Las Piñas City Mayor Vergel Aguilar lauded the more than 2,000 new graduates of the local technical skills training center as he credited Senator Manny Villar for his crucial role in providing livelihood opportunities to them.
In his speech during the recent commencement exercises, Mayor Aguilar urged the new batch of graduates to be more innovative and to persevere in their acquired skills to emulate the success of Senator Villar whose vision of sipag at tiyaga (diligence and perseverance) is the rallying point of the program.
Aguilar credited Villar as the moving force behind this livelihood endeavor, way back since he became a congressman, by providing a building for the training facility and the necessary assistance to the graduates for employment or small capital to start their own business. He added that Senator Villar’s vision and ideas of helping Las Piñeros find gainful employment through skills development and training helped make the Las Piñas Training Center an outstanding training center in the country.
“Like the story of Senator Villar, you too can become successful entrepreneurs with sheer sipag at tiyaga using your skills and training,” Aguilar urged the graduates.
The skills and manpower training center produces batches of graduates of not less than 2,000 every quarter or 8,000 every year who are Las Piñas residents. It provides free educational skills for those who could not afford to pursue college education for lack of financial capability.
The livelihood-training courses which give focus and priority to skills development courses like welding, auto mechanic, computer technician, bar tending and cooking, and related skills, which is in demand locally and abroad are conducted in coordination with the Technical Education & Skills Development Administration (TESDA).
Apart from the livelihood training center, Mayor Aguilar & Senator Villar also grant every year a full scholarship to 5,000 youth and students at the Dr. Felimon C. Aguilar Memorial College (DFCAMC) and the Dr. Felimon C. Aguilar Information Technology Institute (DFCAIT).