Farmers can be carpenters, masons during El Nino: TESDA
Farmers do not have to be sidelined while El Nino scorches their farms until July.
The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) said they could be part-time carpenters, masons and construction workers.
TESDA said it is giving training programs to farmers affected by the El Nino until June this year.
It has initially allotted more than P18 billion for the training expenses of agriculture workers as part of its contribution to government’s program to mitigate the effects of droughts and dry spells.
“Our farmers will need all the help they can get in the El Niño months and training them to acquire new skills is one way of intervention that TESDA can do,” TESDA Director General Irene Isaac said.
“This training will tap their potentials to learn new things, excel in them and make it a source of income,” he added.
A group of farmers from Sarangani completed their masonry course this month and are ready for employment. They were given subsidy while being trained under the cash-for-work program.
They will also get toolkits in case they want to pursue self-employment.
Those who want to find jobs would be referred to the public works department.