TESDA to provide scholarships to Maguindanao massacre victims’ kin
By Ma. Christina C. Arayata
MANILA (Philippines News Agency) — In commemorating the 7th year of the Maguindanao massacre, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) said on Friday it will provide scholarship grants to the victims’ kin.
TESDA Director General Guiling Mamondiong said the agency will provide skills training to the victims’ families as they await for justice.
Aside from the TESDA skills training, Mamondiong said they will coordinate with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to give four-year courses to the family members.
The TESDA chief added that the agency will help the families to find jobs after they have completed their skills training, while those who would like to put up their own businesses will be referred to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), as well as other private organizations.
It may be recalled that on November 23, 2009, some 58 people were killed while on their way to the filing of certificate of candidacy of Esmael Mangudadatu, Buluan town vice mayor.
Among the victims were journalists Gina dela Cruz Carpenteros; Marife Montano Cordova; Jephon Cadagdagon; Andres Teodoro; Maritess Cablitas; Rosell Morales Vivas; Bienvenido Legarta; Joel Parcon; Francisco Subang, Jr.; Arturo Betla; John Caniban; Rey Marisco; Fernando Razon; Jose Duhay; Ronnie Perante; Rubello Bataluna; Benjie Adolfo; Henry Araneta; Victor Nuñez; Joselito Evardo; Daniel Tiamzon; Mac Delbert Areola; Ernesto Maravilla, Jr.; Santos Gatchalian, Jr.; Romeo Kimmy Cabillo; Reynaldo Momay; Hannibal Cachuelo; Noel Decena; Napoleon Salaysay; Lindo Lupogan, Eleonor Dalmacio and Alejandro Reblando.
Deputy Director General for TESDA Operation Alvin Feliciano has coordinated with the National Press Club (NPC) in giving scholarships to the victims’ families.
Mamondiong has also coordinated with TESDA’s regional and provincial offices in Mindanao to coordinate with the families of the victims.
TESDA said the victims’ kin have appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to make sure that justice is served to the criminals during his term. (PNA)