by RASHID RH. BAJO/Mindanao Desk
KORONADAL CITY, Philippines –– Undeniably, thousands of people in South Cotabato province are dreaming. Those dreams vary, depending on the pictures of their likes. Some, if not mostly, are dreaming to become rich or maybe, managing their own business someday.
Mr. Jessie Belandres, an aspiring baker of this city, knew that if he only keeps on dreaming, nothing will come.
By the way, he is dreaming to own a complete set of bakery oven. So, Belandres sets his goal –– to get a short course certification from the government’s Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in South Cotabato province.
Belandres enrolled in the TESDA’s Special Training for Employment Program (STEP) as one of the scholars of Deputy Speaker/South Cotabato 2nd District Rep. Atty. Ferdinand “DINAND” Hernandez. He took and finished Bread and Pastry Production NC II course.
Belandres got his TESDA certification after attending several weeks of training for bread and pastry production at the St. Alexius College in this city.
Seeing the need to fully realize the dreams of his 25 scholars, who took the TESDA’s STEP course under his scholarship program, Congressman Hernandez bought tool kits (a complete set of oven) for bakery and pastry production for them.
Last Wednesday (March 17, 2021), Belandres, together with other 24 fellow scholars, gladly received the said tool kits during a simple ceremony.
The awarding of tool kits was witnessed by Ms. Evelyn Usero of TESDA–South Cotabato and John Thomas Franco of St. Alexius College.
South Cotabato Board Member Esther Marin Catorce, who stood on behalf of Congressman Hernandez during the awarding program, gave her best wishes for the 25 scholar–beneficiaries, saying “good luck and may you all have successful business ventures.”
Catorce said Belandrez personally expressed his gratitude to TESDA, Deputy Speaker Hernandez and St. Alexius College for making his dream into reality and by honing his skills in baking that eventually would help alleviate his family’s standard of living. (Photo credit to Board Member Esther Marin Catorce)