor Joseph Cua and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Congressman Cesar Sarmiento as well as local executives of municipalities of Viga, Panganiban and Bagamanoc.
“TESDA cannot do it alone; we need partners and allies especially the participation of private sector to help us attain the vision we want to achieve for all Filipinos – a better quality of life for everyone, living in peace and harmony with our brother and sisters. This project is a true symbol of partnership in action,” Villanueva added.