|Out-of-school youth are undergoing training
in Landscape Installation and Maintenance.
SM Foundation is well known for its vegetable training program called “Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan” Farmers Training Program.
Little known is the fact that SM Foundation is also conducting several skills development courses.
At the Foundation’s Skills Training Center in Nasugbu, Batangas, several training courses have been conducted for women, men and the youth.
These include Specialized Hospitality Skills training program, tailoring and dressmaking, candle making, and the “Isang Gunting, Isang Kulot” program. These training courses are conducted inpartnership with Fil-Hair Foundation, Taal Vista Hotel, CDHI, and Pico de Loro Beach and Country Club, and Hotel Specialist Inc.
Most of the graduates are already employed in the partner agencies while others opted to find employment in Metro Manila. Still others have put up their own businesses like those who finished the courses in candle making.
Landscaping Installation and Maintenance, the latest of these livelihood projects, has graduated 26 out-of-school youth. The 30-day course was conducted at the SM Foundation Skills Training Center in Nasugbu by Dr. Armando Palijon of UP Los Baños and Lorenz Palec, landscape supervisor at the Costa del Hamilo, Inc. Estate Management Office. Better work opportunities await these graduates after hurdling the examination and skills assessment given by TESDA.
Other livelihood projects include free-range chicken raising, hog and carabao dispersal, tree planting and mangrove reforestaion, and backyard farming.