Nine former out of school youth are now either employed or more than ready to get a good decent job. This has become possible after TYKFI in partnership with Christ’s Commission Fellowship (CCF) thru its Ministry Uplift Cares Global Movement Foundation, Inc. (UPLIFT), co-sponsored the training of these young unemployed people on Practical Electricity with Workshop Math Course and TESDA NC-II Electrical Installation and Maintenance Course at the Meralco Foundation Inc. (MFI).
Jem Rose Banes, one of only two girls in the group, was named as the top graduate of her MFI –TESDA training. During a very inspiring and emotional address at their graduation on November 25, 2015, she shared with the guests and her classmates how she worked and prayed hard for an opportunity to pursue a good education in order to get a good job.
Jem recalled that she started to work as a helper at the age of 16 years old: “16 taong gulang pa lang nagtrabaho na ako. Anim na taon akong katulong. Nagtiis ako ng maraming taon at maraming Pasko na wala sa pamilya.” And God has been good to her and answered her prayers. She was one of the first Alternative Learning System (ALS) graduates under the care of CCF-UPLIFT and easily qualified for the MFI training. With her NC-II qualification that is TESDA-certified, she is now employed by LG Philippines- Cainta Branch.
Jem, along with her fellow graduates Charito Dabu, Emman dela Rosa, JR Leron, Anthony Tresvalles, Curl Guansing, Adrian Megabon, Gind Talaroc and Yancy Ogalinola, were profuse with gratitude for the generosity of the TYKFI, CCF and MFI. All of them are now equipped with the special skills to find a job and earn an income for themselves and their families. They were awarded a certificate of completion by the MFI and NC-II certificate in Electrical Installation and Maintenance by TESDA.
During the class graduation, Pastor Mario de Jesus, president of CCF’s UPLIFT program said that he is very proud of this batch of MFI trainees for having all passed the difficult exams of the course. “We had to give them a crash course in Mathematics since computation of measurements are essential in electrical work.” Mr. de Jesus likewise said like what they do with their other scholars: “Tutok kami sa kanila. We made sure that they can pass the final exam. Next, is finding them their employment.”
The success of the first TYKFI-CCF-UPLIFT collaboration was made possible with the efforts of the project team: Elizabeth T. Alba, Valerie Tan and Evelyn Abao of TYKFI, Vladimir Santos, Loida Dumaguin (Business Development Manager) and Trainor Joseph Mabilog of MFI and Pastor Mario “Ito” de Jesus, Ian D. Resuta (Consultant and Project Coordinator) and Josef Yutankin (Assistant Project Coordinator) of CCF.
Meanwhile, TYKFI’s Corporate Communications Officer Valerie Tan congratulated the nine graduates, being the first Foundation scholars who finished a course in electrical installation and maintenance. She said that the support for livelihood training programs is part of the Foundation’s vision and legacy of caring. She also said that the graduates are blessed with mentors and parents who value hard work and good education. Lastly, she said that TYKFI’s sponsorship of livelihood projects to the less privileged is a way of giving back to the community.