TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña and Ilagan City Mayor Josemarie Diaz show the signed memorandum of agreement on deed of usufruct on Thursday night. (Photo by VINCE JACOB VISAYA)

Technical Education Skills and Development Authority secretary Isidro Lapeña and Mayor Josemarie Diaz have signed the memorandum of agreement with for the deed of usufruct, allowing free use of the lot from the city government for the national agency’s provincial office in the city.

Ecstatic with the development, Lapeña lauded the city government for the help and graciousness.

The secretary had a two-day sortie in Isabela and Cagayan to supervise trainings and give assistance to former rebels and indigenous people.

“We aim to develop self-reliant communities even in remote areas with these trainings,” he said.

Twenty-five former rebels and their wives have started training on   electrical installation and maintenance NC II and cookery NC II in Disulap, San Mariano, Isabela under TESDA’s Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) and Special Training for Employment Program (STEP).

Secretary Lapeña also monitored the TESDA Isabela-launched Project IRIK or “Implementation of Resources for Isabeleños towards Key employment and livelihood as intervention” in Jones town.

At least 125 villagers in Jones town have started their training on shielded metal arc welding NC I and tailoring NC II. (VINCE JACOB VISAYA, Manila Times News Correspondent and Luzonwide News Correspondent Publishing editor)