After a month of extended stay due to the coronavirus pandemic, CTU Argao student Juanito Enricoso returned home from Israel in October, telling ICPA the great relief he felt.
The University Internationalization and ASEAN Integration (IAI) Office reported, in a statement, to have sent home a total of 61 on-the-job trainees, four of whom were from Israel and 57 from Thailand.
Enricoso left the Philippines in September of 2019, alongside three others from CTU Barili, to learn agro-based technologies and techniques for 11 months at Kfar Gil’adi Agricultural Cooperating Industries (KGACI).
Being the sole recipient from CTU Argao of the Agricultural Education Program grant, he shared his being exposed to farm works— harvesting apples, oranges, lychees, grapes, and avocados; pruning trees, installing drip irrigation, grafting trees ,etc.—in the country known for agricultural advancements.
Student Internship Abroad Program (SIAP) and KGACI had given him the best accommodation and monthly allowance, he continued.
Meanwhile, though not repatriated, interns from The Netherlands were also able to complete the training and had a safe return, IAI added.
Recently, the university promulgated Resolution No. 254, series of 2020, setting protocols for OJT Programs in the new normal, where virtual or blended learning shall continue between the school and the cooperating industry until an order from the Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) is issued on the resumption of in-person arrangement. Evangeline Rellin/ICPA Argao