August 24, 2018, Cotabato City — A total of 67 student-beneficiaries from Shariff Saydona Mustapha and Datu Salibo received their National Certificate II from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) after successfully passing the required competency assessment for Driving NC II Course.

Speaking during the Graduation and Handover ceremony held at EM Manor Hotel and Convention Center on Wednesday, PAMANA National Program Management Office Director Sherwin Vizconde thanked the student-beneficiaries — as well as the local government units and other line agencies — for “working hand-in-hand to bring government services closer to fragile communities.”

“This solidarity and collaboration with and among community actors are significant factors in continuously moving forward the peace and development in Mindanao,” Vizconde said.

The student-beneficiaries went through technical vocational training at Darussalam Institute of Technology, Inc. as part of the the 2017 PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA) Program in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

The project aims to provide the students with advanced skills in operating light motor vehicles, transporting passengers and loads, and performing minor vehicle repairs and services.

Aside from the TESDA National Certification, the graduates received driving starter toolkits to prepare them for future employment and livelihood opportunities.

Present during the graduation ceremony were representatives from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), International Organization for Migration (IOM), Municipal Government of Saydona Mustapha and Datu Salibo, and TESDA.

The 2017 PAMANA Program in ARMM is being implemented and funded by OPAPP in partnership with IOM Philippines. ###