𝗧𝗘𝗦𝗗𝗔 𝗖𝗔𝗥 𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗿-𝘃𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗿𝗲𝗯𝘂𝗶𝗹𝗱 𝘀𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗮𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗵𝗼𝘂𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗕𝗼𝗵𝗼𝗹
Some Odette-affected families in the towns of Inabanga, Loboc, Ubay, and Guindulman finally welcomed 2022 with a roof over their heads after a 19-man TESDA CAR team deployed last January four (4) helped in rebuilding several houses for approximately 4 weeks.
More than a month after the ordeal, some families are slowly recovering from the damages left by Odette. Immediate purposeful action to rebuild houses was initiated by Secretary Isidro Lapena through its banner program TESDAmayan to help hundreds of Filipino families affected by the Typhoon.
“We thank the selflessness of our volunteers who went to Bohol despite the threat of COVID-19. There, they were deployed to communities where there are no potable water and very exorbitant prices of food. They sleep on floors, and in the morning continue in assisting the community rebuild their homes.
They went above and beyond the call of duty to assist our fellow countrymen,” said Regional Director Jeffrey Ian C. Dy.
On January 4, the TESDA CAR team led by Assistant Regional Director Joel M. Pilotin fled to Bohol through the C130 plane with the help of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The team was met by TESDA Bohol Provincial Director Winifredo Salas and later the trainers were divided into four groups with their assigned areas of responsibility.
The groups met the affected families and their devastated house structures that needed repairs and rehabilitation.
On January 28, with the able hands of Team Cordillera, the trainers were able to repair and restore 19 structures, with Team Abra consisting of 6 trainers repaired 9 houses in Biabas, Guindolman, Bohol, and 3 men from team Mt. Province restored the Rural Health Unit (RHU). In Ubay, Bohol, 6 men from team Ifugao and Apayao repaired 5 houses in Canlasid, Loboc, Bohol, and 5 men from team Kalinga repaired 2 houses in Cagayan, Inabanga, Bohol including the damaged roofing of PTC Inabanga.
Aside from rebuilding the houses, team Cordillera trained the resident’s valuable skills in Carpentry, Electrical Installation and Maintenance, Welding, and Masonry that will certainly help them in starting a livelihood and becoming employable. Some trainers from PTC Jagna, Pilar, Bilar and Inabanga, Bohol also helped during the construction of the damaged houses.
“Dahil sa tulong ng mga taga TESDA-CAR team at mga trainees ang bahay kong nasira ng bagyong Odette ay nagawa na, ang plywood na dingding ay nagawa pati ang kuryente (electrical wirings ) ng aking bahay. Maraming salamat sa TESDA, sana marami pa kayong matutulungan!”, said Mr. Candelarion Dalagon, one of the affected residents in Canlasid, Loboc, Bohol.
On January 30, TESDA Bohol PD Salas had organized a TESDAmayan exit program as a way of thanking TESDA CAR Augmentation team and other partners who tirelessly helped in rebuilding a new home and sacrificed their time with their families to aid the typhoon-hit families in Bohol.
The TESDA CAR team expressed their gratitude for the valuable opportunity to assist their kababayan during these tough times.
“Team Cordillera that were dispatched to Bohol really gave enlightenment to the areas where they were assigned, marami tayong natulungan at hindi nila maisalarawan ang kanilang kasiyahan sa tulong ng programang TESDAmayan,”said Mr. Artemio Jose, one of the team leader.
The TESDAmayan banner program of the agency does not differ from the “Binaddang” (Bayanihan) culture that was embedded in the hearts of every Cordilleran. True to its mandate TESDA Abot Lahat. //SNMP (Photo Courtesy: PTC Kalinga Administrator Artemio Jose)