National Certificate Holders to Form a Service Cooperative

DAVAO ORIENTAL— A total of 170 National Certificate licentiates here have met in an assembly March 6 at the Provincial Capitol Covered Court to organize themselves into a service cooperative.

Representatives from Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and different schools that offer technical-vocational courses have joined in the said activity.

Facilitated by the Office of the Provincial Governor’s Chief-of-Staff and the Public Employment Services Office (PESO), the assembly aimed at providing opportunities to skilled job seekers here by serving as a linkage to hiring companies and agencies after the service cooperative is organized and registered to DOLE.

Teresita Argel of CDA said that the service cooperative to be organized will be the first in the province. She said this will give priority to the group should agencies need the services available to them.

“The creation of the service cooperative will be advantageous for the national certificate holders as it is mandated that service cooperatives be prioritized in providing services to government agencies,” she said.

Argel added that this will lessen the number of skilled workers here who would have to go overseas for employment as they are provided with livelihood opportunity at the local level. “A cooperative is an investment… they will be taught how to invest and they will undergo mandatory training according to their position in the cooperative,” she said.

Provincial Governor’s Office Chief-of-Staff Ednar Dayanghirang said that the assembly is part of the provincial government’s bid to address deep-seated poverty by curbing the unemployment rate of the province through its Inclusive Governance Framework. He said there have been lots of National Certificate holders here who did not have the opportunity to use their competencies in getting a decent job.

He said the provincial government will help promote the cooperative to hiring companies for faster employment.

Moreover, a website containing the profile of the skilled job seekers will be created, said Dayanghirang. Through the website, employers can readily look for potential candidates, giving priority to the most eligible ones.

Dayanghirang, heads of participating agencies and technical-vocational schools are yet to meet to come up with a date to finally organize the service cooperative. By Riza M. Golez

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