TALIKUD ISLAND, Davao del Norte, Aug. 7 (PNA) — Residents of Talikud Island started receiving skills and livelihood trainings to develop the human resource in preparation for the increase in the number of tourists and investors brought about by the open beach line project in the island resort.
The provincial government recently conducted the trainers’ training on solar light and street lamp assembly, as the first among eight trainings slated this year.
The next trainings lined up include bamboo fan-making, romblon bag and pouch-making, training on operating and using coco-shell moulding machine, coco beads accessories-making, advanced development on poka shell accessories, culinary arts with table skirting, reflexology and massage therapy (NC II), housekeeping (NC II) and carpentry (NCII).
The trainings are under the workforce development component of the Sustainable Tourism Development and Business Enablement Project under the Local Governance Support Program for Local Economic Development (LGSP-LED).
The sector intends to prep up the residents for the 1,294 jobs that were projected to be created by the end of 2016, as Talikud is being geared up to become the best island destination in the south.
Governor Rodolfo del Rosario stressed a dependable workforce is crucial in laying the foundation for speedy development of the island.
“Developing the human resource of the island is a major factor in attracting investments and transforming the island into a major tourist destination,” he said.
The Canadian government-funded project aims to create an open beach model designed to foster inclusive growth in the Island Garden City of Samal.
It intends to attain this by developing the capacities of the private sector and the LGU, particularly in business planning, investment promotion, destination marketing, economic recovery, and sustainable project implementation.
The trainings will be conducted by the province in coordination with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of Labor and Employment, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
Stakeholders implement the trainings based on the assessment on the existing skills and certification levels of the residents.
Other trainings being considered are food and beverage, bartending, frontline servicing, plumbing, house wiring/electrical, mechanical, tour guiding, security force development, community-based assistance and boat tending. (PNA)