The LIVELIHOOD advocacy of Congresswoman BH is focused primarily on empowering the lives of her constituents through knowledge, skills training and capability building. She delivers programs that last not just for a day but for a lifetime, enabling them to be employed or be entrepreneurs, thus allowing them to be productive members of our society.
One-day Skills Training
Bagong Henerasyon Foundation, Inc. (BHFI) is a Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) – accredited training institution. Bagong Henerasyon initially provided in 2002 livelihood skills trainings such as basic haircutting, reflexology, meat-processing, candle-making and other one-day skills training, to thousands beneficiaries particularly women and out-of-school youth. For these efforts, TESDA gave the foundation recognition in 2003, as the “Best Community Training and Employment Coordinator (CTEC) in the National Capital Region“, through its Executive Director, Mr. Butch Lukban.
Bagong Henerasyon continuously implements these one-day skills training in Quezon City and nearby cities, municipalities and provinces in partnership with TESDA.
Bagong Henerasyon also has an on-going partnership with Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte and Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. to implement their skills training program in Quezon City.
Together with the Social Services Development Department of the Quezon City Government, Bagong Henerasyon also undertakes 3-month technical skills training such as Hotel and Restaurant Service (HRS), High Speed Sewing, Dress Making and Tailoring, Building and Wiring and Cosmetology, that will introduce student-beneficiaries as better service-providers or as a budding entrepreneurs.
PARTNERSHIPS with GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
Bagong Henerasyon also worked closely with pertinent agencies of both the local and national government; the Public Employment Services Office for job placements of its trainees and other individuals; the Department of Labor and Employment for the SKILLISTA, which aims to identify the skills of the constituents in each barangay as well as on-line job placements for them; the Task Force Sikap Buhay for micro-financing where 27 Microfinancing Centers were established and 1,232 struggling women entrepreneurs were given seed money for small scale businesses; and the Department of Interior and Local Government for the training on entrepreneurship and business planning of 435 out-of-school youths with seed money that were able to establish 64 small business.
TRAINING FOR WORK SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS
In 2006, Bagong Henerasyon Foundation accredited itself with TESDA as a provider of Call Center Training, wherein more than 15,000 have been trained to date and a lot have been successfully placed and it still continuously provides said training. BH Foundation is also accredited in other training programs such as Massage Therapy and Wellness Massage (Pinoy Hilot), each with more than 10,000 graduates, Motorcycle and Small Engine Servicing with more than 1,000 graduates, and Dressmaking and Tailoring with also more than 1,000 graduates. Most of these graduates are now earning their own money using their newfound skill.
Recognizing the need for Welding Training in Quezon City, it partnered with Labor-Link to establish the first welding training center in Quezon City, registered with TESDA, located at Kaingin Road, Barangay Apolonio Samson in Febraury 20, 2007 and has now produced more than 2,000 graduates, most of whom are duly employed here and abroad.
The success of Bagong Henerasyon with these trainings can be attributed to the fact that they bring the training to the barangay itself that has interested students, to lessen the transportation cost burden of the beneficiaries.
In February 2010, Bagong Henerasyon launched its newest baby, the BH SKILLS-ON-WHEELS (BH-SOW), which is a 30-foot container van converted into a classroom with 10 computers, 10 speech laboratory equipments, 10 high-speed sewing machines, 10 welding machines, 10 cell phone repair kits and 10 massage beds capable of delivering said skills to different barangays. Once you park this school, a fully operational Skills Training Center giving FREE quality livelihood training is now right at the very doorsteps of the target beneficiaries. The BH-SOW was made possible as part of P60 Million grant given by the European Union (EU) to Women’s Health Care Foundation (WHCF – lead proponent), Bagong Henerasyon Foundation and Health and Development Initiatives Institute, Inc. (HDII) for their project entitled, Engaging Multi-stakeholder Participation in Health Advocacy towards Sustainable and Innovative Information and Services in Reproductive Health (EMPHASIS-RH). The role of BH Foundation is to implement the livelihood training programs in the 15 adopted communities of the project in a span of five (5) years, namely, Bgy. 178 in Camarin, Caloocan; Bgy. Gulod in Quezon City; Bgy. 649 in Baseco, Manila; Bgy. 144 in Malibay, Pasay; UP Campus in Quezon City; San Dionisio in Paranaque; Northbay blvd in South Navotas; Addition Hills in Mandaluyong City; Bagong Nayon in Anipolo City; Bgy. Manggahan in Pasig City; Bgy. San Jose in Montalban, Rizal; Bgy. San Pedro and Bgy. Citrus in San Jose Del Monte Bulacan; Bgy. Bahay Toro in Quezon City and Bgy. Malanday, Marikina.
In order to fully empower the lives of her constituents, Congresswoman BH partnered with TEVSAPHIL, Inc., which is an association of more than 100 Technical-Vocational schools that provides training in different courses. A SCHOLARSHIP FAIR was held on May 18, 2009 in partnership with TESDA to match the Scholarships available for each school and its course to the students looking for scholarships. This is the first time such a fair was held and it became very successful and will be repeated soon. The following scholarships were distributed on that day:
|TESDA COURSE||NO. OF SCHOLARS|
|Comp. Hardware Servicing||1,452|
|Food & Beverage||300|
|Hairdressing Nc Ii||50|
|Health Care Services||25|
|Security Nc I & Nc II||226|
|Welding Smaw / Gmaw||1,518|
In July 20, 2009, Bagong Henerasyon in partnership with TESDA, TEVSAPHIL-QC and Congresswoman Nanette Castelo Daza, revived the SKILLS OLYMPICS in Quezon City. We invited the different tech-voc schools of Quezon City to join the competition in order to assess the quality of their training. The training programs included in the competition are as follows:
Flower Arrangement Table Skirting Bed Making Barista Wine Mixing Cake Decoration
Make-up/Hairstyling Massage Decorative Candle Making
Throw Pillow Making Mechatronics Welding
Automotive Service Masonry Carpentry
Bagong Henerasyon is now preparing for a Regional and National Skills Olympics in partnership with TESDA and TEVSAPHIL National.