The “Pangulong Gloria Scholarship” (PGS) program made a significant commendation by rural folks as close to 2,000 PGS were given during the three-day mega jobs fair in Northern Mindanao.

The mega job fair, which started during the celebration of 111th Independence Day on Friday, also hit the “hearts and minds” of the poor people, particularly those who wanted to study and get easier jobs or self-employment through livelihood assistance from the government.

“This is a big help by the administration to the people of Misamis, Lanao and other provinces and key cities in Northern Mindanao,” said Secretary Romulo Neri, president and chief executive officer of Social Security System (SSS), and also steward of the government’s Comprehensive Livelihood Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP) in Northern Mindanao region.

At least 3,113 livelihood checks were also awarded to beneficiaries during the three days job generation and livelihood activities in the cities of Cagayan de Oro, Marawi, Iligan, Valencia, Malaybalay.

The mega jobs fair ended Sunday. However, government officials said that this is a continuing program of the government.

One that benefited of the program is Merlinda M. Gillocam.

Gillocam is one of the thousands of beneficiaries of the PGS program.

“I want to acquire more skills somehow to start a small eatery business to support my family,” said a joyous Gillocam.

At the age of 46, Gillocam was pleased to be able to attend formal trainings through the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

She enrolled in a commercial cooking class together with her two daughters at the Golden Heritage Polytechnic College, this city.

“I learned new ways of preparing cheap but delicious meals, it comes really useful also in preparing food for my family,” Gillocam said.

After finishing commercial cooking, Gillocam is planning to take up caregiving course.

According to TESDA, scholars can still opt to avail of additional courses offered under the PGS program provided they have completed their first course under the same scholarship grant.

PGS program aims to provide employable kills/competencies to poor but deserving out-of-school youth and unemployed adults to prepare them for employment both in the local and foreign labor markets.

In a related development, Jasmine S. Baquita, a college fresh graduate from Claveria town, Misamis Oriental likewise availed of the PGS Program aiming to get hold of a level II National Certificate in Animal Production from TESDA.

Jasmine is one of the 45 PGS scholars currently enrolled in Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture and Technology (MOSCAT) in Claveria town.

“The program is really helpful to me. Aside from the free full training fees, I am receiving Php60 per day training support fund for the entire duration of the course,” she said.

Through this, she is hoping to boost her qualification and use it as leverage in looking for a job in the country and abroad.

All line agencies of the government is currently implementing the CLEEP program in an effort to alleviate the global economic clampdown, particularly those displaced overseas workers and domestic.

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