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Daan sa Pagbabago

posted Sep 21, 2018, 1:23 AM by Caraga Web Admin   [ updated Sep 21, 2018, 1:23 AM ]


Mabait, masikap at matulungin. Ganyan mailarawan ng kanyang Ama at Ina si Ben Mark Oclarit may 19 na taong gulang  residente ng Poblacion, Bacuag, Surigao del Norte. Panganay sa apat na magkakapatid; magsasaka ang kanyang Tatay at walang trabaho ang kanyang Ina. May 16 na taong gulang pa lamang si Ben nang una nitong tikman ang droga at mula noon ay hindi na siya nakawala sa pagkakagapos sa ipinagbabawal na gamot, kwento ng binata. Batid niyang impluwensya sa barkada ang naging dahilan ng paggamit niya droga na nagbigay daan din ng isa pang malaking problema.  “Sa madalas kong paggamit, nagkaroon ako ng karelasyon na mas matanda pa sa akin. Hindi ito nagustuhan ng aking mga magulang sapagkat masyado pa daw akong bata. Nangangamba sila baka mag-aasawa ako ng maaga. Kaya ipinadala nila ako sa Tiyo ko sa Cebu upang maiwas sa barkada at maagang pag-aasawa.”

Hindi aakalain ni Ben na ang pagpunta sa isang banyagang lugar ay simula ng pagbabago sa kanyang buhay. “Isang eksperyensyadong welder ang aking Tiyuhin. Isang araw pinasubok niya sa akin ang pagwewelding at doon nakitaan niya ako ng potensyal. Mula noon ay ipinasok niya ako ng isang part time job sa Cebu. Pero anim na buwan lang ang itinagal ko sa Cebu dahil hindi ko kinayang malayo ng matagal sa aking pamilya. Kaya pinaulwi ako ng aking Nanay.” Ang patuloy niyang pagsasalaysay.

Isang kaibigan ang lumapit sa kanya at nagbigay-alam tungkol sa libreng training ng Shielded Metal Arc Welding NC I at NC II sa Surigao del Norte College of Agriculture and Technology (SNCAT). Hindi siya nagdalawang-isip na mag-enroll agad at sa tulong ng pagkuha ng impormasyon, maswerte siyang isa sa mga naging beneficiary sa scholarship ng Barangay Kabuhayan Skills Training Program (BKSTP). Dahil sa matinding determinasyong magbagong buhay, noong January, 2017 si Ben na dating lulong sa droga at piniling layuan ang masamang bisyo ay naging sertipikadong SMAW NC I at NC II holder. Isang katuwaan at itinuturing niya ngayong malaking tagumpay sa kanyang buhay sapagkat sa pamamagitan ng TESDA Training na iyon nagbunsud ito upang makapasok siya bilang isang welder sa OIC Construction.

Bagaman 3rd year high school lamang ang natapos ni Ben Mar ay nangangarap parin siyang makatapos ng pag-aaral, aniya, hindi hadlang ang minsang pagkalugmok upang hindi bumangon ulit. Pangarap niyang maiahon sa kahirapan ang kanyang pamilya at makaranas ng maginhawang pamumuhay sa hinaharap.

“Ako, sir Ben Mar Oclarit, isang drug surrenderer, dating drug addict, nagtraining ng welding sa TESDA at ngayong nagtratrabaho na, nangangarap na mag-abroad para sa pag-unlad ng sarili at pamilya.” Saad niyang bakas ang ngiti sa kanyang mga labi at ningning sa mga mata.

New Hope, New Beginning with TESDA

posted Mar 17, 2018, 2:05 AM by Caraga Web Admin   [ updated Mar 17, 2018, 2:05 AM ]

            Ms. Manilyn F. Angob, a native of Caramcam District, Mangagoy, Bislig City and who belongs to mamanua tribe, shared her story how TESDA changed her life with a new hope and a new beginning.


                Fourth among the six siblings, was raised with a very simple life by a father who is a fisherman and a mother who is a plain housewife. Her primary and secondary education was hardly earned and was made possible with the support of her elder sister who is a fish vendor.

                After completing High School, she enrolled a program on Computer Hardware Servicing (CHS) NC II as scholar in 2009 at Southern Technological Institute of the Philippines (STIP), Inc. with her aim to land a job and to continue her dream of finishing a course related to Computer Science. Everything has fallen into places, after undergoing the national competency assessment that time in CHS NC II, she passed and was issued with a National Certificate level II and got a job as Computer Operator at CLICKZONE INTERNET CAFÉ, Mangagoy, Bislig City. With a monthly salary of P 3,500.00, it was already enough for her to at least save money for her studies in college. In 2015, in spite of her doubts, she enrolled and successfully graduated a Two-Year Course Associate in Computer Science at Andres Soriano College, Inc., Mangagoy, Bislig City.

                “It was not that easy,” she recalled. “There are times that we opt not to take two meals in a day just to save for my tuition fee and school projects. There was even a time that I almost quit because of financial reasons,” she added.

                 She boldly weathered all the hardships and trials during those years. To further enhance her knowledge and skills in computer technology, last March 2017 when she was informed of the TESDA scholarship on Computer Systems Servicing NC II offered at Andres Soriano College of Bislig, Inc., Mangagoy, Bislig City, without any hesitation, she enrolled the program and diligently studied the course. During the National Assessment, she was rated as Competent. It was the turning point of her life.

                After the training, she got a job at the City Government of Bislig as Computer Encoder in a Job Order status detailed at the TESDA Surigao del Sur Sub Office at Mancarogo, Poblacion, Bislig City.

                In search for additional knowledge and skills, on November 2017, she enrolled at Bislig City District II Skills Training Center with the program Hilot (Wellness Massage) NC II and got the certification. 

               After her contract with the City Government of Bislig on December 2017, she was automatically absorbed by TESDA Surigao del Sur PO as Support Staff on CACS program in a Job Order status and is now earning a gross income of Seven Thousand Pesos (P 7,000.00) per month that includes her sideline income from being a masseur.

                “TESDA has given me New Hope and New Beginning to continue my journey in life”, she proudly said. (NCG, TESDA-Surigao del Sur)

Secret to Jef’s Success: How Did He Do It?

posted Mar 17, 2018, 1:50 AM by Caraga Web Admin   [ updated Mar 17, 2018, 1:57 AM ]

Pitted between family and society, which would you choose?

 Generally, Filipinos could not do away with the “family first” principle since Filipinos practice close family ties.  Be that as it may, a person can choose to serve his community to the best of his ability only when the immediate family is economically stable.   

 But such is not the case for Jefrey Corton Indangan of Purok 2, New Alegria, Cecilia, San Luis, Agusan del Sur.

 Stuck between family obligation and social responsibility, Jef, as what his close friends call him, unsuspectingly and unmindfully embraced both. 

 Born and raised from indigent parents of a Manobo race, Jef is not naive to the harsh clutches of life and poverty. However, he claimed that the difficulty he has faced challenges him to push further until he succeeded.

 Now twenty-two years old, Jef fondly mused that even when he was still a kid, motorcycles and cars have always fascinated him so much that he decided to study automotive technology after finishing high school.

 Indeed, Jef recalled that every time he goes to San Francisco for an errand, he would usually pass by Agusan del Sur School of Arts and Trades (ASSAT) and imagine himself studying there.  

 However, Jef’s life took a sharp swerve when he took the entrance exam for the Three-Year Automotive Technology in ASSAT and failed.  Despite the disappointment, he refused to give up his childhood dreams so he opted to study Two-Year Automotive Technology at St. Francis Xavier College instead.

 “I know some people look down on technical-vocational graduates but I don’t mind them.  I don’t talk a lot about my achievements.  I just do what I love to do which is fixing cars and motorcycles.”

 Thus, after Jef graduated from his tertiary education, he now owns an automotive shop situated in his locality. 

 “Almost all of the families in our place have motorcycles or multicabs and they look for automotive shops nearby in order to maintain their vehicles up and keep it in running the time. Living in one of the innermost barangay of San Luis, going to the town for preventive maintenance of service vehicle would be an added cost. Thus, Jef believes that by establishing an automotive repair shop in their locality he has helped the people a lot in saving some time to go to the next barangay which is a few kilometers away just to have their motorcycles and multicabs fixed.

 His business venture is banked on the entrepreneurial concept that whatever is not readily available in the chosen market but is deemed necessary makes a good business.

“I have this kind of business because we don’t have any auto shops in our place.  We have a very rough, muddy road and so I thought that motorists needed help with the maintenance and repair of their motorcycles and vehicles for everyday 20-kilometer bumpy rides to and fro. Also, I’m just a call away for a home service or worst if they got stuck in the mud.”

 However, this young entrepreneur still needs all the aid in all forms he can get. “I am planning to buy some additional tools so I can really work with so much ease on the parts that needed fixing.”  

 Meanwhile, Jef is thinking of naming his business into “Indangan Autoshop” since he is set to share his knowledge and to teach the skills he learned from school to his father and three brothers. 

 For Jef, he has a brighter future ahead and he sees himself working alongside his family in order to give satisfaction to their customers.   

 True enough, the said automotive shop has helped his family in many ways such as providing household needs as well as it has helped him assist his parents in sending his siblings to school.

 “Maybe my customers are satisfied with my work and that’s why I get a lot of customers.  I guess my work speaks for itself.”

 Meanwhile, Jef cannot yet see himself working overseas because he feels that his parents still need him.

 However, Jef’s humility is his dominant character when he stated “…I am so grateful to God because he has given me the strength to pursue what I love to do.  Difficulties have challenged me twice.  First, when I didn’t pass the entrance exam in ASSAT.  Second, I had dengue for a month.  But, these didn’t stop me to still finish my studies.”

 Lastly, Jef encourages all Filipinos “…to pursue their dreams.  No matter how many times trials knock you down, just get up and keep trying until you succeed.”(ADM, ASSAT)



Mamanua Tribe Youth Group establishes their own Sari-sari Store and raised hogs

posted Mar 17, 2018, 1:47 AM by Caraga Web Admin   [ updated Mar 17, 2018, 1:48 AM ]

Last January 13-14, 2018, a group of tribal youth of Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte underwent a training on Basic Record Keeping: a joint program of the LGU-Agusan del Norte, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO), Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PWSDO) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Agusan del Norte Provincial Office.

During the Training on Basic Record Keeping at PTC-Cabadbaran w/ trainer, Buenafe G. Enaya


These graduates who formed an association were Ruby A. Anlagan (17), Jessa A. Dayong (15), Jelly A. Jock (14), Rudelyn A. Pinao (21) together with other tribal youth in the barangay come-up with livelihood activity like hog raising and the establishment of  Sari-sari Store through the help of LGU-Agusan del Norte.

Presently, the group started to earn income while studying and are determined that someday they can uplift their standard of living.

During the culmination program, a graduate named Rudelyn A. Pinao said and I quote, “We wanted to prove that we at the tribal community can stand and are destined to succeed.(COT, TESDA Agusan del Norte)



Canaway Mamanua Tribe Youth Leader 

Newly Establish Sari-sari Store at P-5 Canaway, Kitcharao

The Success Story of Ms. Arcilla G. Subibi

posted Sep 11, 2017, 5:20 PM by Caraga Web Admin   [ updated Sep 11, 2017, 5:21 PM ]

Rearing a special child is a very challenging job for a mother like Ms. Arcilla G. Subibi. Though she is a Baccalaureate Degree holder, she still desires to learn a skill believing that it will help her earn more income. So when the training opportunity came via the Office of Congressman Florencio C. Garay of the 2nd District of Surigao del Sur announcing a training for Massage Therapy for free, she readily availed of the scholarship grant.

Taking the training seriously, Ms. Subibi successfully made it during the National Competency Assessment Level II. For two months she continued to enhance her skills in massage therapy and offered her services free of charge. Her intense desire to become one of the trainers of the same qualification made her decide to undergo the Trainer’s Methodology (TM1) and Assessment Methodology (AM1). She deservingly passed the requirements of the said training. It was a breakthrough for her, and more clients came.

She then decided to organize the Bislig Massage Therapists Association (BISMASTA) with its massage clinic now located at the heart of Bislig City.

At present, Ms. Subibi’s source of income is out of her earnings in the massage clinic that they put up, and from the her home services with a total minimum amount of one thousand pesos (P 1,000.00) per day . Aside from that, she is also earning a minimum of Five Thousand Pesos (P 5,000.00) honorarium as trainer per training conducted. Truly, it helped augment her family’s income. Ms. Subibi says “in whatever endeavor, do it with passion and dedication. Exercise professionalism and integrity. Always strive for quality and excellence, and success will surely follow”.

Seon Kris Food Products

posted Sep 6, 2017, 10:42 PM by Caraga Web Admin   [ updated Sep 6, 2017, 10:52 PM ]

“True entrepreneurs can always build a business around any idea that interests people in general. With that in mind, I went on to pursue what I love doing, and that is – cooking; and of course producing what people will always have money to spend for – and that is food,” says Bernadette Gomez Manuel.

Her passion in business started when she was in college with a start-up capital P300 making peanut rolls. Bernadette’s entrepreneurial skill was influenced by her parents who built a small sari-sari business at home. After gaining additional knowledge and skills in food processing, she then started to produce a diversified line of products consisting of fish polvoron, dried & salted squid or nokus bulingit, and later on added the dish washing liquid. These are the products she introduced in the market bearing the trade name Seon Kris Food Products.

Nadette as she is fondly called, hails from Malimono, Surigao del Norte and a college degree holder. However, circumstance met her way when she got pregnant before graduation. Thisdisappointed her parents thinking this will hinder her from getting a job.

But instead of getting discouraged, she anchored her belief on faith and hard work. She grabbed the opportunity of enrolling in a TESDA-TWSP training in her college hometown, the Surigao State College of Technology-Malimono campus in 2009. This led her into pursuing her passion in business after getting certified in the TESDA Food Processing NC II.

“What meager accomplishments in business I got back then, did not happen by accident. Business is in the blood. It takes a lot of commitment, hard work and dedication. My business ventures begin with a lot of passion and persistence,” Nadette shared.

Her love for peanut rolls started when she was still a student at St. Paul University Surigao. She met a very close friend whose parents were engaged on peanut roll production and she learned the processes and techniques on how to produce peanut rolls.

After getting trained in food processing she ventured on the production of Seon Kris polvoron giving employment to some friends and neighbors. Inspired by the abundant catch of squid “Nukos-bulingit” in the locality, she expanded her product line introducing Seon Kris dried squid and salted squid.

Her product lines were brought out from their own place to the bigger market.

“With the technology support acquired from the Department of Trade and Industry, the market for my products is not only confined here in Surigao City, but I was also able to penetrate the cities of Butuan and Cagayan de Oro”, she added.

From the P300 start-up capital, Nadette was able to grow her business to P144,860 in 2010. Likewise, the Seon Kris Peanut Rolls opened her to business trips abroad.

“The opportunity for travel also helped me gain critical learning experiences as my business also grew along with it. It developed me along the way in enhancing my products and my skills in management to ensure a successful flight for my budding business”. 

Along with her business were the many beautiful things that went through her way. She was invited on the following entrepreneurial gatherings to speak about and share her experiences in running the Seon Kris Food Products in the following events:



  1. Department of Labor and Employment during the 1st Provincial Livelihood and Employment Summit 2011. 

  2. DTI - Rural Micro Enterprise Promotion Programme (RuMEPP) for a display of my products during the Caraga Festival, Mindanao Trade Expo and Oro Best. 

  3. DTI- RuMEPP International Food Exhibition (IFEX) Philippines 2011 held in SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines last May 12-14, 2011 which expanded Seon Kris Food Products in the market from local distribution to the national arena. 

  4. 34th Session of the IFAD Governing Council last February 19-20, 2011 at IFAD Headquarters in Rome, Italy to talk and share the failures and successes in running a business at an early age together with other speakers from India, Sri Lanka, Kingdom of Tonga, and Vietnam. 

  5. Market encounter and launching of the DOLE Caraga Empowering the Small and Medium Enterprises on August 23-25, 2012 at Butuan City.

Nadette did not only look upon her own welfare as she also shared her experiences and knowledge to her community. With her initiative, DOLE recognized and registered the Malimono Processed Squid Producers Association (MaPSPA) composed of 40 mostly young people and unemployed adults in the community. MaPSPA hopes to give opportunity for the community to earn income through the squid products with a working capital of P190.513 including the fabrication of mechanical dryer and acquisition of digital weighing scale and production tools. 

“The success I have achieved this far has also made some transformation in me. A different Nadette is born, an impression I heard from one of the fellow teachers of my father. Yes, I feel the difference in me – from a very spoiled brat, irresponsible and very dependent child to a small entrepreneur, who can very well stand on her own”, Nadette expressed with honor. 

Nadette credited the success of her business to her parents, who exposed her to the world of entrepreneurship. Her parents were both engaged in small businesses. With their small earnings, they were able to venture into many small scale businesses, such as photo copying, soft binding and encoding and even piggery and poultry, and a sari-sari store. Prior to these the family was also into backyard gardening. 

Seon Kris Food Products is now in its fifth year of operation. 

“As a neophyte in this undertaking, there are difficulties and discouragements but I am secured in the thought that business activities will be sustained through hard work and dedication and with the continuous support of the various government agencies that have helped me grow along the way. Be a happy giver, for the amount you gave will be replicated more,” Nadette concluded.

Success Story of PFC Olin P. Caduyac

posted Sep 6, 2017, 9:52 PM by Caraga Web Admin   [ updated Sep 6, 2017, 10:00 PM ]

Mr. Olin P. Caduyac is a resident of Quezon, Tandag City, Surigao del Sur, a high school graduate with post-secondary technical-vocational education in Consumer Electronics Servicing NC II and Driving NC II.

Availing a college education is impossible for him because his parents only have meager income enough to sustain their daily needs. So after graduating from high school, he made sure to help his parents in his own little way by accepting work as a construction helper. Truly, his earnings had contributed a lot to his family.

Olin did not stop working out his dream. He heard through the radio about the skills training supported by the Hon. Congressman Philip A. Pichay at the Access for Youth Training and Employment Center (AYEC). He opted to enroll in Consumer Electronics Servicing (CES) NC II which is in line with his interest. After completing the CES program, he again enrolled at the Jobs through Tech-Voc Provincial Skills Training Center (JTP-PSTC) for Driving NC II believing the importance of acquiring many skills for him to find a good and decent work.

Aiming for success in the National Assessment of these two qualifications, he showed his diligence and passion during the training and in his exposure to actual work situation that enabled him to pass the national assessment both in CES NC II and Driving NC II with flying colors. To obtain more experience in driving and in doing domestic appliance repair, Olin voluntarily offered his driving skills and electronics services to his relatives and friends.

Another opportunity came when the Philippine Army announced that they were hiring men with knowledge and skills in Driving. With God’s blessings, Olin with confidence applied for the position. His National Certificates in CES and Driving enabled him to be one of the priority applicants for the job needed. He was enlisted and now he is receiving a salary of not less than fifteen thousand (P 15,000.00) pesos a month. Aside from his fixed monthly income, he also has an extra income from his skills in home appliance repair. Olin says “My TESDA National Certificates II in Consumer Electronics Servicing and Driving made me a priority recruit in the Philippine Army."

Success Story of Marlon T. Ponlaon

posted Sep 6, 2017, 6:39 PM by Caraga Web Admin   [ updated Sep 6, 2017, 6:40 PM ]

A store owner at Madrid, Surigao del Sur, Mr. Marlon T. Ponlaon is a native of Burgos, Cortes, Surigao del Sur. Mr. Ponlaon had proven that poverty is not a hindrance in reaching his dream. With his positive attitude, he engaged in various self-help economic activities like vending pork barbecue for him to sustain his educational expenses. He finally settled as a house helper until the time he graduated with a course of Bachelor of Science in Finance Administration.

Then he received information over the radio about the Training for Work Scholarship Program - a free skills training supported by the Hon. Congressman Philip A. Pichay. Out of curiosity Marlon enrolled in Consumer Electronics Servicing NC II at Access for Youth Training and Employment Center (AYEC) Center. He just wanted to experience TVET education by that time.

After a couple of sessions in the electronics laboratory, he found it very interesting. He gave his best during the training and successfully performed the required competencies during the national assessment.

Then, Marlon tried his luck in Singapore after the painful tragedy that happened to his wife who died due to a severe illness. After a year, he decided to come home to open a business in Madrid.

The MJ Commercial and Cellphone repair shop was established. With his training in consumer electronics, he was able to run his business efficiently. His shop offers cellphone repair and other services related to electronics servicing. Now he has two employees (a sales boy and a sales lady). His average monthly income is not less than 20,000.00 pesos.

Success in his business went hand in hand with his success in love. He found a new love and they have already made wedding plans. He is also planning to expand and open a branch in other locations in the province. According to Marlon, “Poverty is not a hindrance to success. Knowledge and skills are partners. Work hard to be successful.”


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