ILOILO CITY, April 7 (PNA) -– Iloilo First District Cong. Oscar Garin and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) officials will have grand launching Tuesday of the Special Training for Employment (STEP) at the Guimbal Gymnasium here.

Garin, in an interview, said that the program is congruent to his poverty alleviation thrust for the first district. The program will provide skills training to interested young people in the 10 towns preferably from poor families who were able to graduate in high school through the Alternative Learning System (ALS).

The ALS graduates would be given opportunity to continue honing their skills for their livelihood via the STEP.

Through the STEP, young people could undergo training such as electrical installation for those from the town of Oton, manicure/pedicure and carpentry for Tigbauan, concrete/masonry surface plastering for Guimbal, cellular phone repair and maintenance for Tubungan, construction pating for Igbaras, wellness massage and plumbing for Miag-ao, and small engine systems and components for San Joaquin.

The trainings will range from 15 to 33 days depending on the qualification titles pursued.

TESDA will also launch Tuesday the Private Education Student Financial Assistance to deserving students in the first district who opt to take auto servicing, household services, housekeeping, computer hardware servicing, food and beverage services, and consumer electronics servicing.(PNA)