The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Ilagan, Isabela provided two skills training modules to twenty-five soldiers from the 5th Infantry Division, Philippine Army 1st Light Armored Cavalry Troops, the Philippine News Agency reported on Monday, May 20.

The training in coordination with the officers in the camp consisted of carpentry, masonry and welding.

The Masonry NC II course included programs that taught them to construct using bricks and block concrete structures, install pre-cast baluster/handrail and even plaster concrete wall surface.

Under the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC II course, on the other hand, soldiers were taught how to weld carbon steel plate and pipe components using as guide layouts, blueprints, diagrams, work order, welding procedure or oral construction employing shielded metal arc welding equipment.

“We can now do some repair in our barracks if needed,” soldier-trainee Army T/Sgt. Joemar L. Marino added, ”We can also make use of these learnings to earn once  when we retire from the service.”

Another soldier-trainee, T/Sgt. Rico N. Laylo said he will propagate the knowledge and skills to his neighbors and community members, saying “The  training also aims to provide additional skills for us soldiers which we can use to help our communities.” (JoelMangahis)