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Livelihood students put their learning to test during the on-the-job training in Sta. Mesa

January 29, 2019 | Charissa Tulinao

Two livelihood students from the welding course under the supervision of an instructor carefully inspect measurement for the on-going construction of the new Jing Si Hall. 【Photo by Charissa Tulinao】

Story Highlights

  • The Tzu Chi Great Love Campus (TCGLC) in Sta. Mesa is currently undergoing construction. Five Welding course students from the livelihood training program was assigned to assist in the construction of the new Jing Si Hall as part of their on-the-job training.


Tzu Chi foundation deliberately continues to uphold its missions by providing opportunities to the less fortunate by offering assistance in the field of education, medical and dental aid. These services are available at the Tzu Chi Great Love Campus (TCGLC) in Sta. Mesa, Manila. The complex currently has an eye center; dental clinic, livelihood training programs and a recycling ground.

Most of the complex in Tzu Chi Great Love campus is currently undergoing major construction to give more room and convenience to the pile of citizens visiting the campus in hope of assistance. 

As part of the on-the-job (OJT) training, the livelihood students under the welding course have been assigned to different buildings with priority set on the construction of dormitories and the new Jing Si hall.

Four trainees was tasked to build railings for the second floor of the Jing Si hall. Among them was Annie Tapaz. She travels from her home in Bulacan to Sta. Mesa. The long commute did not hinder her from attending her classes everyday, and eventually hopeful to complete her training hours. Annie is grateful that she can practice her skill and contribute to the construction of the hall but nervous at the same time.

‘I am happy because if we do finish the railings, we would be able to proclaim that all our hard work was successful.’ said, Tapaz.

Ma. Hilda Catubay, a 36-year old, single mother of 2 also expressed her gratitude towards the training program. She finds herself lucky for participating in the construction.

Hilda worries on qualifying for a job and being nervous and uncomfortable at work. She is thankful to the foundation for granting them not only work skills they could use a lifetime, but as well as, values and manners to properly practice these skills.

A former Tzu Chi livelihood student, and now one of the training program instructor, Elpidio Valdez Jr. stated that Tzu Chi Philippines CEO Henry Yuñez asked him to assign some of the students to the construction for their OJT.

‘Possibly, one of the reasons why he wanted some students to be assigned here is so he could see how much they have learned from their training and also how well they get along with the other workers.’ said Valdez Jr.

Valdez oversee the students during work to properly guide them with the technicalities in getting the right measurements and maintaining the quality of work.

He believes that as long as they follow the correct techniques and instructions, the railings for the Jing Si hall in Sta. Mesa would be completed by the students in no time.

  • Annie Tapaz applies the skill she learned as she cuts the metal for the railings. 【Photo by Charissa Tulinao】

  • Annie Tapaz measures part of the railing to weld. 【Photo by Charissa Tulinao】

  • Metal rods are transferred from the first floor to the second floor of the Jing Si Hall by the livelihood students, Annie Tapaz and Hilda Catubay. 【Photo by Jonas Trinidad】

  • Hilda Catubay is being helped by Annie Tapaz in cutting the metal rod. 【Photo by Jonas Trinidad】

  • Elpidio Valdez Jr. supervised the trainees as they work on the metal railings 【Photo by Jonas Trinidad】