Dualtech Center meets OSYs in Basilan

DTC in BasilanDualtech Center was introduced by the Office of the Vice President (OVP) team in its recent trip in Sumisip, Basilan to Out-Of-School youth (OSY) who may qualify for scholarship in Dualtech’s 2-Year Electromechanics Technology course. Due to lack of opportunities in Sumisip, these youths are prospective recruits of the Abu Sayaff Group.

In 2017, these OSYs were the beneficiaries of the communal vegetable garden project, a partnership between Vice Mayor Jul-Adman Hataman and the 64th Infantry Batallion which was also supported by Angat Buhay through provision of farm tools, seed, fertilizer, and fencing materials. In order to foster long-term opportunities for the families, selected scholars will be sent for technical training at Dualtech Center in Canlubang, Calamba City.

Mayor Gulam Hataman and his son Vice Mayor Jul-Adman Hataman, partners in the Angat Buhay program, co-organized the meeting with Vice President Leni Robredo and different local stakeholders in Basilan. Several OSYs, youth leaders, parents, military units, school, and LGU officials attended the training-to-employment orientation given by Messrs. Rodolfo Sta Ana and Leonard Calma of Dualtech Center at the 64th Infantry Batallion Camp, Brgy. Tumahubong, Sumisip, Basilan. One aspiring Basilan scholar said, “Ang masasabi ko sa Dualtech ay malaking tulong kasi nagbibigay sila ng pag-asa para sa ating kinabukasan. Kung mabibigyan man tayo ng pagkakataon na makapasok dito, pagsisikapan at kakayanin namin ito. Mag-aral tayo ng mabuti para hindi masayang ang tulong na ibibigay nila.”. As youth leader, he also shared that many students had lost the interest to study due to poor school facilities and hardly conducive learning environment.

Vice President Leni Robredo thanked the LGU officials and the community for gathering the OSYs in Sumisip, Basilan. She was happy to share that she spent her 2nd year as Vice President in the province of Basilan. Angat Buhay partnership is present in two municipalities in Basilan; Sumisip and Lamitan and she shared the output of her forum held in Zamboaga City that was primarily focusing on how the stakeholders could extend help to the communities. To further help the youth, she introduced the program of Dualtech. “Ang kagandahan ng scholarship na ito, ang programa ay 2 years pero ang ilalagi nyo sa school ay 6 months. Pagkatapos ay madedeploy na kayo sa kumpanya kung saan kayo iaasign ng Dualtech. Maraming partners ang Dualtech at ito ay malalaking kumpanya. Ang kagandahan nito ay pag nandoon na, mayroon mabuting trabaho, damay na sa pag-asenso nang buong pamilya. Katulad nga ng kwento kanina ng isang OSY, may pag-aaral dito pero walang trabaho. Hindi natin iyan maeexperience pag scholars tayo ng Dualtech kasi kaakibat ng pag-aaral ang trabaho.”


She acknowledged the partnership of Dualtech and Veruela Municipality in Agusan Del Sur that already trained over 80 scholars whose first batch is on their second phase of training in its industry partners. She has seen the transformation of the scholars from being the timid-type to becoming confident and disciplined when this group visited the Office of the Vice President in Quezon City.

Addressing the OSYs, Vice President Robredo said, “nasa mga kamay na ninyo ang buhay ng inyong lugar. Ang pinakamalaking tulong namin, hindi iyong pansamantala lang, ang tulong namin ay binibigyan kayo ng armas para baguhin ang buhay para maiwan na ang kahirapan. Wala naman tayong ninanais kundi mabago ang mukha ng lugar pag bumuti na ang mga buhay ng mga tao. Iyon ang aking pangarap, hindi lang sa Sumisip kundi pati sa buong lalawigan ng Basilan.” Together with the partnership of different stakeholders and with the cooperation of the people from Basilan, there will be promising progress and lasting impact in the province.

The visit concluded with the OVP’s announcement of co-funding for the training of 20 selected scholars from Basilan. As there are more deserving OSYs on limited scholarship slots, interested donors may contact Mr. Okeek Sta Ana at 09363796976 or registrar@dualtech.org.ph.