CATARMAN, Northern Samar — No less than the Secretary of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Director General Isidro S. Lapeña, led the launching of “Project GLADYS” of the agency-led Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) held at TESDA – Las Navas Agro Industrial School in Las Navas, this province.

As introduced by TESDA Regional Director Dante Navarro, the Secretary was designated by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte as the PRLE Cluster head to forward the administration’s peace advocacy as outlined under the Executive Number 70.

“The Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster is a convergence of different agencies, not only TESDA, because TESDA will only give trainings but other inputs will be provided by other members of the cluster such as the Department of Agriculture, Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Trade and Industry and other agencies,” said Secretary Lapeña.

“Twenty-one (21) government agencies are members of the cluster that could deliver programs and services that the lives of the community will improve and I am here, as an affirmation that the services of the government will really be felt in the local community, the barangay,” Sec Lapena added.   

Project GLADYS on the other hand is a core project of TESDA offered to the Deputy Director General who died because of this pandemic and who hails from San Jose, Northern Samar which stands for Ganap na Serbisyo Laban sa Kahirapan, Agrikutura at Teknolohiya, Dagdag na kaalaman at Kasanayan, Yaman ng Sambayanan.

In a message of Governor Edwin Ongchuan as represented by Vice Governor Gary Lavin, it said the project is aimed at influencing communities to realize their own capabilities. With this initiative, the PRLEC under the Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Conflict hopes to be able to make those insurgent-affected communities resilient, productive, and sustainable.

Hence, through the PTF-ELCAC, the governor assured that the province will remain its partner in the quest for a lasting peace by initiating programs, initiative, and socio-economic interventions in geographically isolated and depressed areas in the province of Northern Samar.

After all, he said, these efforts point to a common direction and ultimate goal which is summed up in the provincial government’s vision – Nortehanon: Marig-on, Mainuswagon, and Malipayon.

Present during the launching were PRLE Cluster members; Vice Governor Gary Lavin; Mayor Arlito Tan and Vice Mayor Minda Tan; Col. Lowell Tan, 803rd Brigade Commander; and Lt. Col. Juan Gullem, 20IB Commanding Officer.

Also present were the PNP, TESDA Regional and Provincial Directors with the personnel and Staff, project recipients from Barangay San Miguel of Las Navas, Northern Samar and PIA (ADiaz/PIA-Northern Samar)