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Red Cross starts construction of Tacloban training center

BY the end of the year, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) hopes to open a training center which will offer technical vocational, or “tech-voc,” courses for skills training and development.

PRC Chairman Richard J. Gordon and Mustada Alsayed, secretary-general of Bahrain’s Royal Charity Organization, other PRC officials and local officials led the groundbreaking ceremony held on Sunday to mark the start of construction work for the training center.

Gordon disclosed that the two-floor building, to be built inside the PRC Tacloban Chapter compound, will take four months to complete.

“We are optimistic that this training center, which will be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, will help Leyteños earn a living by providing them with vocation skills, like masonry, plumbing and welding, among others. Providing livelihood assistance is among the humanitarian services that we provide in the Red Cross. Instead of just giving them fish, we will teach them how to fish,” he said.

“By teaching them technical skills, they will be able to earn for their needs without having to depend on dole outs from the government or donations from different organizations,” he added.

Training courses to be offered will include basic carpentry and masonry, plumbing, basic electrician training, and other similar short-term courses.

“These short-term courses are designed to provide skills that they can use immediately after graduation,” Gordon said. 

During the ceremony, Gordon, Alsayed, PRC Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang, Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez and other PRC officials capped the time capsule, while Gordon, Alsayed and the chairman of the PRC Leyte’s Board of Directors sealed it.

The training center is a project funded by a $400,000 donation from the Royal Charity Organization of the Kingdom of Bahrain. A similar training center will also be simultaneously constructed inside the PRC Logistics and Center in Subic.

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