Livelihood courses offered to evacuees

Posted at 08/09/2012 5:38 PM | Updated as of 08/09/2012 5:38 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Trainers from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) have been deployed to various evacuation centers in Metro Manila to provide livelihood courses to flood victims.

Courses offered to male evacuees are carpentry, basic plumbing and electrical wiring, and car repair while food preparation and food processing courses are offered to females.

TESDA Director-General Joel Villanueva, in his visit to Nangka Elementary School in Marikina on Thursday, said the training course is part of the government’s rehabilitation program for affected families of the recent floods.

Villanueva said the courses are offered to help evacuees make a living despite their condition.

In Nangka Elementary School alone, more than 7,000 individuals are temporarily staying at the makeshift evacuation center.

Marikina City's public information office said more than 6,000 families or nearly 50,000 residents are housed in evacuation centers in the city.

Data from the Department of Social Welfare and Development, meanwhile, showed that more than 250,000 individuals have been displaced by the floods nationwide. -- Report from Junrey Hidalgo, dzMM