PALO, Leyte- Aside from conducting repair of damaged public structures due to supertyphoon Yolanda, the Korean soldiers will also now conduct teaching of their language and training on how to operate heavy equipment.
This was revealed by Colonel Chun Won Lee, head of the Korean Araw Force Contingent, whose group is based in this town.
The Korean contingent is among the foreign groups that assisted the country in the aftermath of Yolanda and is to stay until the end of this year.
Since their arrival in Leyte, the group has rehabilitated the Leyte Provincial Hospital and various schools in the province.
Lee said that the training on heavy equipment operation will be in partnership with the Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) that will provide the theoretical knowledge while practicum or the actual training will be handled by them.
The skills training will last for six weeks, three weeks for theory and three weeks for the practicum.
Initially, 48 students will attend the heavy equipment training with each of them to receive P100 daily as a stipend, Lee said.
There will be 12 batches for the heavy equipment training with trainees coming from the towns of Tolosa, Tanauan and Palo and from the city of Tacloban.
Upon completion, they will be given a certificate by TESDA which they used in looking for job not only in the country but also abroad.
Col. Lee also explained that the reason why they offered such training is that some local government units have heavy equipment but they lack trained personnel to handle them.
As for the training of Korean language, which is being held at the Pawing Elementary School in Palo, Lee explained that those with knowledge or knows how to speak their language have advantage to find jobs in their country.
“Korean government favors more those who speak and understand our language,” said Col Lee.
Lee said that they want to help typhoon survivors to have the knowledge and skills that could help them land jobs for them to earn money. (ROEL T.AMAZONA)