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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Apr 22, 2018

Mader Ricky Reyes Partners With Tesda's Sec. Gene Mamondiong & Nha's Asst. Gen. Mgr. Froilan Kampitan For A Worthy Project, Skills 2D Max

 MADER RICKY REYES, beauty maven and award winning TV host of the long running show, “Gandang Ricky Reyes”, has always been known for her philanthropic involvements in instituting livelihood programs for the poor. She now partners with Sec. Gene Mamondiong of TESDA (Technical Education & Skills Development Authority) and Gen. Mgr. Marcelino Escalada and Asst. Mgr. Froilan Kampitan of NHA (National Housing Authority) in SKILLS 2D MAX: Angking Galing Mobile Livelihood Caravan that will help train poor people living in depressed areas to earn on their own.

“I started doing this with Isang Gunting, Isang Suklay in 1984 sa Bulihan in Gen. Mariano Alvarez, under the Ramos administration,” says Mader Ricky. “I’ve worked under other administrations and this time, with Pres. Rodrigo Duterte naman. I love working with Sec. Mamondiong kasi straight siya, galit sa corruption. When he took over TESDA, he sent letters to various schools kasi dati, ang partnership is with schools. Sa mga sinulatan niya, nagbalikan ang sulat ng karamihan. It turned out, the schools where TESDA money are supposed to go, non-existent pala. So saan napunta yung pera? This time, hands on si Sec. Mamondiong kaya we partner with NHA in taking the training to the barangay level. Hindi kailangang magpunta ng participants sa schools dahil kami mismo ang pupunta sa kanila at lahat ng gagamitin sa training nila, libre. Noon pa, sinabi ko nang yung basta ire-relocate mo ang informal settlers won’t be that effective kasi wala silang jobs doon. So they just get their house and lots, then they sell it, tapos balik sila sa squatting sa siyudad. Ayoko ng doleouts, yung umaasa lang sa hingi. Dapat, you should help create opportunities for livelihood right doon sa lugar na nilipatan nila. That’s our goal, lalo pa ngayong maraming solo mothers na mag-isang pinapalaki ang mga anak nila.”

“Poverty is the biggest problem of our country and Pres. Duterte really aims to help uplift the plight of our poor,” says Sec. Mamondiong. “And we can do this by training our people. Right now, gustong-gusto ang Filipino skilled workers abroad, kilala sila sa buong mundo kasi masisipag. So we should train more of our people, even construction workers who we need for Pres. Duterte’s Build Build Build program. Kaya lang, after training them, they prefer to work abroad kasi mas malaki raw ang bayad sa kanila. So with the training we’ll do, they can put up their own family enterprises para sila maging entrepreneurs. We’ve already sent letters to all barangays so they can send their poor people to train with us.”

The biggest area they’ll help is Payatas, which has 250,000 people. They’re partnering with QC Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte to do this. Other areas include Bagong Silang, Welfareville, Montalban Resettlement, Smokey Mountain, Dagat-Dagatan, Maricaban, Manggahan Floodway, Bilibid Resettlement and San Jose del Monte Resettlement. All participants will be given an allowance of P100 per day during training and starter kits to help them start with their own small business after the training. The grand launch will be on May 8, 2018 at Smokey Mountain.