Go hails launch of new TESDA Malasakit Training Program

Go hails launch of new TESDA Malasakit Training Program

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go extended his warm
congratulations to the Technical Education and Skills Development
Authority for the successful launch of the Malasakit Training Program
in an online ceremony held on Wednesday, November 17.

The event marks the first day of training for the first 500
beneficiaries of the program which aims to give displaced and other
unemployed workers opportunities to develop new skills, improve job
prospects and kick start careers.

“Alam niyo, mabigat para sa akin ang salitang ‘malasakit’, ‘yung
talagang totoong nagmamalasakit ka sa kapwa mo Pilipino. Kaya masaya
ako na ang hangarin ng mga Malasakit Centers program ay in-adopt ng
mga ahensya ng gobyerno tulad ng TESDA,” said Go.

In his message, the lawmaker discussed the importance of the program
in light of the economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. He
praised the initiative and such efforts as the TESDA Malasakit
Helpdesks deployed in airports where overseas Filipino workers can
register for the agency’s programs or lodge their concerns.

“Mahalaga ang TESDA Malasakit Program sa pagbibigay ng tulong sa ating
mga kababayan, lalo na ‘yung mga labis na naapektuhan ng pandemya. Sa
tulong ng programang ito, makakatanggap ang mga beneficiaries ng
training upang sila ay magkaroon ng bagong skill set at ng kakayahang
makapaghanapbuhay,” explained Go, before vowing to actively support
the initiative to ensure its continued success.

“Tutulungan ng programang ito na maipabuti ang kinabukasan ng ating
mga mamamayan at ng ating inang bayan. Ito ang klaseng programa na
nais kong ipagpatuloy, dagdagan at palakasin pa sa mga susunod na
taon,” he affirmed.

To help in the recovery of the economy, Go called on the government to
give business owners and jobseekers the support they need whether in
the form of incentives for job creation or employment opportunities.
He vowed to back proposals that seek to elevate the agency into a
department so it can have the resources it needs in order to achieve
its goals.

“Tulungan natin ang ating bayan na makabangon dito sa krisis. Kung
maaari bigyan natin ng trabaho ‘yung ten million poorest families.
Gawing ayuda o gawin pong trabaho. Ang importante makabangon ang ating
mga kababayan, lalo na ‘yung mga mahihirap,” encouraged Go.

“Kung papalarin, buo ang aking suporta kung kakailanganin gawing
departamento ang inyong opisina para mas madaling maipatupad ‘yung mga
programa ninyo,” he reassured.

On this note, the senator, who recently announced his intent to run
for the presidency in the May 2022 elections, reiterated his
commitment to serve as a bridge to President Rodrigo Duterte. He
pledged to continue and build on the positive changes initiated by the
Duterte Administration in order to provide a solid foundation for the
country’s recovery and build a more sustainable, inclusive and
resilient economy following the pandemic.

“Asahan niyo na nandito ako, handang magserbisyo sa inyo. Ako ang
tulay ninyo sa ating pangulo. Tandan natin ang tulay ay magkabilang
dulo. So, ibig sabihin kung magkapalit man kami ng puwesto, puwedeng
siya ang maging tulay papunta sa akin at puwede rin ako ang maging
tulay papunta sa kanya,” explained Go.

He specifically vowed to continue the administration’s crusade against
illegal drugs, crime and corruption. He also pledged to push for the
continuation of programs and projects that will provide a more
convenient, comfortable and prosperous life for Filipinos, such as the
‘Build, Build, Build’ and free college education programs.

“Ipagpapatuloy ko ang mga magagandang programa ng ating mahal na
Pangulo at dadagdagan ko pa ng mga programa na totoong nagmamalasakit
sa ating kapwa Pilipino. Tulad ng mga Build, Build, Build programs at
ito pong free education. Layunin ko na magkaroon ng at least one
college graduate per family,” he shared.

“Ipagpapatuloy ko rin ang kampanya laban sa iligal na droga,
kriminalidad at korapsyon sa gobyerno. Dadagdagan ko din ang mga
Malasakit Centers sa buong Pilipinas,” promised Go.

Finally, the senator, who currently heads the Senate Committee on
Health, offered medical assistance to any beneficiary. He advised them
to visit the closest Malasakit Center which provides easier access to
the medical assistance programs of the government.

The one-stop stop specifically aims to reduce a hospital bill to the
lowest amount possible by covering various patient services and
expenses, pursuant to Republic Act No. 11463 or the Malasakit Centers
Act of 2019, which Go principally authored and sponsored in the
Senate.

Over three million particularly poor and indigent patients have
benefitted since the program was initiated in 2018. There are
currently 149 fully operational Malasakit Centers nationwide.

“Para sa hindi nakakaalam, ang Malasakit Centers na siyang
pinapalaganap natin sa buong kapuluan ng Pilipinas ay mayroong
layuning magbigay ng tulong para sa ating mga kapwa Pilipinong kapos
palad,” said Go.

“Isa itong one-stop shop kung saan ang mga pasyente ng hospital,
in-patient o out-patient man, ay puwedeng lumapit. Mayroon tayong mga
social workers na nakaantabay upang tulungan kayong mag-asikaso ng
inyong mga pangangailangan at makakuha ng tulong-pinansyal para sa mga
gastusin ninyo sa ospital.”

The online ceremony was also attended by TESDA Director General
Secretary Isidro Lapeña, Deputy Director General for Policies and
Planning Rosanna Urdaneta, Deputy Director General for Operations Lina
Sarmiento, Deputy Director General for Partnerships and Linkages
Aniceto Bertiz III, Deputy Director General for Communities and Local
Government Unit Services Luigi Quisumbing, Regional Director Florencio
Sunico, Jr. and other district directors of TESDA-NCR.

In line with his commitment to furthering technical and vocational
education, Go had filed Senate Bill No. 2156 last May which
institutionalizes the Zamboanga del Sur TESDA Provincial Training and
Assessment Center in Labangan town to provide local residents in the
province access to training courses for middle- and high-skill
occupations.

“Buo ang suporta ko at labis akong nagpapasalamat sa TESDA, sa lahat
ng empleyado nito at sa ating mahal na Pangulong Duterte para sa lahat
ng ginagawa niyo para sa ating mga kababayan,” continued the senator.

“Maraming salamat din sa lahat ng mga ahensyang kaakibat upang mabuo
ang programang ito. Congratulations sa ating beneficiaries, mabuhay
kayong lahat!” (ai/mtvn)

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