Forty-eight inmates of the North Cotabato provincial jail celebrated an extra special Father’s day this year by receiving their certification as appliance repair technicians.
The inmates graduated on Saturday from the training program provided by the Technical Education and Skills Training Authority (TESDA). So for Father’s day, they celebrated not just their roles in the family, but also their new qualifications which will help them when they return to mainstream society.
Al 48 inmates are now proud holders of National Certificate II for appliance repair works.
“They are now equipped with skills when they rejoin the mainstream,” TESDA-North Cotabato provincial director El Cid Castillo said.
The skills training program was offered through a partnership with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology of North Cotabato. The one-month long program was conducted inside the jail facility in Barangay Amas, Kidapawan City. It was managed by TESDA-North Cotabato’s Mobile Training Laboratory.
“With this training, the notion that once an inmate you are already hopeless is now erased because there is TESDA that will help you become better and productive persons once you step out of here,” Castillo said.
All enrollees in the program graduated and received their certification, with the exception of two who were freed before the program’s completion.