New batch of butchers now ready for Australia

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Saturday, January 5, 2013

TWENTY-THREE more skilled butchers are ready to fly to Australia this month after they were presented before city officials and city employees during the regular flag-raising rites on Monday.

The group, comprising the second batch of skilled butchers from the city, was presented by Dr. Jesus Edullantes, the city's chief veterinarian.

They were trained by the City Government under the Skills Training Program spearheaded by Tagum City Mayor Rey T. Uy and have passed the actual trade test with rigid interview.


They were hired by Tey's Bro Meat Company based in New South Wales and Queensland, Australia.

Twenty three skilled butchers are set to venture their success in Australia's meat processing companies.

Eight of them were scheduled to fly on January 3, nine on January 7, and the remaining six butchers will be leaving on January 14.

The new batch, composed of a number of registered nurses, policemen, entrepreneurs and a pawnshop manager who wish to try their luck in the land down under.

The City Government is solidifying its lead in ensuring people's empowerment with the huge success of if its skills training program, judging by the number who graduated, most of whom gained employment here and abroad.

Tagum City has been equipping Tagumeños and even from other neighboring provinces for Community Skills Training Program, initiated by the City Mayor's Office-Special Operations Unit under Mr. Javier Balaba and the City Veterinarian Office under Dr. Jesus G. Edullantes.

Those who enroll in the program undergo a six-month hands-on training at the Tagum City's Slaughterhouse in Barangay East.

The local government also has its joint venture with the University of Mindanao-Tagum Campus to make certain the skilled butchers to be competitive in their writing, reading and listening skills through a free class tutorial Skilled Workers English Enhancement Program oe Sweep.

Last December 14, 2012 was the graduation of the 5th batch of this program at the UMTC AVR attended by the community-skilled based graduates. This will help them ensure to pass International English Language Testing System, or IELTS, one of the requirements needed to work abroad.

From 2008 to January 2013, a total of 171 butchers have already been deployed abroad.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 06, 2013.


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