AKO BICOL’s services to its constituents continue uninterrupted, even before the start of the 17th Congress. Recently, 13 graduates of AKO BICOL’s scholarship program in welding were hired in a large assembly plant of automobiles and heavy equipment in Angeles City, Pampanga.
This is a result of the quality training they received from AKO BICOL’s program in cooperation with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and a training center in Legazpi City.
According to Rexie Lozada, a beneficiary of the program from Barangay Layon, Ligao, Albay, AKO BICOL’s assistance in helping him and his classmates become certified welders was a great help to them. “We are filled with gratitude to AKO BICOL that it helped us not only get the training we need but also refer us to jobs where we can use the skills we learned, have productive employment and improve our lives,” Lozada said.
Together with Lozada who were hired were Nicson Piando, Don Cañaveral, Paulo Bihag, Romel Saberdo, Arman Alim, Lorenzo Castillo, Emelio Benosa Jr., Jay Panarigan, Alvin Quejada, Israel Albaniel, German Marantal and Arnulfo Brillante.
AKO BICOL has assisted more than 6,000 Bicolanos get free technical-vocational trainings since the partylist was first elected to congress. Around 70 percent of AKO BICOL’s technical-vocational training scholars find work within six months after they finish their course.