CALUBIAN, Leyte–The TESDA-Calubian National Vocational School, Calubian, Leyte in partnership with the GREEN HELMETS – a non-government organization based in Germany and Palompon Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Palompon, Leyte is currently conducting a 4-day Trainers Training in Carpentry at TESDP Hall in CNVS.

It started last April 1 and to end on April 4, 2014.

The opening program on the 1st day of the training was highlighted by the presence of TESDA 8 Regional Director Cleta M. Omega, TESDA-Leyte Provincial Director Loreta D. Banario, Ms. Perla Lucas from the National Trainers Training Academy of TESDA Central Office in Manila,  the team of four members from Green Helmets volunteers  headed by Mr. Martin Marke Mikat and Mr. Hannes Zahner, the president of Palompon Chamber of Commerce & Industry Ms Warblitz Martinez, the school adminstrator Ms Daisy L. Lagaday and Ms Jenna from Save the Children – a non-government organization.

Some of the instructors and employees were also present.

Ms Daisy Lagaday in her welcome remarks was very happy for the concerted efforts and support by its partners- the PCCI and Green Helmets and of course the regional and provincial directors of TESDA.

Similarly, the president of Palompon Chamber of Commerce & Industry was also happy in her message.

She recalled the  several steps how she was able to invite  Green Helmets to come to the Philippines to help the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda who are helpless and homeless.

On the other hand, Regional Director Cleta M. Omega was also grateful and thankful for the support of its partners who shared a common goal and understanding.

The purpose of the training is to train the instructors in the use of Green Helmets model.  It is expected that after the trainers training, TESDA can bring the technology of Green Helmets in building and making a house.

It was noted that the Green Helmets model house is quite different from the design commonly used by Filipinos.  It is unique and considered typhoon and earthquake resistant and economical.

It is for these reasons that TESDA and CNVS in particular want to get the technology of the Green Helmets so that it can be applied by its instructors in carpentry.

It is also hoped that with the support of other NGOs or LGUs, more houses can be built using the Green Helmets model.

It was recorded that there are 19 participants of this training.  Some came from TESDA schools in Samar, Leyte, and from RTC Cebu.  Others came from private techvoc schools, DepEd Calubian South and the rest are practicing carpenters. (Gerardo Salera Pag-ong)