25 victims of domestic violence receive livelihood skills training – Manila Bulletin

BAGUIO CITY – Twenty-five women victims of domestic violence have completed livelihood training provided by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority-Benguet as part of the celebration of International Women’s Month.

The program was in partnership with Development Authority-Benguet, INAluyon-Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center-Women, Children Protection Unit (BGHMC-WPCU) and Baguio City School of Arts and Trades (BCSAT).

The three-day skills training included face-to-face bread dough making and food processing as part of the community program held at the BCSAT Hotel from March 9-11.

Jimmicio Daoaten, Provincial Director of TESDA Bengue, said the project aims to equip women with knowledge and livelihood skills they can use to start small businesses themselves, develop financial independence and empower women through employability.

According to Daoaten, TESDA provided specialized training to women to empower them and expand their opportunities for social and economic development.

INAluyon is a BGHMC-WPCU women’s support group for physically and mentally abused women. The group, in its holistic approach to case management, provides services to these women to support their healing and recovery. However, access to these services has been interrupted due to the pandemic.

The INAluyon group was created in response to the challenge of psychosocial care for women victims of violence in the midst of a pandemic. Most interns have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from their partner or any abuser.

“INAluyon Group had a proposal with TESDA Benguet and when we saw their type of client, we immediately partnered with them,” Daoaten said.

Beneficiaries expressed their gratitude to TESDA for the livelihood skills training they learned in order to have better employment opportunities that could provide additional income for them and their families.

“With this new skill you taught us, it will help us find jobs and start a small business. Some of us may have been hurt but we cannot be broken because women are a diamond more tough as fingernails and a jewel in rock, a woman is made of steel, you can bend her but she will never be broken,” said one of the trainees.

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